Straight Outta Bolton: A Passenger’s Eye View of Overcrowding on Northern Trains

In Pictures: The Evening Crush Hour

Over the last six months, there has been a lot of coverage on the Southern Rail strike and the cancellations faced by its commuters. The main reason for the strike is the introduction of Driver Only Operation on 8 to 12 car units. That’s right: 8 to 12 carriages, without a guard.
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The Pick of Strawberry Studios: The Not So Perfect Ten

The Not So Perfect Ten returns with a celebration of Strawberry Studios in Stockport

This year sees the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of Strawberry Recording Studios. The story began a few yards from Strawberry’s location at the Inter-City Studios in 1967. This was above the Nield and Hardy Music Shop. It was used for recording demo tapes for local groups. The studio’s unique selling point was its location: there was nothing else of the like outside London. Hence the name Inter-City, because of Stockport being a stop on the (then recently electrified) Inter-City service to London Euston. Continue reading The Pick of Strawberry Studios: The Not So Perfect Ten

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, January 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Hyde Town Hall
Hyde Town Hall: image by Mikey, 2011 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).
  • Ashton Market and Son of TAC updates;
  • More shop closures;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

The last month has seen quite a few shops closing or changing hands in Ashton. Apart from that, the first section of steelwork has been erected for TAC’s replacement.

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First Greater Manchester’s Digital Fare Freeze

Fares held for smartphone users but on-bus prices rise

First Greater Manchester Alexander Dennis ALX400, YJ51 RCX, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

First, the bad news. Bus fares are going up again on First Greater Manchester’s routes. To soften the blow, passengers from the 02 January 2017 can pay last year’s fares if they download a smartphone app. Which is good if you have a Windows Phone, iOS, or Android device. Continue reading First Greater Manchester’s Digital Fare Freeze

Fares Unfair 2017: Priced Out of the Powerhouse?

East of the M60 draws comparisons between last year’s rail fares and this year’s price rises

Class 185 DMU, Manchester Piccadilly station
Greater Manchester’s rail scene has come on in the last seven years since this picture was taken. East of the M60 dreads to think how much an off-peak fare to Stalybridge has gone up since 2010.

First the spin: that rail fares have risen by an average of 2.2%. In reality, many casual train travellers do not believe this for one second. Especially if they make a local journey; at least with some long distance trips, you have the option of Advance Purchase tickets.
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2016, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

Taking ad-Vantage of the sunshine in Leigh, Lancashire.
The biggest bus related event of 2016 was the arrival of Leigh Guided Busway, as illustrated by the V1 service seen at Leigh bus station.

If 2016’s transport scene was to be represented by two pieces of popular music, we opened with The Beatles’ Fixing A Hole and finished with Joe Jackson’s Steppin’ Out. The former, indicative of the A57(M)’s cavity; the latter, First Greater Manchester’s closure of its Bury and Dukinfield garages.
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A Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year from East of the M60

Here’s to a less tumultuous 2017 (hopefully)

What a year 2016 has been – most of which have been memorable for the wrong reasons. As a thank you to all readers old and new, to East of the M60, here’s this year’s Christmas card.

Merry Christmas from East of the M60.

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The Sultans of SID: #24: Rob Hubbard

Our twenty-fourth SID sultan of our Advent Calendar

From yesterday, our little clue was:

Best known for the in-game music of Monty on the Run.

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Christmas Comes Early for Oldham Mother

Stagecoach Manchester awards carer announced as Greater Manchester’s Unsung Hero

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Amazed: Marie Carslaw on being presented her award.

Here’s a nice Christmas story for you regarding a charitable Oldhamer. That of full time carer, Marie Carslaw. In a Stagecoach Manchester competition, she has been announced as the region’s unsung hero. Continue reading Christmas Comes Early for Oldham Mother

The Sultans of SID: #23: Adam Gilmore

Our twenty-third SID sultan of our Advent Calendar

From yesterday, our little clue was:

His nickname is the shared with either one of the Gremlins, one of Damon Grant’s mates in the early episodes of Brookside, and a guitar device created by Godley and Creme.

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