Once in hallowed times there was a night bus that allowed partygoers in Manchester to get home from a night out if they were heading back to Oldham, whether they were drunk or too poor / tight to shell out £30 for a taxi. Those days are, for the moment, over. I asked public transport company First Manchester why this bus service seemed to have been discontinued, given how helpful it was.
Here's their response in full:
Our Ref: CID/C0225391-NOR 16 February 2015 Mr M Tuckey Dear Mr Tuckey I'm sorry to hear you're not happy that we've had to withdraw our number 82 service.
I can quite understand your frustration and disappointment,
especially as you found this service to be so useful. However, this service was subsidised by Transport for Greater Manchester
and they have withdrawn the funding for the service.. Once again, I'm sorry you've been affected by our withdrawal of this service,
but I do hope you'll appreciate why we had to do this.
I hope that we can look forward to seeing you on one of our other bus routes again soon. Yours sincerely
Devastation. Guess I'll have to keep on being designated driver.
Of course, if people from Oldham realised that there was a better place to go instead of just looking at what was at the end of their noses and getting drunk on Yorkshire Street every weekend for a decade of their life, there might be more demand and the service might have lasted. Who am I kidding though.
People living in Bolton or Leigh have better luck.