The Liberal Democrats are delighted to report that, following their hard-fought campaign, Transport for Greater Manchester have announced that the 375 bus service has been saved.
More than 3,600 people signed the Lib Dem petition to save the 375 service, showing just how important the bus is to so many local people. It is a lifeline for residents across our area, not least those in our borough’s most isolated community in Mellor.
Transport for Greater Manchester have found a way to save the full route, from Mellor to Stockport via Marple Bridge, Marple, Hawk Green, Bosden Farm, Hazel Grove, and Stepping Hill. The final parts of the formal legal process need to be completed, but a replacement for the 375 has been found.
Parliamentary campaigner Lisa Smart said: “This is fantastic news. Thank you to the thousands of people who signed the petition to save the 375. Communities across our area came together to make their voices heard – and I’m thrilled that we have been successful.”
Local campaigner Shan Alexander, who lives in Hawk Green and uses the service, added: “We’re so pleased that TfGM have listened to local residents and have found a way to save the full 375 route. The 375 really is a lifeline for many people. So many residents have told me that they rely on the service to do their shopping or get to the hospital, so I’m glad our campaign has been successful.”
Cllr Charles Gibson, who represents Hazel Grove, explained: “Over 3,600 people made it clear how important this bus service is. Thank you to everyone who joined our campaign to save the 375, we are so grateful to local schools, organisations, and individuals who helped make this possible.”
Cllr Malcolm Allan, who represents Mellor, commented: “This bus means so much to many people across our area. Keeping the 375 service will mean people can get to hospital appointments, to school, to college, and to do their shopping. A huge thank you to our local communities who fought tooth and nail alongside us, speaking to the press, sharing our petition, and holding public meetings.”
Local Offerton campaigner Oliver Harrison added: “I’m pleased that common sense has prevailed and the 375 service will remain active. So many people made their voices heard on this issue – thank you so much to everyone for fighting with us.”