The 351 had a very similar history to the 356 and some of the reasoning behind their creation is described in that history.
The 351 travelled from Friezland to Rochdale and had a strong similarity to the old North Western 156 service (q.v.). The service ran three trips each way on Wednesdays and Saturdays and, like the 356, was originally planned to connect with trains at Greenfield station. However, in December 2004 the train times changed by half an hour and an adjustment of that magnitude was presumably too difficult, particularly as I don’t believe the connection facility was much used.
The first working of this service was on 13th January 1999 operated by Universal Buses. They were taken over by Stagecoach in April 2000 and the latter company then operated the service for some years. Bu-Val of Rochdale took over operation from 3rd September 2003.
The final working was on 14th April 2007, operated by Bu-Val’s R219 AOR. As with the 356, this service has been replaced by a Local Link service.
© David Beilby