Manchester Piccadilly Gardens bus station

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Piccadilly Gardens bus station
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Location Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
Coordinates 53°28′49″N2°14′15″W / 53.48032°N 2.23751°W / 53.48032; -2.23751 Coordinates: 53°28′49″N2°14′15″W / 53.48032°N 2.23751°W / 53.48032; -2.23751
Owned by Transport for Greater Manchester
Bus routes57 (August 2018)
Bus stands20
Bus operators Arriva North West
Diamond Bus North West
First Greater Manchester
Magic Bus
Manchester Community Transport
Stagecoach Manchester
Connections Piccadilly railway station (500 metres away)
Chorlton Street coach station (300 metres away)
Other information
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 central business district of the City of Manchester, England

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.

Manchester Metrolink light rail and tram system in Greater Manchester, England

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Piccadilly Gardens tram stop

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. [1]

Express bus service

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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. [2]

First Greater Manchester

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Magic Bus (Stagecoach)

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Stagecoach Manchester

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There are frequent buses running to areas around the Greater Manchester area as well as to Glossop, Huddersfield, Macclesfield, Stalybridge and Wilmslow. [3]

Glossop town and unparished area in High Peak district of Derbyshire, England

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Huddersfield Town in West Yorkshire, England

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 town in Cheshire, England

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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  1. The Manchester Bus: Eyre & Heaps: TPC:Glossop:1989 p75
  2. Manchester Piccadilly Gardens bus station Transport for Greater Manchester
  3. "Bus Station Departures - Piccadilly Gardens" (PDF). Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 12 September 2012.

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