With the opening of Metrolink to Oldham Mumps it soon became apparent that a connection between the Metrolink stop and the town centre would be useful. Therefore from 30th July 2012 a free Metroshuttle service was introduced operated by Manchester Community Transport. This was given the service number 400.
It was initially operated using a Mercedes Sprinter on a 30-minute frequency during the daytime only, on a daily basis. From 1st October 2012 it was improved to a 20-minute frequency using an Optare Versa carrying dedicated route vinyls.
With the opening of the town centre Metrolink route the service ceased to be necessary and therefore last ran on 26th January 2014.
The service ran from outside Oldham Mumps using Oldham Way, King Street, West Street, Cheapside, St. Mary’s Way, Yorkshire Street, Prince Street, Huddersfield Road, Cross Street, Lees Road and returning to Oldham Mumps. There were several variations during the period of operation due to Metrolink construction work and from the 18th January 2014 the service started instead from the car park at the new Oldham Mumps stop as access to the old stop was no longer possible.
© David Beilby