JPT Back on Track: Business As Usual

Services set to operate as normal again

JPT Travel Enviro300, ST59 JPT, Ashton-under-Lyne
JPT Travel’s 217 service in its present form seen at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station.

The latest news in relation to JPT Travel is that it will be business as usual. The Middleton operator advised Transport for Greater Manchester that they will continue to run its tendered and commercial services, in spite of rumours of its demise.

Therefore, the latest news may come as a relief for regular passengers who use their services around North Manchester, Oldham and Tameside. We hope something positive arises in the long term.

S.V., 17 April 2014.

Go Cheapway to… Daisy Nook

Canals and countryside a short walk away from Oldham and Ashton

Sammy's Basin, where the Fairbottom Canal turned left to Park Bridge, with the right hand section leading to the Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne Canal in Droylsden.
Sammy’s Basin, where the Fairbottom Canal turned left to Park Bridge, with the right hand section leading to the Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne Canal in Droylsden.

I first knew about Daisy Nook in my formative years passing the place on countless occasions aboard the 409 service to Oldham. All I knew about was its rural nature, and that it has a canal along the park itself. Another thing I also knew about was its Easter funfairs. I had that pleasure myself back on a sunny Good Friday in 1984, when the 346 used to go to Droylsden via Littlemoss.

Today, it remains a popular spot for anglers, walkers, riders, picnickers and photographers, and it is accessible from Littlemoss, Hollinwood and Bardsley Brow. It is hard to imagine how in some people’s living memories how Daisy Nook was far from the semi-rural idyll it is now. Continue reading

JPT RIP: Middleton Bus Company Ceases Operations

East of the M60 World Exclusive: First Greater Manchester set to stand in on some routes

JPT Travel Enviro300, ST59 JPT, Ashton-under-Lyne
Going: JPT Travel and the 217 service in its present form seen at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station.

Over a year since Bluebird Bus and Coach’s acquisition by Stagecoach Manchester, another Middleton company has ceased operations. JPT Travel, family run since 1974, will cease operations by the end of this week with rising costs and competition the likely cause. Continue reading

Oldham Road Diversions (2): Network Rail Electrification Works, Ashton-under-Lyne

Update on Oldham Road diversions

  • Further diversions on the 168, 169, 409 and 419 services;
  • 41 service retains pre-2011 route.

Easter Saturday (19 April) will see the second of three parts in the third phase of important engineering works for the Stalybridge – Ashton-under-Lyne - Manchester Victoria route. This time, Oldham Road between Wellington Road/Lord Sheldon Way and Boodle Street will be closed to traffic. Continue reading

Crimes Against Fashion: The Shell Suit


East of the M60 seldom sources syndicated content from other blogs. Not even other blogs which the creator of East of the M60 has contributed to. Tonight, I have helped a fellow blogger who manages the History Talks blog, so you may see the odd S.V. contribution re-blogged on here where appropriate in the near future.

Here’s the first of my contributions.

Originally posted on History Talks:

New to History Talks, a guest posting from Stuart Vallantine of East of the M60 fame.

Back in the 1970s, tracksuits were often seen on the football field or the running track. You were more likely to see Steve Ovett or Dave Sexton instead of Joe Public wearing one. Function rather than fashion was key.

By the 1980s, the tracksuit became a fashion item as well as a staple for the sub’s bench or the running track. At the end of this decade, came a lurid offspring. Enter the shell suit.

Acceptable in the 1990s?

In 1989, the Shell Suit became the ‘must have’ item among households. They looked more colourful than the average garment, with fluorescent yellows and greens predominant. Plus they were lightweight and warm enough for the British weather. As well as being picked up by brand names like Adidas and Nike, there was a fair number of…

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Forgotten Beer Adverts: A Top Beer The Not So Perfect Ten

Probably the best Not So Perfect Ten in the world? We hope so.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, no television ad break was complete without a beer advert or two. We remember those heady days of Dambusters spoofs, the Guinness surfers or Melanie Sykes selling us The Cream of Manchester. Or the excellent Heineken adverts with Victor Borge. Continue reading

Less Stick More Carrot: An Alternative Unemployment Strategy

As if anybody would listen… or at least read the rest of this article

A few home truths: nobody can live a life a luxury on Jobseekers’ Allowance, or on any other Social Security benefit; secondly, more money is spent by the Department of Work and Pensions on the State Pension than out-of-work benefits; thirdly, some out-of-work benefits and the State Pension is paid by our good selves through National Insurance contributions. Continue reading

Curzon Ashton Champions

Nash clinch N.P.L. First Division North Title

In the last minute of play, Curzon Ashton clinched the Northern Premier League First Division North title tonight at Station View, Starbeck.

Niall Cummins scored the only goal in the ninety second minute in a close away match versus Harrogate Railway Athletic, amid victorious scenes at Station View. For the first time in their 51 year history, the Nash will join the Northern Premier League Premier Division – two leagues below SkyBet League Two. Continue reading

In Pictures: Rail Road 2014, Astley Sports College, Dukinfield

Highlights of this year’s model railway and transport show organised by the Tame Valley Scout Council

A Guy double decker in Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation's 1940s - 1950s livery.

In the last decade or so, I have tried and failed to visit my most local model railway exhibition. By local I mean anything less than two bus journeys in this context. Like on foot from Chez Vall or a single bus journey. After a 25 year hiatus, I decided to visit the Tame Valley Scout Council’s Rail Road 2014 exhibition, at Astley Sports College. The last time I went, it was on at the Jubilee Hall – a fantastic though alas, priced out of the reach of our fellows – venue. Continue reading