James with the bosses of Bury
James with the bosses of Bury's bus operators

Ramsbottom residents will get further improvements to local bus services in the autumn following a campaign by local councillor Clare Cummins and MP James Frith.

James secured the re-routing of the X41 express service to Manchester through Ramsbottom in April 2018 which has been a big success among local commuters. Clare raised the need for better services to the Peel Brow area with James after discussions with local residents and James took the concerns to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

TfGM have now agreed to extend the 477 service, which runs between Bury, Summerseat and Ramsbottom, to include the Peel Brow estate. Currently, many residents on Peel Brow face a walk up and down a steep hill to the nearest bus stops. Now the 477 will be extended to stop on Peel Brow and around the estate.

Clare said: “Residents on Peel Brow told me this was a big issue. Many older people and those with young children struggle to get up and down the hill, especially in poor weather. Having a bus which comes right to the estate will make a big difference.”

James said: “I was very happy to take this up on behalf of Clare and local residents and I’m delighted that TfGM, after a little pushing, have agreed to make the necessary changes. I’m committed to improving local bus services and ensuring all residents have easy access to buses connecting all our towns and villages. My next effort will be to improve connections between Ramsbottom and Tottington and down into Bury.”

The new route will come into force from 28th October 2019 alongside an extended timetable for the 478 service, both of which will be rebranded as the B1.

James also met the chief executives of Bury’s two biggest bus operators, Transdev Rosso and Rotala, who have taken over all First services, this week to discuss further service improvements including improvements to connections through Bury-Tottington-Ramsbottom and the villages of Walshaw and Greenmount. Both operators agreed to look carefully at the proposals.

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