Manchester Piccadilly bus station
|Piccadilly Gardens Bus & Metrolink Station|
|Locale||Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester|
|Managed by||Transport for Greater Manchester|
|No. of stands||20|
|Operators||Stagecoach Manchester, First Greater Manchester, Arriva North West, Finglands, JPT, Manchester Community Transport, Checkmate Transport|
|Rail connection||Manchester Piccadilly 500 metres away - catch Metrolink|
Technically it is not a bus station, just a series of bus stops and bus stands. Nearby there is a Manchester Metrolink station named Piccadilly Gardens. The majority of the stands are located between Piccadilly Gardens and the Piccadilly Plaza, where buses for south or west Manchester usually begin or end their route. Other stands are located on Oldham Street, Piccadilly or Lever Street for services heading towards north or east of Manchester, however they are all classed as Piccadilly Gardens.
The segregated bus 'station' was first opened on the site of the demolished Manchester Infirmary in 1931 to serve as the new terminus of the various extensive regional 'express' bus services run by Manchester and its partners that had to be curtailed under the Road Traffic Act of 1930 and subsequent regulation of bus services. The station was extended in 1932/3 and finally extended to form the full length of Parker Street in 1935.
There are numerous buses that use Piccadilly Gardens bus station. The majority of services are run by First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester with the remainder of services run by Arriva North West, Finglands, JPT and Manchester Community Transport.
- The Manchester Bus: Eyre & Heaps: TPC:Glossop:1989 p75
- "Bus Station Departures - Piccadilly Gardens". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 12 September 2012.