Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has expressed his anger and disbelief at proposals to significantly cut bus services in Denton and Reddish.
Stagecoach intend to withdraw the 204, 206 and 207 bus services and replace them with a single 202 service. Meanwhile, the current 205 service from Manchester via Gorton will no longer run to Denton and will terminate at Dane Bank instead.
Services in Reddish will also be affected by the proposals, in which Stagecoach will scrap the 329 route and reroute the number 7 service. This rerouted service will take in some of the 329 route, with a new 7A service taking in other parts of the 329 route.
All of these changes are proposed for implementation from 30 August.
Gwynne has written to Stagecoach urging them to rethink the proposed changes and, on Friday 31 July, he joined with Denton West Councillors George Jones, Brenda Warrington and Mike Smith to protest the move outside Dane Bank shops bus stop on Windmill Lane.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I am very angry and disappointed that Stagecoach once again seem to have put profit before communities. These proposed changes mean worse services for people in Dane Bank, Reddish, Haughton Green and Denton.
“What makes this even worse is that there was no consultation whatsoever on these significant changes. Had they asked, residents would have given a clear message that these are vital services that should not be removed or downgraded.
“I’m joining with local councillors to call on Stagecoach to urgently rethink these changes – particularly the decision to sever the bus link between Dane Bank and Denton town centre, which is absolutely unacceptable.”
Speaking on behalf of the Denton West Councillors, Councillor George Jones said:
“The planned changes to Stagecoach services are totally unfair and target our most in need communities – mainly our elderly residents.
“For many, a Dane Bank to Denton link is vital for them to access important services, shops and leisure facilities. Many will be just emerging from a significant period of shielding and, as such, good transport links to Denton Town Centre are vital for both their physical and mental health.”