Tuesday, 20 May 2014

590: Rochdale - Halifax

The 590 is a transpennine route through some stunning scenery. It's operated by First and runs the whole route every hour each daytime and evening, with a higher frequency between Todmorden and Halifax. Click here to dicover more bus routes in Yorkshire and here for routes in the North West.

Places served

The 590 starts from stand B at the new Rochdale Interchange:
Rochdale's gleaming new bus station, the Interchange

Here are some of Rochdale's glittering highlights:

Buses towards Halifax use stop A on Church Street, outside Changes hairdressing salon:

Buses towards Rochdale use stop B over the road outside Benzino Pizza:

Hollingworth Lake is nearby and well worth a visit. If you're feeling hungry, the Waterside Restaurant is very well regarded.

We've now crossed the border from Greater Manchester into West Yorkshire. Buses to Halifax stop outside the cricket ground on the A6033, opposite the Gordon Rigg Garden Centre:

The main stop for buses towards Rochdale is here on the left, opposite the Wagon & Horses pub:

The 590 in both directions serves Todmorden Bus Station. Buses to Halifax use stand C and buses to Rochdale use stand D:

See a bus map of the Todmorden area here. Here are a few things to see and do:

Buses to Halifax use stop Hb7 and buses to Rochdale use Hb5 on New Road:

See a bus map of Hebden Bridge here. Here's are some links of things to see and do:

Buses to Halifax stop on the left, buses to Rochdale on the right on Burnley Road, near the junction of Cragg Road, which leads to the railway station:

There's a very well respected restaurant in Mytholmroyd: Aux Delices.

Buses to Halifax stop here on Burnley Road near the junction with Tuel Lane:

Buses to Rochdale stop over the road near the junction with Albert Road. That's what I call a view!:

The 590 uses stand A6 at Halifax Bus Station:

It also uses stop 23 on George Street:

You won't be bored in Halifax. Take a look at these links:


See the full timetable on the websites of First, Transport for Greater Manchester or Metro.

Here are your links for live scheduled departures from major stops towards Halifax:

...and back towards Rochdale:


The cheapest day ticket that is valid throughout route 590 is the FirstDay Greater Manchester at £4. It isn't available to buy on the 590 however, as First's Halifax depot operates it and their buses can only sell the Yorkshire tickets. If starting from Rochdale, board a local First bus, buy the FirstDay Greater Manchester, then get off and catch the 590 with that ticket. These are the FirstDay tickets available on board the 590:

If you're only going to be travelling within Greater Manchester, then you can use Transport for Greater Manchester's range of multi-operator and multi-modal tickets on the 590 between Rochdale and the county border. The off-peak any bus Daysaver is currently £5.20. The TfGM Wayfarer, which can't be bought on the bus, is valid as far as Todmorden.

If you're only going to be travelling within West Yorkshire and also need to use either other bus companies or trains, then Metro's range of multi-operator and multi-modal tickets is for you. The bus-only MetroDay is £5.50. The train & bus DayRover is £7.70. These tickets are valid for travel on the 590 between Halifax and the county border only.

Plusbus tickets issued with rail travel to/from major stations in Greater Manchester or West Yorkshire are valid on the 590 on the appropriate side of the county border.


Not to scale. Only major routes and destinations are shown.

See a map of all bus routes in the Borough of Rochdale here and a list of all routes running from the Interchange here. Metrolink trams serve Rochdale Interchange as well as the following major bus routes:

Change at Todmorden Bus Station for the following major routes:

In Hebden Bridge, change for Transdev 500 to Haworth and Keighley.

Change at Mytholmroyd for Yorkshire Tiger 900/901 to Huddersfield.

See a map of all bus routes in Halifax here. From the Bus Station, you can connect with the following major routes:

The 590 passes close to the following railway stations:

Extract from Northern Rail's network map, with stations served by the 590 highlighted.


  • Yorkshire Tiger route 528 provides another route between Rochdale and Halifax, running via Ripponden.
  • First 589 uses the same route as the 590 between Rochdale and Todmorden, before continuing to Burnley.
  • First 592 combines with the 590 to give a high frequency between Halifax and Todmorden.
  • Northern Rail runs the railway line that links all of the stations that the 590 passes. Fares here.

All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.

1 comment:

  1. Do you plan on doing any routes here in Hampshire?

    Great stuff btw, would love to help if I can