Tameside Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2014 (Or Should That Be Ashton Service Changes, Then?)

Traffic triggers latest tranche of service revisions

  • Slight change to 348’s Monday to Saturday timetable;
  • Route revision to some 350 journeys.
First Greater Manchester, Wright StreetLite, SN14 EAF Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Common fare on the 348 service as seen on the 29 May 2014: First Greater Manchester’s state of the art Wright StreetLites.

Dear passenger: have you tried getting to Ashton-under-Lyne by road lately? To say it is awful could be an understatement unless you’re travelling after 7pm. Yours truly has resorted to reading Tolstoy between Crescent Road and Penny Meadow on the 346 as a consequence. Guess what? It is going to get worse, though the hold ups are partly due to the electrification of the ‘Old Lanky’ line. This time it is affecting Mossley Road and that’s before you mention the roadworks on BT and Asda roundabouts. Oh well… Continue reading

Lost from the Supermarket: A Trolley Load of Anachronisms

Several things which 21st century children will never see or hear in their local superstores

Take a trip to a 21st century superstore, anywhere in the United Kingdom. Today’s stores are sprawling; some of which architecturally nondescript. Commonly, a great number have petrol stations and generous amounts of free parking.

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Back to Back Winners? Stagecoach Manchester Shortlisted for 2014 UK Bus Awards

Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400, MX07 HLZ, outside Dukinfield Town Hall
An Enviro400, usual fare on Stagecoach Manchester’s 330 service outside Dukinfield Town Hall. This one was photographed shortly after VTU 76’s running day.

Have they gone and done it again? Could Stagecoach Manchester be proud winners in the UK Bus Awards for the third year running? This month, it was announced that Stagecoach Manchester will represent its home city in this year’s UK Bus Awards ceremony, due to be held in London next month.
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In Praise of the Aggborough Pie Hut

Supporters’ survey fails to do justice to Murdoch’s delectable dishes

Regular readers may be familiar with some of my ramblings on The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic®, whom I have followed home and away through thick, thin, thinner and thinnest of times. In nearly 20 years of supporting them, I have been to a fair number of grounds and tried several epicurean delights from Blyth to Weymouth.
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Two Pints of Jaipur and a 346, Please…: The Top Beer Not So Perfect Ten

Ten pubs near to bus stations and bus stops

A pint before the last bus: what is there not to like? All the better if our desired public house is a short stagger from our bus stop or favoured bus stand.

The history of public houses dovetails with the development of modern day bus operations. Stagecoaches used to call at coaching inns and roadside pubs. On a long journey, for example Manchester to London each coaching inn would constitute a stage where passengers stayed overnight prior to embarking on their next leg. In later years, some of the coaching inns would remain stops on modern-day bus routes. For example, the Old General on the corner of Crescent Road and Astley Street with the 346. Continue reading

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: October 2014

More changes to the borough’s retail offerings

Bargain Buys opening day, Ashton-under-Lyne: checkout queues
Bargain Buys’ first day of trading in Ashton-under-Lyne, 06 December 2013.
  • Fashion discounter rises from the dead;
  • Stalybridge hardware shop closure;
  • Raja Brothers takes over March Hare;
  • Three new eateries for Ashton Moss.

So, how many shopping days to Christmas, now? If you’re already stuck for choice in terms of eating venues, Tameside is about to get a few more additions. Besides the KFC in Hyde, which is likely to open in the New Year, there is news of three more arrivals in Ashton Moss. In the last month, there has been a surprise return of an old name. Continue reading

Tweet Me At The Corner (of Hyde Road)

Stagecoach Manchester’s novel approach for Customer Service Week

Celebrating its annual Customer Service Week, Stagecoach Manchester held a live ‘Tweet the Directors” session, encouraging passengers to tweet about its services in Manchester, Wigan, Stockport, Trafford and Tameside.

Using the hashtag #ScGMTTD14, passengers tweeted their comments, concerns and queries to managing director Christopher Bowles and operations director Matt Davies. Today they responded to tweets between 1300 and 1400. Continue reading

Shall We Take A Trip, 1978 Style? Part One: Inner City Tour

Retracing City of Manchester Corporation’s tours from their 1978 pocket guide

Manchester in 1978: though a year before the creator of this blog emerged, the city’s Arndale Centre was a year from completion. University Challenge and Coronation Street was filmed at Quay Street instead of MediaCity. The Manchester Ship Canal’s Manchester Docks was in its death throes as bigger ships used Ellesmere Port, or at least for the next five years, Dock 9 close to today’s Lowry Centre. Continue reading

The Bus Users’ Alphabet

East of the M60’s entry for National Poetry Day

6809 Leyland Atlantean TWH 809K, Frederick Road, Salford
A real bus in a real livery. Need I say more…

East of the M60 - or rather, the genius behind the aforementioned blog has neglected National Poetry Day. At least till today. Without further ado, here’s a piece I first wrote on the 08 September 2009 (though in keeping with today’s bus routes, with a few ‘minimal changes’ in the grammar and timekeeping department).

Any resemblance to contemporary operating conditions is purely coincidental. Continue reading