|Location||Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester|
|Owned by||Transport for Greater Manchester|
|Bus routes||57 (August 2018)|
|Bus operators|| Arriva North West |
Diamond Bus North West
First Greater Manchester
Manchester Community Transport
|Connections|| Piccadilly railway station (500 metres away)|
Chorlton Street coach station (300 metres away)
|Website||Transport for Greater Manchester|
Manchester Piccadilly Gardens bus station, often abbreviated to Piccadilly Gardens is one of two main bus stations in Manchester city centre.
Manchester city centre is the central business district of Manchester, England, within the boundaries of Trinity Way, Great Ancoats Street and Whitworth Street. The City Centre ward had a population of 17,861 at the 2011 census.
Technically it is not a bus station, just a series of bus stops and bus stands. Nearby there is a Manchester Metrolink station named Piccadilly Gardens. The majority of the stands are located between Piccadilly Gardens and the Piccadilly Plaza, where buses for south or west Manchester usually begin or end their route. Other stands are located on Oldham Street, Piccadilly or Lever Street for services heading towards north or east of Manchester. However, they are all classed as Piccadilly Gardens.
Metrolink is a tram/light rail system in Greater Manchester, England. The system is owned by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and operated and maintained under contract by a Keolis/Amey consortium. In 2017/18, 41.2 million passenger journeys were made on the system.
Piccadilly Gardens is a tram stop in Zone 1 of Greater Manchester's Metrolink light rail system. It is located beside Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre, and serves both as a transport hub, and interchange station.
The segregated bus 'station' was first opened on the site of the demolished Manchester Infirmary in 1931 to serve as the new terminus of the various extensive regional express bus services run by Manchester and its partners that had to be curtailed under the Road Traffic Act of 1930 and subsequent regulation of bus services. The station was extended in 1932/33 and finally extended to form the full length of Parker Street in 1935.
An express bus service is a bus service that is intended to run faster than normal bus services between the same two commuter or destination points.
There are numerous buses that use Piccadilly Gardens bus station. The majority of services are run by First Greater Manchester, Magic Bus and Stagecoach Manchester with the remainder of services run by Arriva North West, Diamond Bus North West and Manchester Community Transport.
First Greater Manchester is a bus operator in Greater Manchester. It is a subsidiary of FirstGroup.
Magic Bus is a brand of Stagecoach Group for local bus operations in the United Kingdom, usually operated on routes with strong competition from other operators.
Stagecoach Manchester is a bus operator in Greater Manchester, England. It is the largest UK bus subsidiary of Stagecoach Group, carrying 98 million passengers in 2012.
There are frequent buses running to areas around the Greater Manchester area as well as to Glossop, Huddersfield, Macclesfield, Stalybridge and Wilmslow.
Glossop is a market town in the High Peak, Derbyshire, England, about 15 miles (24 km) east of Manchester, 24 miles (39 km) west of Sheffield and 32 miles (51 km) north of the county town, Matlock. Glossop is near Derbyshire's county borders with Cheshire, Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. It is between 150 and 300 metres above mean sea level, and is a gateway to the Peak District National Park.
Huddersfield is a large market town in West Yorkshire, England. It is the 11th largest town in the United Kingdom, with a population of 162,949 at the 2011 census. It lies 14 miles (23 km) southwest of Leeds and 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Manchester.
Macclesfield is a market town and civil parish in Cheshire, England. The population of Macclesfield at the 2011 census was 52,044. A person from Macclesfield is sometimes referred to as a "Maxonian". Macclesfield, like many other areas in Cheshire, is a relatively affluent town.
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Altrincham Interchange is a transport hub in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England. It consists of a bus station on Stamford Road, a Northern-operated heavy rail station on the Mid-Cheshire Line, and a light rail stop which forms the terminus of Manchester Metrolink's Altrincham line. The original heavy rail element of the station was opened by the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway as Altrincham and Bowdon railway station in April 1881, changing to Altrincham railway station in May 1974. The Metrolink element opened in June 1992. The Interchange underwent a complete redevelopment, at a cost of £19 million, starting in mid-July 2013. The new bus station opened officially on 7 December 2014.
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New Islington is a tram stop on the East Manchester Line (EML) and Zone 1 of Greater Manchester's light-rail Metrolink system. The station opened on 11 February 2013, after a three-day free trial for local residents. The station was constructed as part of Phase 3a of the Metrolink's expansion, and is located in the New Islington area of Manchester, England. It was originally proposed to open with the name Pollard Street, being located at the junction Munday Street and Pollard Street.
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Greater Manchester bus route 42 operates in Greater Manchester. It is operated by First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester on a common section between Manchester Piccadilly Gardens bus station and East Didsbury. First Greater Manchester operate an extension at its northern end from Manchester Piccadilly to Middleton bus station and Stagecoach Manchester an extension at the southern end from East Didsbury to Stockport bus station.
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