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Public Transport Disruptions This Weekend

Find out the services affected by the Tory Conference

Written by . Published on September 27th 2011.

Public Transport Disruptions This Weekend

TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester is advising passengers and motorists to plan for disruption and changes to public transport planned for this weekend (1 and 2 October) due to demonstrations taking place to coincide with the start of the Conservative Party Conference.

The conference will take place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex which will affect some bus services. Information on specific diversions will be available at affected stops and can be found at www.tfgm.com.

Some bus services will be diverted during the Christian Aid demonstration on Saturday 1 October from 7pm. The bus services diverted will be 33, 50, 63, 84, 105, 197, 255, 256, X41, X43, X50 and Metroshuttles 1, 2 and 3.

The TUC demonstration will be taking place on Sunday 2 October and diversions will be in place for several bus services: 8, 12, 15, 16, 26, 33, 36, 37, 41, 42, 43, 44, 50, 63, 70, 84, 85, 86, 99, 101, 104, 105, 109, 111, 130, 142, 143, 197, 250, 255, 256, 263, A40, X41, X43, X50, X57, Metroshuttles 1 and 2.

There will be changes to Metrolink services on Sunday 2 October from 12pm to 3pm (approximately). There will be no services across the city at this time:

  • Altrincham and South Manchester lines - trams will terminate at Deansgate-Castlefield
  • Eccles line – there will be a replacement bus service between Eccles and Trafford Bar, where passengers can get the tram to Deansgate Castlefield
  • Bury line services will not be affected.

Information will be available at all Metrolink stops and the website www.metrolink.co.uk.

Information about public transport services in Greater Manchester is available by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 10p a minute. Mobile and landline networks may charge more. Lines are open from 7am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8am to 8pm at weekends). 

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Simon SmithSeptember 27th 2011.

Why Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool for these conferences?

They should go back to Blackpool, Brighton and Bournemouth. These places are grateful for the off-season business and the conferences don't disrupt normal city life. And they are much more pleasant places to confer.

If they are going to hold these conferences in a city then London is the obvious choice - a party conference there would only disrupt a tiny corner of the city centre, not the whole place as in the cities mentioned above.

AnonymousSeptember 28th 2011.

Interesting that all Conservative party members attending receive a free System One travelcard - valid on any bus, train or tram in Greater Manchester - while the conference is on.

Presumably part of the deal to get the Conference here, but it annoys me.

FurFoxAcheSeptember 28th 2011.

So the biggest disruption is the protest then, not the conference itself?!

AnonymousSeptember 28th 2011.

This conference will not only be a significant boost to the City's hotels, restaurant and retailers still suffering from the economic downturn and should be welcomed. It also helps address the issues of Government being totally dominated by London.

The cost of providing travelcards is surely outweighed by the opportunity to encourage greener travel but most importantly to demonstrate progress in improving public transport and why further investment is still required.

1 Response: Reply To This...
James SpencerOctober 2nd 2011.

don't be silly it is to keep cars out of the city centre. I joined them last year on the tram :-)

Jill JillianSeptember 29th 2011.

Well done to the council for stopping the watering of the planters and hanging baskets in the city centre two weeks ago ,they're all dying now just when we want the city to look at its best.

2 Responses: Reply To This...
James SpencerOctober 2nd 2011.

its the cuts JJ why not start a Big Soc group to water them

AnonymousOctober 3rd 2011.

why is stupidity allways blamed on "the cuts"

AnonymousOctober 1st 2011.

why should the conservatives disrupt our city i work at the bottom of oxford road and travel by public transport why not have your conferences in the countryside away from the general public.

AnonymousOctober 1st 2011.

It brings in millions of pounds of revenue. Is that not a good thing? Look at the bigger picture.

Dave MartinOctober 1st 2011.

They want to reach out to the second city where no-one votes Tory, pretty obvious! And they're welcome as far as I'm concerned - come and spend some money and see its not so "grim up north" while you're here.

Welcome to Conservatives, ManchesterOctober 2nd 2011.

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