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Speedwellbus
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Founded 2002
Headquarters Raglan Street, Hyde,
Greater Manchester, England
Locale North West
Service area Greater Manchester, Derbyshire
Service type Bus
Hubs Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne, Glossop, Hyde, Stalybridge, Oldham
Fleet 35 vehicles including
Optare Solo
Optare Excel
Dennis Dart
Plaxton Beaver 2
Marshall Capital
Operator Speedwellbus Ltd
Web site Official Website
SpeedwellValue
SpeedwellCars

Speedwellbus (formerly Speedwell Private Hire) is a bus operator based in Hyde, Greater Manchester, England. It operates a fleet of 37 buses on commercial and contracted services. Operations commenced in 2002 with a service between Glossop and Tintwistle, and were expanded with the addition of contracts from Derbyshire County Council and Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. Being a collaboration between Jack Hampson and David Whyatt, it can in some ways be viewed as a continuation of the Glossopdale Bus Company project. The company was originally based in Glossop until they moved to the current base in Hyde. They also run a number of school buses in the Glossop area. As of 2009 a sister company known as Speedwellcars operates, providing taxi services, airport transfers and courier services[1]. Speedwellbus also operate a "No Thrills" bus service in Greater Manchester, entitled Speedwellvalue[2].

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Routes

Speedwellbus runs the majority of its services in the Tameside and Glossop areas but has expanded out to run services in the Stockport, Manchester and Oldham areas.

No. From To Via Notes
188 Ryder Brow Manchester Piccadilly Gorton, Higher Openshaw, Clayton, Sportcity, Ancoats
202 Glossop Hyde Gamesley, Charlesworth, Broadbottom, Mottram, Godley
239 Glossop Ashton-under-Lyne Gamesley, Charlesworth, Broadbottom, Mottram, Stalybridge, Tameside General Hospital
309
310
Stockport Stockport Davenport, Adswood, Cheadle, Cheadle Heath Circulars
341 Glossop Hyde Simmondley, Gamesley, Charlesworth, Broadbottom, Mottram, Hattersley, Backbower
342
344
Hyde Hyde Hyde Hospital, Backbower Circulars.
343
344
Oldham Hyde Waterhead (344), Lees, Grotton, Mossley, Stalybridge, Dukinfield Monday to Friday daytime
353 Carrcote Ashton-under-Lyne Delph, Uppermill, Grasscroft, Mossley, Stalybridge
354 Denshaw Ashton-under-Lyne Delph, Uppermill, Greenfield, Mossley, Stalybridge
394 Glossop Stepping Hill Hospital Gamesley, Charlesworth, Marple, Hawk Green, Hazel Grove
395 Ashton-under-Lyne Limehurst Farm Waterloo
396 Ashton-under-Lyne Newton Heath Waterloo, Hathershaw, Fitton Hill, Garden Suburb, Hollinwood, Failsworth Service runs a circular route around Newton Heath.
397 Glossop Hyde Hadfield, Tintwistle, Hollingworth, Mottram, Hattersley, Godley
S48 Carrbrook Ashton under Lyne Millbrook, Copley, Brushes, Stalybridge SpeedwellValue service launching on 12th April on hourly frequency, with full route launching on 5th July. Some later Journeys start at Hey Farm
S50 Hey Farm Ashton under Lyne Micklehurst, Mossley SpeedwellValue service

Speedwellvalue

On 3rd August 2009, Speedwellbus launched a new “No Thrills” service entitled SpeedwellValue, which is a low cost alternative against other services in Greater Manchester offering flat single fares at £1 and 50p for concessionary users & weekly tickets at £8 and £4, respectively. The main buses used are branded low floor Marshall Capital bodied Darts, with an extra branded Plaxton Pointer MPD, although they do occasionally draft in original Speedwellbus vehicles.

The first established route is the S50, travelling from Hey Farm to Manchester Shudehill via Mossley, Ashton under Lyne, Droylsden and Sport City, seen as a combination of routes 216 and 350. However, as of September 2009 the route was scaled down between Hey Farm and Ashton under Lyne only, due to the heavy delays by the Manchester Metrolink upgrade and other essential roadworks in Droylsden[3], meaning that the 350 remains as the only competition for the S50. SpeedwellValue has since labelled the S50 a success and gradually added Sunday & late evening journeys between Hey Farm & Ashton, both of which are free as of today[4]. It is yet unsure when the S50 will be restored to its full route to Manchester Shudehill, and it is looking unlikely with the retiming due in April and with the remainder of the fleet commited to Speedwellbus's next project.

Speedwellbus have recently announced a second route branded under their Speedwellvalue range, the S48. The S48 route travels from Carrbrook to Ashton under Lyne via The Brushes and Stalybridge, effectively copying route 348. The route starts on the 12th April on an hourly frequency, with the full 'every 20 minutes' established on the 5th July. The S48 will be free between the 12th & 17th april, celebrating the routes launch in the Tameside district[5], and will still maintain the Speedwellvalue flat fares and low cost weekly tickets.

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