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Daytime journeys of 343 to transfer from Stagecoach Manchester to Stott’s of Oldham

Volvo Olympian R365 DJN, Stotts of Oldham, Mossley Market Place

The latest instalment of the Continuing Saga of the Former SpeedwellBus Journeys reaches a new twist this coming Monday. Coinciding with the start of the spring/summer term, Stott’s of Oldham will take over the daytime service of our favoured bus route. There will be slight changes to the timetable, allowing for the traffic on schooldays journeys and of course, the Metrolink works at Mumps Bridge.

Stott’s of Oldham is a familiar face around these parts. They have operated the 342 and 344 (Hyde – Backbower Circular) routes since January. Stagecoach Manchester will take over these routes from Monday, swapping a longer 344 (the solitary weekday journey via Waterhead) for several more succinct local journeys around Hyde. In Dukinfield, they have operated the weekday 41 (Crowhill – Ashton – Dukinfield) service which has been taken over by First Pioneer. Though they already operate the evening, weekend and Bank Holiday services, they will become the sole operators of the 41 – this time with a fleet of brand spanking new hybrid Solo SRs.

Elsewhere, JPT Travel’s Saturday service will be rerouted to follow the weekday route, via Hey Farm and Roaches. One wonders how long it would be before First’s route follows suit.

We wish Stott’s of Oldham the best of luck with the 343. They’ve operated a most reliable service on the 41, so we shouldn’t expect anything less.

S.V., 14 April 2012.

Snow stifles operations

Unless you’ve been on Mars for the last few days, you may well have read about the adverse weather conditions facing the Tameside area. As a consequence, this has had an adverse effect on road conditions and of course, bus and rail services. The 343 is of course no exception. Read the rest of this entry »

Postponed route revision reinstated

After a gap of nearly two years, Carrbrook Village will be reconnected to the 343 route on a Monday to Friday basis. Following requests from residents forced to change at the Buckton Castle for Top Mossley and beyond, this will save them the joys of getting a 348 or S48 that will connect with the 343 itself. A further change to the route involves the addition of new links to Roaches and Hey Farm. Read the rest of this entry »

The 343 route has a fair number of pubs along its route which feature or have featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. From the 2010 edition of the Good Beer Guide are the following public houses: Read the rest of this entry »

Greetings all, lovers of local bus routes around Stalybridge and Hyde. Welcome to this new blog dedicated to the 343 bus route from Oldham to Mossley and Hyde. Having been a long term user of this route myself, I thought that it deserved its own spot in cyberspace.

As the 343 has seen countless changes over its lifetime, I thought that the service needed some extra publicity. Its unique selling point is being the only bus to link all four constituents of the former SHMD Joint Board (Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley and Dukinfield Joint Board). This means due reference to leisure facilities along the route from playing fields to public houses.

There will also be reference to service changes affecting the route including frequencies and fares. Future posts may include reference to other 343 buses around the UK and Europe. In time, this will become a useful resource for the Hyde to Mossley and Oldham.

Enjoy the ride,

S.V., 06 July 2010.