I suspect you are slightly exaggerating the figures to prove a point, as the DSS (or whatever they are called this week). OTOH, I think the average distance on Metrolink outside the city centre is 1km, but don't forget people have to get to the main road in the first place, often from extensive residential areas. Blackpool is a "proper" tramway, even with the new fangled trams, which at least are more comfortable than Metrolink. It also pre dates De-regulation by many little short of a century and there is full integration of fares with the buses. Your history is also slightly selective, given that the N/S examples you point out are self evidently pre-SELNEC. The 135 is registered at "frequent intervals" and is generally every 8-9 minutes on Mon-Sat daytimes and every 10 for most of Sunday. The 125 was obviously undermined by the heavy rail link to Glossop, but also a more general policy of reducing Limited Stop services with the growth in congestion during and after Deregulation. There were, of course, numerous other Limited Stop services along Hyde Road - albeit mostly peak only. Obviously, over the years, bus services have reduced as a result of lost patronage - a vicious circle - but this has had its peak periods of 1986/7 (obviously) and the last 3-4 years. The point about Metrolink is that many routes based on the supposed Jobs hotspot of Manchester Airport, Wythenshawe and even Sale along with numerous parts of Oldham and Rochdale and to a lesser extent (so far!), Droylsden have all seen significant reductions in services, with Arriva virtually wiped out.