Make your Summer bloom at RHS GARDEN BRIDGEWATER
27 June 2022
Bus service is blooming to Bridgewater
A new weekend bus service is taking garden lovers to the popular RHS Bridgewater Garden, connecting with trains at Walkden station.
The bus runs hourly and is ideal for rail travellers coming in from Manchester, Salford, Wigan and further afield. It can also be used by local people in the Walkden area - it uses all regular bus stops and starts from right outside the station. It takes you to the main entrance of the RHS Gardens - no need to trudge up and down the hill from the main road.
There is a flat fare of just £1 adult and 50p chldren, but if you have a valid rail ticket it's free. Normal TfGM concessions are valid.
The service is sponsored by the South East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership (SEL CRP) and is operated by Diamond Buses North West.
"It's a great way to get to the amazing gardens at RHS Bridgewater," said Andy Barlow, vice-chair of SEL CRP. "The bus takes you right to the door and the fare is very attractive. And there's room to take your plants home on the bus!"
The service is funded by RHS Bridgewater, Northern Trains, Community Rail Network and Transport for Greater Manchester. It runs until September 25th but if it's a success the service may be extended.
The bus will run as normal on rail strike days e.g. August 13th
Saturdays & Bank Holidays For full Bus timetables click here
The first bus will depart Walkden Railway Station at 0920 and then depart at 20 minutes past each hour.
The bus will arrive back at Walkden Railway Station at 5 minutes past each hour, with the last bus leaving RHS Bridgewater at 1650.
The first bus will depart Walkden Railway Station at 0951 then at 51 minutes past each hour.
The bus will arrive back at Walkden Railway Station at 30 minutes past each hour, with the last bus leaving RHS Bridgewater at 1715.
The service will run from Walkden Rail Station to RHS Bridgewater.
The timetable has been interworked with the train arrivals and are as follows*:
Saturdays & Bank Holidays
xx12 & 46 arrival from Rochdale via Manchester
xx14 & 43 arrival from Kirkby via Wigan
xx54 arrival from Rochdale via Manchester
xx37 arrival from Southport via Wigan
*These are approximate times please see for train timetables visit - www.northernrailway.co.uk/stations/walkden
If you have a valid train ticket show this on our service for free travel.
To Book online visit https://gardentickets.rhs.org.uk/rhsbw/sessions.aspx?tid=6