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JP Travel, sometimes known as JPT or Jpt Bus Company, is a bus company based at Middleton in Greater Manchester, England. The company is owned by Janet and Peter Walsh and runs local services in the North Manchester area. The JP in JP Travel forms the initials of their first names.

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History

The company initially started trading back in 1974, entering the bus market in 1987. A small network of services began to form during the latter part of the 1980s under the name of "City Nippy", with the following routes being introduced within 12 months of commencing bus operations:

  • 12 Middleton - Moorclose [1]
  • 62 Middleton - Moston [2]
  • 129 Middleton - Boarshaw [3]
  • 130 Langley - Middleton - Crumpsall [4]
  • 131 Middleton - Manchester [1]
  • 132 Middleton - Langley [5]
  • 133 Middleton - Alkrington [5]

Since then, a network of services has developed across Manchester. Whilst concentrating on north Manchester, the company has gained a presence in the southern area through gaining GMPTE tenders. In the past few years, expansion through this means has taken as far as Farnworth and Stockport.

In 2007, they took over the services then operated by Ashall's Coaches and have since taken over the routes of the former operator, Vale Of Manchester. The company has a fleet of 35 vehicles and claims to be "one of Manchester's leading independent operators."

The company has been one of the innovators in the use of social media, advertising a Facebook page at which customers can communicate with the operator. Buses carry a logo advising passengers to "become a fan of Jpt Bus Company" by joining the Facebook site.[6]. They have now also launched their new website, link at bottom.

Another innovation occurred in 2009, when the operator became the first on service 343, between Oldham, Mossley and Hyde, to operate low floor buses.[7] As part of a summer promotion, in August 2009 the company halved the cost of its weekly season ticket from £10.00 to £5.00,[8] at a time when competing major operators were cutting back on services.[9]

Routes

Most of JP Travel's routes are concentrated in and around North Manchester, mainly Middleton. In recent years, this has included some tendered operations on behalf of the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive.

No. From To Via Notes
6/7 Rochdale Kirkholt Circulars.
13 Middleton Boarshaw Circular
17 Rochdale Manchester Shudehill Castleton, Middleton, Harpurhey
Manchester Piccadilly (Nightbus)
31 Farnworth Manchester Shudehill Little Hulton, Walkden, Pendleton
54 Belle Vue Trafford Centre Rusholme, Old Trafford, Trafford Park
59 Middleton Rushcroft Mills Hill, Chadderton, Oldham, Shaw
77 Moston Gardeners Arms Manchester Piccadilly Newton Heath
86 Manchester Piccadilly Chorlton Brooks's Bar
95 Whitefield Pendleton Prestwich, Carr Clough
101 Manchester Piccadilly Wythenshawe Southern Cemetery, Northenden, Baguley, Newall Green
113 Middleton Manchester Piccadilly Moston, Harpurhey
118 Manchester Piccadilly North Manchester General Hospital Harpurhey
Moston
Oldham via Chadderton (Nightbus)
129 Middleton Hollin Circular
135 Manchester Piccadilly Bury Cheetham Hill, Heaton Park, Whitefield Nightbus
156 Langley Manchester Shudehill Middleton, Heaton Park, Collyhurst
169 Droylsden Southern Cemetery Openshaw, Gorton, Belle Vue, Levenshulme, West Didsbury
255 Manchester Piccadilly Urmston Old Trafford, Stretford
256 Stretford Manchester Piccadilly Old Trafford, Hulme, University of Manchester
268 Wythenshawe Urmston Baguley, Sale, Stretford, Lostock
272 Northenden Trafford Park Sale, Stretford
276 Trafford General Hospital Withington Community Hospital Flixton, Urmston, Stretford, Chorlton
294 Langley Trafford Centre Middleton, Moston, North Manchester General Hospital, Ordsall, Trafford Park
324 Stockport Stockport Brinnington, Haughton Green, Denton Circular.
328 Bridge Hall Reddish Edgeley, Stockport
335 Ashton-under-Lyne Denton Dukinfield, Shepley, Audenshaw (via Cemetery Road) Circular
343 Oldham Hyde Lees, Grotton, Mossley, Stalybridge, Dukinfield Saturday daytime only
406 Oldham Middleton Royal Oldham Hospital, Fitton Park, Parkway, Mills Hill
408 Abbeyhills Buckstones Oldham, Royton, High Crompton, Shaw
409 Oldham Rochdale Royton, Thornham
415 Holts Estate Middleton Lees, Greenacres, Oldham, Butler Green, Foxdenton, Middleton Junction, Alkrington Evenings and Sundays
486 Bury Radcliffe Ainsworth
795 Parrentform High School Heaton Park Cheetham Hill, Higher Blackey Schooldays
830 High Crompton Royton & Crompton School Royton Schooldays

External links

Link One is a co.uk and link two is a .com

References

  1. ^ a b GMPTE bus guide ref. 6786 06/1988
  2. ^ GMPTE bus guide ref. 7781 02/1989
  3. ^ GMPTE bus guide ref. 6498 02/1988
  4. ^ GMPTE bus guide ref. 6398 11/1987
  5. ^ a b GMPTE bus guide ref. 6172 07/1987
  6. ^ Manchester Buses : Operator News : Manchester Bus Operators on Facebook
  7. ^ Stuart Vallantine : The History of the 343 Bus Route
  8. ^ Facebook : Jpt Bus Company : Summer Promotion : 29 July 2009
  9. ^ Manchester Buses : Operator News : Recession Bites as Operators Cut Back Services
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