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FIRST MANCHESTER A First said: "We can confirm that some changes to services are proposed for introduction in April and where it is in the interests of customers and the public, we have provided advance notification of those plans to TfGM."

STAGECOACH MANCHESTER A spokeswoman said the figures reflected factors including funding cuts to local authorities reducing subsidised services in the network. She said 'changes in work, travel and shopping habits' have resulted in commercial changes to parts of the network 'to reflect these trends'.

She added: "Unfortunately traffic congestion is having a significant impact on bus passengers and continues to undermine the attractiveness of the bus.

"We carried more than 109 million people on our services across Greater Manchester in the past year and offer great value fares with unlimited travel throughout Greater Manchester. We have also invested PS60m in new vehicles and facilities for Greater Manchester since January 2013. Buses are the solution to improving air quality and an effective local bus network can deliver a significant boost to the local economy."

ARRIVA Phil Cummins, area managing director Arriva North West, said they were constantly reviewing their network to make changes and improvements to serve passengers.

He added: "Arriva currently contributes to approximately 6 per cent of the bus network in Manchester, from Bolton and Wythenshawe depots, with a further 1 pc of crossborder services from Southport and St Helens.

"The only changes to our services in the last four years has been a result of contracts that have been won or lost, in addition to the arrival of the Metrolink extension which significantly impacted on the routes 18 and 19 resulting in a loss of service due to low passenger figures."

GREATER MANCHESTER BUS OPERATORS ASSOCIATIONChief executive Gary Nolan said: "We regularly review our bus network to ensure that we offer a service that meets customer demand.

"The increase in bus journey times due to increased congestion has deterred some bus users and the growth of the Metrolink network has resulted in a rationalisation of bus mileage."

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