Low passenger figures blamed for night bus axe

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THREE of Wigan’s night bus services are to be scrapped at the end of the month because of low passenger numbers.

A total of eight services have run on Friday and Saturday nights from Wigan bus station since 2002 but lack of use in recent years has meant that bosses have decided to axe the three with the lowest numbers.

The other five will remain but will be monitored and could also be axed if passenger number continue to fall. The three to be scrapped are the 628, 629 and 631 services.

Bus 628 leaves the town centre and travels to Marsh Green, Kitt Green, Norley Hall and Pemberton, leaving at 12.10am, 1.10am, 2.10am and 3.10am.

The 629 service takes passengers from the bus station to Spring View, Platt Bridge, Castle Hill and Hindley Green. It leaves the town centre at 12.35am, 1.35am and 2.35am. The 631 service leaves Wigan at 12.40am, 1.40am and 2.40am.

That bus travels to Worsley Mesnes, Hawkley Hall, Marus Bridge, Highfield Grange and ends up in Pemberton.

All three of those services will terminate after next weekend, Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.

The remaining five buses will remain in use for another year subject to an ongoing review of passenger use.

TfGM’s Bus and Rail Director, Michael Renshaw, said: “There has been a steady decline in passengers on all the services, particularly since the change in licensing laws, and unfortunately we’ve now had to withdraw the three services that were being least used.

“TfGM has a limited budget to pay bus operators to run services that will most benefit the local community, and we need to make best use of it.

“We had hoped that some of these services or journeys would have been provided commercially by bus operators – as in other areas of Greater Manchester. Regrettably, this has not happened.”