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Trafford Centre shuttle bus - huge thumbs up
Discussion started by Flumpty , 09 September, 2018 20:28
Trafford Centre shuttle bus - huge thumbs up
Flumpty 09 September, 2018 20:28
For the first time today, I took advantage of the FREE shuttle bus from the Trafford Centre, utilising the new road.

After collecting our car post match, we came back across the Barton Bridge and had a quick look at the queues of cars waiting to exit the car parks around the AJBell.

From todays visit, its cheaper (it doesn't get much better value than free !), more convenient (no walking through muddy puddles in an unlit carpark) and quicker as well.

As the Fonz would say, Happy Days.

Re: Trafford Centre shuttle bus - huge thumbs up
M5 Shark 09 September, 2018 20:32
Although i didn't use the shuttle, it was great to see 3 buses post-match lined up and people queuing to use them. Visibility creates confidence to supporters that may use them the following week. (I argued this point in the past but great to see it coming ro fruition)

Re: Trafford Centre shuttle bus - huge thumbs up
iBozz 09 September, 2018 20:42
I used the Shuttle too and found it excellent both ways.

The bizarre refusal in past seasons to say when the last shuttle would leave the stadium after the game seems to have been abandoned and you have roughly an hour before running the risk of being stranded.

I quote, edited and amended to make more sense "out of context", from an email from Sam Diamond:

The bus to the AJB generally runs to around 10 - 15 mins after kickoff.

The bus back runs for approx 1 hour after the final whistle, this is flexible though.

The driver notes numbers on and off so if he notices that most people havenít yet returned after an hour he will keep going, but to be safe I would work to the hour rule.

It is however only a 10min walk if you fancy a few beers after the match!

I'm not able to walk too far at present (a long and boring story but let's just say that it has been a somewhat "exciting" summer which I hope never to experience ever again) but I am advised by someone who did walk it today that 10 minutes is a bit rich - 40 to 45 minutes is nearer the mark.

Nevertheless, I think that I shall use the Shuttle again.

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/09/2018 20:44 by iBozz.

Re: Trafford Centre shuttle bus - huge thumbs up
BasilBullneck 10 September, 2018 07:51
From a driversí perspective the arrangements went as well as I can recall at the AJB. Despite a larger than average crowd, access and egress much easier. Used the swing bridge route - free flowing to the lights by the AJB. Much quicker in there - it seemed that pedestrians were being diverted up the car park route and therefore stopping the blockages for cars accessing the ground and car parks. Could be more people on the bus. Either way, much smoother and quicker. Likewise after the match.
Good effort!

Re: Trafford Centre shuttle bus - huge thumbs up
H's Dad... 10 September, 2018 13:03
Has the ten minute "lockdown" for the car parks ended after the match or is it just far shorter in duration?
If so it would be wise for staff to emphasise a low (pedestrian) speed limit for traffic up to the traffic lights. Some weren't taking it that steady on Sunday.
There is a clear predictable potential RTA risk that will eventually happen.
Are those parking at Barton aerodrome still taking the short cut via the lay-by?
That makes the risk higher, as does the absense of a footpath and crossing on that side.

I was delighted to see at least 4 double decker shuttles in use for the match.
The club should be highlighting this in their publicity to encourage their use, with more supporters parking at the Trafford Centre.

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