Both services (12 and 25) continuer south from Atherton to Leigh. The 26 is an evening variant of the 25, run on tender by Diamond Bus North West, formerly South Lancs Travel.
Evening and Sunday services are half hourly on each, every 15 minutes from Tyldesley.
For Atherton, the speed up is much more favourable. The busway's 55 minutes compares well with one hour and 24 minutes on the 12 and 25. A brucie bonus at last.
Whilst the V1 and V2 have appeared on Traveline North West, we only have the First Bus press release to help is sort "the rest" out.
The improved X39 will operate a revised route through Leigh, Astley, Tyldesley, Little Hulton, Walkden, Old Clough Lane, East Lancs Road and direct into Manchester.
Elsewhere the press release talked about the X39 as offering peak services to (and from?) Manchester and "evening services on the X39". It is not at all clear and fbb will have to wait for the timetables to appear.
But one busway promise is already broken. This panel appears on the purple map for which the extract above was taken.
Sorry, folks. Nowt cross-city to Uni and Hospitals. Tough cheese.
For the sake of completenss, Atherton has an open railway station with two trains an hour ...
... into Manchester Victoria with excellent connections available at Salford Crescent. The station building is twee ...
... and a footbridge leads to an island platform which, surprisingly in the 21st century, still has a splendid overall canopy.
Not only that, but the station is reasonably close to the town centre.
So from Atherton, there is a real choice.