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24 Oct 2016
The new 85A service, which is an variation of the regular 85, has been created to provide customers along Withington Road with affordable and connected transport as the leading local bus operator continues to play its part in providing travel links for people across Greater Manchester.
The service, which will run which up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, will operate from Chorlton to Manchester city centre via Sale, Chorlton and Whalley Range, meaning passengers no longer have to make their own way to Alexandra Road South to catch the nearest bus service.
Stagecoach Manchester commercial director, Ben Jarvis, said: “We’ve been working closely with the community in Whalley Range to make sure they have accessible and affordable transport links to the wider Greater Manchester region. The new 85A service is a direct result of the feedback we’ve had from local people who are working hard to make the Whalley Range area as good as it can be.
“We’ve invested heavily in new buses and services over the last decade and the 85A service will benefit from a fleet of buses that are each fitted with complimentary Wi-Fi and the latest Euro 6 engines to decrease the impact of public transport in the local area.”
Labour Councillor for Whalley Range, Angeliki Stogia, said: “"Everyone in Whalley Range is pleased that the new 85A Stagecoach bus restores a bus service along Withington Road and Yarburgh Street. Encouraged by the Withington Road First Steps Project, Stagecoach invested in a local consultation organised by the project reacting positively to the results. Thanks are due to local community activists Dave Saunders and Bill Williams and all who took part."
Whalley Range resident, Dave Saunders, said: “Right from the start, Stagecoach Manchester were supportive of the idea to bring a new bus route to the area and contributed to the costs of gathering evidence. More than 650 people gave their views and traders and residents were overwhelmingly in favour. The bus service will add to the vibrancy of this local shopping area and make the local shops more accessible.”