PARTIERS out on the town on New Year’s Eve will be able to catch an early hours bus home.
Five Wigan Nightbus services – which complement bus operators’ own services and usually run on Friday and Saturday nights – will be on the road into the early hours of Wednesday working from stops outside Wigan North Western railway station in Wallgate.
While there will be fewer buses from early evening onwards on New Year’s Eve, 16 late night services will also run from Manchester city centre along major corridors.
Manchester’s Metrolink will also run a later service, with trams on all routes running well past 1am.
Transport for Greater Manchester’s Head of Bus Howard Hartley said: “Getting home easily and affordably on New Year’s Eve can be a challenge so it makes sense to look at your public transport options and plan ahead.
“Nightbuses have been running on many routes for over a decade now and are well established as a safe, cheap and reliable way of getting home.
“Most routes will run to between 3am and 4am so I’d encourage people to check in advance and see if it’s a good way for them to get home.
“Metrolink will also be running services well past 1am on all routes.”
WIGAN Nightbus services comprise No 598 (to Hindley and Leigh), 600 (to Ashton, Golborne and Platt Bridge), 632 (to Pemberton, Highfield Grange and Hawkley Hall), 635 (to Shevington and Standish) and 695 (to Orrell, Abbey Lakes and Upholland).
The number 39 Nightbus service will run from Manchester Piccardily Gardens to Leigh via Tydlesley.
Special fares may apply after 8pm. For more detailed information about individual services and fares, contact your service operator or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33. Traveline opening hours can be found in the Christmas services leaflet at www.tfgm.com/christmas.