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Where is the bus stop?
When is the next bus? Online bus stop enquiry service - just input your location, road or post code, for a list of bus stops within 1000 meters, select the stop and receive the next ten buses timetabled. The description and the map indicate which side of the road the bus stop details relate to. This site also has by far the most useful bus mapping - it works, no script or flash required- unlike those below- and shows all bus stops within a km of your location (or a specific stop if you prefer). Use the location flag symbols in preference to the blue Google bus stop markers which may be slightly off-place.
To find out how to travel by bus there are two main suppliers of information, Transport Direct and Traveline. Transport Direct is operated by Atos on behalf of the owner, the Secretary of State for Transport, Traveline is owned by Trapeze and operates on behalf of local authorities. Traveline has a differing interface for each region, with several regions having unusable interfaces, but two regions have covered MOST of the country between them (but still don't cover journey between the two mega-areas!)
(cookies essential) has times for UK trains, coaches and many local buses and domestic flights. This is the only site to use for cross boundary journeys. Transport Direct .
Traveline- Do not use Traveline if your journey crosses the boundaries of the areas listed below, or is entirely outside them. The results if any will be misleading. Immediately below, an input form for NW England (except Cumbria)- read the warning re cookies. Then links to two principal English areas enquiry form pages, and finally a form for Wales.
Traveline in the North West
This source covers journeys in and between Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire (all parts), Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen, Warrington, Halton - and has SOME journeys which start or end in these places but go outside the area.
Traveline - England - main two areas
If you need to travel ONLY in the North West,
traveline NW covering the North West- Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire. Maps require javasript.
For everywhere in England south of Cheshire or Yorkshire, with buses and trains:
For travel across area boundaries or in other areas of England use Transport Direct link above.
Do try not to call Travelines 0871 telephone number which is a premium call- as at 7/08 it cost 40p per minute from a phone box! And they couldn't assist me either.
However you use it this website is ALMOST unuseable, they serve rather more errors than results! I find I often have to use the back button and then press the find button a few times. Their server throws various wobblers any time an ant passes by. Occaisionally there are no problems. The web site journey planner is at Wales traveline
Or try using this form- you will still be thrown errors by their server quite often and for no apparent reason.
A useful site is tfgm - formerly GMPTE- timetable page covering all buses in Greater Manchester (timetables in pdf format) An alternative is
Cheshire/Lancashire/Manchester timetables from traveline
The old county of Cheshire was split in two in 2009 (on 1st April no less) and bus data is split between two web sites- Cheshire East is positively hostile to public transport, and has dropped bus route maps entirely and bus timetables are mostly external links which are sometimes not user friendly. Cheshire bus servies outside the main towns will reduce drastically in Jan 2013 and again in March 2013 due to the Council withdrawal of financial support. Note to self: Do not under any circumstances consider living in or visiting Cheshire -especially East.
Cheshire West inc Chester and
Cheshire East including Crewe and Macclesfield - Most East and many West Cheshire timetables are on other sites and may not be accessible.
Derbyshire Timetables || Lancashire bus timetables (Stagecoach and some others are on external web sites)
| | Flintshire discontinued their public transport information in 2013 and direct you to the incomplete and nearly unuseable Traveline Wales web site. Flintshire an additional council hostile to public transport. And Welsh- when I checked they had a page in English to say they had no Welsh web site. (Hello Welsh Assembly- are you paying grants to Flintshire???).
Try Traveline Cymru timetable finder.
Bus route maps
Maps of bus services: Cheshire West local area maps || Cheshire East does not believe in transport maps at all.
Greater Manchester bus route maps - the large area is split into several overlapping maps.
Free buses in Greater Manchester::-
There are three free buses with circular routes in Manchester, called metroshuttles, one free circular bus in Bolton, and one free circular shuttle bus in Stockport.
this TFGM web page has links to PDF and large jpg format route maps for the buses.
There is also a free shuttle bus around Oldham, connecting the Metrolink station at Mumps to the town centre. A
pdf of the Oldham route is available.(500k)
CARE- There are a lot of engineering rail closures especially at weekends - and none of the following sites are fully up to date as the track owner is not telling the
operators in time. Treat all sources of information with doubt especially if your journey is more than a week in the future! Take plenty of food and drink as even a local one hour
journey could end up taking four hours (discovered the hard way...). UK Train times and fares:
Accessible UK Train Timetables which has the full official data -as up to date as exists for times- but for fares, there are severe problems with the web site for some journeys.
There are now so many ticket restrictions that National Rail and the train operators themselves are no longer able to cope and the railway computer systems may force train staff to sell you more expensive tickets. Note that a ticket price may only cover one particular train booked at one location at one instant!
It is often cheaper (by a tenner or more sometimes) to split your ticket, especially if you can move a portion of the journey out of peak hours, reduce cross county boundary journeys, or take advantage of greater discounts for shorter journies. eg For one particular train from Manchester to Derby, you can save ten pounds by buying a return ticket Stockport-Sheffield and a separate return ticket Sheffield-Derby.
On times, be sure to use "check for updates" or "bulletins" for the most recent information. If it goes wrong, you may need to contact "Passenger Focus" to obtain a refund on an overcharged ticket! The official National Rail (Mobile) website HAS a mobile version but will redirect most devices to the none-mobile site if it doesn't think you really are using a mobile phone. NOT friendly at all. Our railways are a mess.
train delays-and Cleared incidents- note
that the 2004 revamp of the site seems to have caused it to miss a lot of serious delays,
or report them later. Local North West delays seem almost never to appear. Northern
Rail have now ceased their own journey problem reporting entirely but a small relic can be found on this BBC travel web page.
UK Live Arrival and Departure Boards has the web equivalent of the tv monitors you
see at railway stations, giving arrivals and departures in the next few hours. Note the limited and experimental nature of the data. NOTE a train shows as NO REPORT until it passes a reporting point.
The site National Rail expect you to use will not function on several browsers due to poor design. Use instead
a web site with both arrivals and departures on one page, from traintimes.org - but you do need the absolutely correct station name (or code).
Don't ask traintimes.org when the next train from Adlington is, nor the next train from Adlington Lancashire. You must type Adlington (Lancs).!!! Adlington in Lancashire is ADL. Get the three letter code from the site below:
An interesting site with details of
booked train paths including freight and steam specials! - this details trains booked to use the line. The train may not run or may be delayed or cancelled. Generally, engineering works will be allowed for a day or two before the journey, but not emergency works. The headcode (eg 1G45) indicates the class of train- starting with a 1 or 2 for passenger, and 4,6,7,8 for freight while 5 is empty carriages. The Ind code may be Working TimeTable(WTT), Variation (VAR), Special (STP), or CANcelled. Click on the headcode for route information. Enter a station, site or junction name. Pass means it passes the point without stopping.
Station codes from Wikipedia - three letter station codes used for example by manual ticket office or train crew machines, useful if you are told they can't issue a ticket to a station. For example in Manchester a ticket to TLC/CRS/NRS MCZ (which may print on the ticket as Manchester CTLZ) includes travel on central zone Metrolink trams from your central Manchester rail station of choice to the city centre. TLC codes originally referred (as CRS or NRS) to Reservation Systems and are now used under the generic title "three letter codes" for station locations.
The NLC code for Manchester with central Metrolink travel is 0451 (sometimes as 045100), compared to Manchester Stations which is 0438. A website giving CRS, . NLC, TIPLOC and STANOX codes
FULL details of ticket restrictions and fares.
"Any permitted route" appears on a lot of tickets - but what routes ARE permitted? Not easy to find out and not all obvious routes are permitted while some odd ones are-
ATOC routeing guide to the rescue. A set of PDF files which, if you work through them carefully and as directed will tell you just how complex routeing really is - and what is and isn't permitted. Be sure to check the "easements" section as some are negative easements, forbidding journeys more generally permitted.
If you are in the UK and going abroad, an extremely useful - essential- web site to look to
is the UK Foreign Office travel advice section - ( free FO publications).
A MAPS map always comes in handy.
Map data is (c)Openstreetmap.org, licence CC-BY-SA.
In 1998, 2002, 04, 06,08, 10 and 2012 holidays were in
North Wales. Be sure to check out a lovely listed building at risk- Castle Lodge, Ludlow
If you are looking for UK tourist information, best of luck, there are many content-less web sites out there with just a few really useful ones for specific localities. Generally I find the various UK tourist information centres something of a waste of space, the useful TIC is a rarity to be treasured.
The emphasis here is to link to pages which load fairly quickly
|| Bolton UK artworks
|| Tate Gallery
|| Manchester UK artworks
|| BBC Your Painting: UK oil paintings
| | Pre 1900 non-British European Oil Paintings in the UK (site formerly known as nicepaintings.org)
Detroit Pub Co collection of old photos mostly of the USA.
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