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Service information for bus operator First Rochdale, previously known as Pioneer, of Manchester.

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Archive Photo Gallery.
The photos below are provided solely for enthusiast interest, have been taken over many years, and are not intended to illustrate the current vehicles or livery of the company.
Picture of First Rochdale bus C41HDT in Rochdale
Photograph taken in Rochdale, during 1998
Livery no longer current
Vehicle no longer operated
All photos are copyright. The inclusion of a photo above is not intended to give the impression that the vehicle concerned is used in service by the operator now, or at any time in the past, on any of the services listed. The liveries shown are not intended to illustrate a livery that is in use at present, or at any time in the past.

Address Rothesay Garage
OL1 3TR 
 Greater Manchester 
Telephone0161 627 2929 

First Rochdale's official WebsiteWebsite address
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Service Details
The following is based on information which may have subsequently changed and is presented only as a guide.
16 bus services are listed on this site. From these 92 journeys a day are schooldays only and details are unknown for 3. Using a basic calculation (explained here) the following are guesses for the number of journeys operated per day on the other -79 services:
   Monday-Friday: 160   Saturday: 232   Sunday: 81   
This company operates services in this area:
 North : Denshaw 
West : ManchesterOperating area of First Rochdale East : Uppermill
 South : Gee Cross 
 Largest place served : Manchester

Google Earth map for First Rochdale
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Express coach services are shown in bold and train/tramway services in bold italics
Click on the service number or details below for more information.
Num.Service (From/To)General Details
38   Hazelhurst (near Ashton under Lyne) to Ashton Under Lyne   Details Unknown   
39   Hazelhurst (near Ashton under Lyne) to Ashton Under Lyne   Details Unknown   
231   Ashton Under Lyne to Manchester (Piccadilly Gardens)   Evenings only, one way, Mon to Sat (1 trip)   
   Manchester (Piccadilly Gardens) to Ashton Under Lyne   Evenings only, one way, Mon to Sat (1 trip)   
   Manchester (Piccadilly Gardens) to Littlemoss   Evenings only, Mon to Sat (3 trips)   
232   Ashton Under Lyne (Bus Station) Circular   Evenings only, one way, Mon to Sun (4 trips)   
   Ashton Under Lyne to Smallshaw   Evenings only, one way, Sun (1 trip)   
331   Ashton Under Lyne (Bus Station) Circular   Only this direction, Mon to Sat (every 30 mins)   
332   Ashton Under Lyne (Bus Station) Circular   Evenings/Sun only, one way, Mon to Sat (5 trips) Sun (every 60 mins)   
333   Ashton Under Lyne (Bus Station) Circular   Only this direction, Mon to Sat (every 30 mins)   
338   Ashton Under Lyne (Bus Station) Circular   Only this direction, Sun (every 60 mins)   
346   Ashton Under Lyne to Hyde    Mon to Sat (every 20 mins) Sun (every 60 mins)   
348   Carrbrook to Ashton Under Lyne    Mon to Fri (66 trips, 65 back) Sat (58 trips, 59 back) Sun (23 trips, 22 back)   
350   Ashton Under Lyne to Mossley   School terms only, Mon to Sat (every 24 mins)   
   Ashton Under Lyne to Oldham   School service, one way only, Mon to Sat (every 36 mins) Sun (every 30 mins)   
   Mossley (Hey Farm Estate) to Ashton Under Lyne   School terms only, (6 trips, 1 back) Sat (8 trips, 3 back)   
   Oldham to Ashton Under Lyne   School service, one way only, Mon to Sun (every 30 mins)   
   Oldham to Uppermill   School service, one way only, (1 trip)   
   Oldham to Waterhead   School service, one way only, Mon to Sun (1 trip)   
   Saddleworth (Greenfield) to Ashton Under Lyne   School service, one way only, (2 trips)   
Area of operation:
 MANC   Greater Manchester.
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