Oldham bus station
Oldham bus station is a bus station located in the town of Oldham in Greater Manchester. The bus station is found on Cheapside at the junction of West Street. The bus station opened in January 2001 and replaced the previous bus station at Town Square and the bus stops on Cheapside and West Street. The bus station is run by GMPTE. In the past, there were three terminuses in Oldham, West Street, Town Square and Mumps Bridge with services terminating in Oldham, arriving from western areas, at West Street and services arriving from eastern areas terminating at Town Square. Mumps Bridge is used as a terminus for First Manchester (formerly GM Buses/GM Buses North) services, as the depot is located at Mumps Bridge. When the bus station opened, all services terminating in the town (with the exception of some First service which terminate at Mumps Bridge) at the new bus station. When the station opened, there were eight stands in the bus station, A to H. Due to the number of buses arriving in Oldham every hour, plus National Express coaches which also uses the bus station as a stopping place, it was decided, to avoid congestion, that some services would use bus stops on West Street, which is around the corner from the bus station. After complaints from passengers waiting for buses on West Street of suffering from the elements, GMPTE decided to build a smaller bus station, based on the one on Cheapside for West Street. This opened in September 2006. Now, there are, in total, 12 stands, from A to H and J to M .

There are plenty of buses that use Oldham Bus Station. The majority of services are run by First Manchester with the remainder of services run by Bluebird, Bu-Val, Checkmate Coaches, First West Yorkshire, JPT, Speedwellbus, Stagecoach Manchester, Stotts and Swan's Travel. There are frequent buses running to Manchester, Rochdale, Ashton-under-Lyne and Middleton plus several parts of the Oldham area including Shaw, Royton, Chadderton, Saddleworth, Rushcroft, Holts Estate, Fitton Hill, Waterhead, Sholver, Lees, Grotton, Hollinwood and Failsworth. Buses also run from Oldham to Bury, Stalybridge, Hyde and Huddersfield. The bus services that use Oldham Bus Station and its Stand Letter are : (Places in bold are where services terminate)


Safety Concerns
One problem with Oldham bus station is the safety of the crossings. In January 2007, 56 year old Ann Kerridge was killed after being knocked down by a bus on a crossing at the bus station with husband Brian dying shortly afterwards, which the family believed was caused by a broken heart. Following another accident at the same crossing in September 2007 and a report by GMPTE obtained by the Oldham Evening Chronicle newspaper that shows potentally fatal flaws at the two crossings at the ends of the bus station, one being near the entrance to the Travelshop and the other near the junction of St Mary's Way, it had led to the family of Ann Kerridge to demand that the crossing should be closed. The problem with the two crossings is that bus drivers approach the crossing on a 90 degree bend, which would restrict the view of both the driver and the pedestrian, sometimes approaching the crossing slightly too fast. Also some drivers have been known to have stopped at the junction waiting to turn right out of the bus station, blocking the crossing, making it harder and more dangerous for pedestrians to cross over. Following the report from GMPTE, the pedestrian crossings have been re-allocated to the sides of the bus station next to stands G and H.

External Links
  • Oldham bus station departures - GMPTE

No. Operator Destination Stand Monday-Saturday Daytime Evenings & Sundays 56 First Manchester North Manchester General Hospital via Chadderton and Middleton B 1 Service 59 to Middleton Rochdale via Shaw and Milnrow E Service 59 to Shaw 58 First Manchester Bury via Chadderton, Middleton and Heywood B 1 - Middleton via Chadderton and Mills Hill B Service 59 Rochdale via Shaw and Milnrow E Service 59 to Shaw 59 First Manchester JPT Manchester Piccadilly via Chadderton, Middleton and Cheetham Hill B B First Manchester Rushcroft via Shaw E E 64 First Manchester Manchester Shudehill via Royton, Stottfield, Mills Hill, Boarshaw, Middleton and Dam Head F - Middleton via Royton, Stottfield, Mills Hill and Boarshaw - F 76 Stagecoach Manchester Manchester Piccadilly via Limeside, Failsworth and Brookdale Park J Service 78 78 Bluebird Manchester Piccadilly via Limeside, Hollinwood, Failsworth and Brookdale Park Service 76 J 81 First Manchester Derker C C Manchester Piccadilly via Werneth, Moston and Collyhurst K K 81A First Manchester Waterhead C C 2 82 First Manchester Waterhead C 3 C 4 Uppermill via Waterhead and Delph C 3 Service 350 Manchester Piccadilly via Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath H 3 H 4 83 First Manchester Sholver via Moorside G G Manchester Piccadilly via Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath H H 149 First Manchester Manchester Piccadilly via Hollinwood, Moston and Cheetham Hill K K First Manchester Holts Estate via Glodwick, Alt and Abbeyhills - L 159 Bluebird Middleton via Chadderton, Hollinwood, Woodhouses, Failsworth and New Moston B - 180 First Manchester Manchester Piccadilly via Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath F F Greenfield via Lees and Grotton G G 183 First Manchester Limeside via Chamber Road J Service 78 184 First Manchester First West Yorkshire Manchester Piccadilly via Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath F F Huddersfield via Uppermill, Diggle and Marsden G 5 G 5 343 Weekday daytime:Speedwellbus Saturday daytime: JPT Evenings and Sundays: First Manchester Hyde via Lees, Mossley and Stalybridge G G 344 Speedwellbus Hyde via Waterhead, Lees, Mossley and Stalybridge G 6 Service 343 350 First Manchester Ashton-under-Lyne via Delph, Uppermill, Greenfield, Hey Farm and Mossley C C 402 Bluebird Royton via Royal Oldham Hospital C - 406 Bu-Val Mills Hill via Royal Oldham Hospital and Parkway C - JPT Middleton via Parkway and Mills Hill - C 4 407 Stotts Denshaw via Moorside and Pennine Meadows C C 4 408 First Manchester JPT Buckstones via Royton, High Crompton and Shaw (Eve/Sun journeys continue to Shaw, Wren's Nest) E E Stalybridge via Abbeyhills and Hurst Cross F F 409 First Manchester JPT Rochdale via Royton and Thornham A A Ashton-under-Lyne via Hathershaw D D 410 Bluebird Waterhead Circular via Glodwick, Clarksfield, Derker and Higginshaw M - 411 Bluebird Waterhead Circuar via Higginshaw, Derker, Clarksfield and Glodwick M - 415 First Manchester Middleton via Butler Green and Alkrington B B Not Sunday evenings: First Manchester Sunday evenings: JPT Holts Estate via Greenacre and Lees L L 418 Checkmate Coaches Austerlands via Lees and Springhead L Service 180/184 to Springhead Chadderton via Royal Oldham Hospital M - 425 First Manchester Fitton Hill via Hathershaw K K Holts Estate via Glodwick, Alt (Not Evenings/Sundays) and Abbeyhills L L 428 First Manchester Buckstones Circular via Royton & High Crompton E 7 Service 408 S49 Speedwellbus Ashton-under-Lyne via Hathershaw Service 409 F 4 Coaches National Express National Express services C C Ring & Ride GMPTE Ring & Ride services M - 1 Weekdays only 2 Monday-Saturday evenings 3 Peak time journeys only 4 Sunday daytime only 5 184 terminates at three different places: Uppermill: 4 journeys per hour (Monday-Saturday daytime); Hourly (Evenings and Sundays) Diggle, via Dobcross: Hourly (Monday-Saturday daytime) plus daily journey at 2251 Huddersfield: Hourly (Monday-Saturday daytime); Every 2 hours (Sunday daytime) 6 One weekday morning journey 7 Monday-Friday off-peak only