My life between pages
The source of my bibliophile leanings since the 21 November 1984: Dukinfield Library, Concord Way.
There are several habits, rituals and substances we acquire throughout our lives, some of which are risky. Others are less risky; some take up square metres shelf space or need a few circuits around the block (and beg for treats every so often). Continue reading
East of the M60 aboard one of First Greater Manchester’s new additions to their fleet
Spacious: the interior of one of First Greater Manchester’s new Wright StreetLite midibuses.
If like myself you was present at the Olympic Torch Relay in June 2012, you may have come across a type of midibus with a rather protruding front. I am referring to the bus which is either a successor to the Volvo B7RLEs, or a rival to both the Optare Solo or Enviro200. Today, they have become FirstGroup’s standard single decker bus of choice, and pretty neat they look too.
East of the M60 on Saturday afternoon wrestling in Oldham and Tameside
In 1965, ITV launched a creditable rival to BBC’s Grandstand. Entitled World of Sport, its first programme was hosted by Eamonn Andrews. By the 1970s, it was famed for its horse racing coverage (The ITV Seven), esoteric sports and the dulcet tones of Dickie Davies. Besides being famed for the nasal tones of Raleigh Gilbert (sent up to good effect in LWT’s End of Part One) and log rolling, there was one major draw besides the football results. Continue reading
Oldham Road closed for bridge works and electrification
- Temporary diversions on the 168, 169, 409 and 419 services;
- 41 service curtailed.
Starting this Monday (03 March) till the 18 April 2014, will be the first of a three part series of road works affecting Ashton and Dukinfield bus users. These concern preparatory works for the electrification of the York – Huddersfield – Manchester Victoria route. As a consequence, the southbound section of Oldham Road between Wellington Road/Lord Sheldon Way and Boodle Street will be closed to traffic. Continue reading
East of the M60 Exclusive: Pioneer Depot Team set to receive ten Wright StreetLite Max midibuses.
Tameside’s bus users are set to see newer buses on some of their local routes. First Greater Manchester, who have recently taken over Finglands Coachways’ stage carriage operations, has ordered a number of Wright Streetlite midibuses for local services. Their latest order will see ten of the above vehicles reach Dukinfield garage. Continue reading
Sacking of non league football expert deemed massive own goal by supporters
Non league football fans throughout Tameside and the North West of England were shocked to hear about the axing of a popular sports pundit. Mike Pavasovic, who has covered the semi-professional game since the 1970s was axed from the Tameside Reporter, and lost his non league football programme on Tameside Radio. Continue reading
New scheme aims to help unemployed persons and newly employed people get to work
Transport for Greater Manchester’s plans aim to eliminate one significant barrier which unemployed and previously unemployed persons face when travelling to and from job interviews or workplaces. Seen here is Dennis Dart SLF WA56 OAO, loading at Oldham bus station on the 350 service to Ashton-under-Lyne via Saddleworth.
Following the success of a trial scheme, Greater Manchester’s jobseekers are set to get a fare deal. Thanks to government funding, 24,000 tickets will be made available for unemployed people attending job interviews or persons settling into their new job. This will be effective till March 2015. Continue reading
Fourteen Enviro400H buses launched on 50 service from East Didsbury to MediaCityUK
Relaunch: Councillor Roger Jones, TfGM’s Ryan Carter, Councillor Barry Warner and Stagecoach Manchester’s Christopher Bowles seen outside MediaCityUK with one of Stagecoach Manchester’s new hybrid vehicles for the 50 service. (Photograph © 2014 Tangerine PR)
Whilst a great many passengers were exchanging soppy presents and cards, or viewing St. Valentine’s Day with great indifference, Stagecoach Manchester decided to spread some hybrid bus love around Manchester and Salford. Continue reading
Love is… only 20 minutes away from Rochdale Interchange
A view of Hollingworth Lake from the nature reserve – officially preferable to cocktails on a white sandy beach or swimming with dolphins. (Photo by Tim Green, Creative Commons Attribution License)
Hollingworth Lake near Rochdale has been identified as one of the best places to go on a date in the UK. Forming part of the Great Date Guide, a new collection of top dating locations and activities created by relationship website eHarmony, the two-and-a-half mile walk around the lake is listed as “the perfect way to find out about more about one another.”
East of the M60‘s most romantic bus routes
Single, 34 M, WLTM 25 – 40 year old F with GSOH and excellent grasp of GM bus network. Interests include photography, non-league football and public transport. Please reply to Box No. FGM343.
If music is the food of love, then the tinny streams of a smartphone wielding passenger aboard the 216, playing Little Mix’s back catalogue’s the indigestion. There are some people who wished Cupid’s last dart was bodied by Plaxton and left Stand A of Hyde bus station. Continue reading