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Petitioning Andy Heggie First Manchester and 3 others

Keep the Bolton and Salford Nightbus!

Every weekend thousands, of people from Bolton and Salford take the trip into Manchester to enjoy the nightlife. Be it to visit the many bars and restaurants, go to gigs, or simply to visit friends. Many of these rely on the 36 or number 8 Night bus to get them home safely - and cheaply. 

First Manchester's recent decision to remove these services will have a serious impact on people in the Bolton and Salford area - particularly young adults. This decision means public transport options for passengers in Bolton and Salford will halt just after Midnight - effectively meaning that when the clock strikes 12 all those reliant on public transport must dash for their carriages or be stranded. 

Problems identified include:

  • Visitors from Bolton to Manchester will have to leave Manchester on the final train - currently at 00:16 from Manchester Piccadilly - if they wish to get home without huge cost to themselves. 
  • Those who miss the train or choose to remain in Manchester longer will only have the option of returning by Taxi, which can cost as much as £50 or more.
  • In particular the LGBT+ community in Bolton who may visit Manchester's bustling gay scene will effectively cut off from the wider Greater Manchester LGBT+ community
  • Safety of individuals is at risk with some people - especially under the influence of alcohol - deciding to attempt to walk home. This puts them at serious risk of crime and other dangers. 
  • Students in Manchester who may have considered locating themselves in Bolton due to cheaper rents will be put off by the lack of travel options available to them on Friday and Saturday nights and decide to locate elsewhere - severely impacting the local economy.
  • Many people from the town work late shifts in bars and clubs in Manchester and rely on the Night Bus to bring them home. These people will now be forced to either find work nearer to home or spend the majority of their earnings for their shift on taxi fares.

We are asking for First Manchester, TFGM and the Bolton Council representative on Transport for Greater Manchester to postpone the planned removal of these services until a full consultation has taken place and an alternative put in place that will allow residents of Bolton to continue to enjoy the nightlife of Manchester whilst allowing them to get home safely and cheaply - whilst acknowledging that any service needs to be sustainable.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Andy Heggie
    First Manchester
  • Service Planning Officer
    Transport for Greater Manchester
  • David Chadwick
    Bolton Council representatives to TfGM
  • Secretary of State for Transport
    Patrick McLoughlin MP

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