Green Triangle Joins the Rotala Club

Lancashire operator joins bus owning group

South Lancs Travel, Optare Tempo, T100 SLT
Seen at Moor Lane Bus Station, Bolton, South Lancs Travel Optare Tempo loading at Stand B on the 574 service to Middlebrook. Photograph by Danny’s Bus Photos (Creative Commons License, Some Rights Reserved)

 

Another chapter in the history of South Lancs Travel was written today as Green Triangle Buses changed ownership for the second time in three years. Continue reading Green Triangle Joins the Rotala Club

The Early Years of Nickelodeon on Sky

A look at the UK version of America’s most offbeat children’s channel

September 1993 saw the inauguration of transmissions on the Astra 1C satellite, positioned at 19.2ºE. From then on, British multichannel television came of age. BSkyB promoted its wealth of channels as the Sky Multi Channel package which not only included Sky Sports and Sky One, but also new arrivals like UK Living and Discovery. This along with UK Gold on Astra 1B, and The Children’s Channel on Astra 1A. Continue reading The Early Years of Nickelodeon on Sky

Tameside Advertiser Swallowed Up by Super Freesheet

New title set to have separate South Manchester, Salford and Tameside editions

From the start of April, the Tameside Advertiser will be no more, a few weeks short of its 36th birthday. In its place will be Britain’s biggest free newspaper, second only to the Metro. The new title will be the UK’s biggest weekly free sheet. Continue reading Tameside Advertiser Swallowed Up by Super Freesheet

Tameside on Television #2.1: A Beginners’ Guide to Making Out

Franc Roddam’s drama set largely in the Tameside and Stockport areas

Tower Mill, Dukinfield
Tower Mill, Dukinfield: the focus of Lyme Electronics’ activities.

In the 1980s, Franc Roddam gained a reputation for his honest portrayal of working class life. For many, his most celebrated work is Quadrophenia (1979), loosely based on The Who’s rock opera. Others may consider Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983 – 88 and 2002) his finest hour. Few would have thought one of his next moves was the long-running Masterchef (1990 – to date). Continue reading Tameside on Television #2.1: A Beginners’ Guide to Making Out

Tameside Hippodrome on Target for 2016 Opening

Save the date!

Tameside Hippodrome, 29 March 2008: Last Night
Summer Spectacular: 2016 opening confirmed.

Great news! We now confirm the actual opening date of the Tameside Hippodrome. The all-important date will be the 19 August 2016. This enables the Oldham Road venue to host its first pantomime since 2007. Continue reading Tameside Hippodrome on Target for 2016 Opening

We Like to Moovit, Moovit – Around Greater Manchester of Course

Realtime transport app enables visitors to unlock the UK’s second city

Enviro400 First Greater Manchester, SN14 TTU, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
Any fool could be in the NMGH in less than half an hour: Moovit’s planner would give you more than one way to the hospital besides our 42 seen above. (Quote with apologies to John Ruskin).

 

Ever wondered what time the 346 will appear, or wonder how often the 42 runs at 3am? Well, the international public transport app Moovit has come to Greater Manchester, complementing Transport for Greater Manchester’s recent one for bus routes. Continue reading We Like to Moovit, Moovit – Around Greater Manchester of Course

Coming Soon: Free Internet Access on Pacer Units

East of the A627 World Exclusive: Ageing DMUs set for online revolution

A still from the Northern On-Line tutorial video (available in VHS, Betamax and V2000).
A still from the Northern On-Line tutorial video (available in VHS, Betamax and V2000).

On the same day the Department for Transport announced the launch of free WiFi on most trains south of Colchester (and odd ones in Wales), East of the A627 can reveal the latest breakthrough in rail travel affecting Northern English passengers. Northern Rail – the Cinderella franchise of Cinderella franchisees – will be getting a piece of the online action pretty soon.
Continue reading Coming Soon: Free Internet Access on Pacer Units

Down Our Streets #3: The Streets of Dukinfield

From County Bridge to Johnson Brook

If you’re new to Dukinfield, you may have wondered how the town’s streets got their names. A fair number of the town’s streets are named after former councillors, landmarks and parts of Scotland. A lot of the town’s housing stock moved to hitherto rural parts between the 1950s and 1970s. For some residents, It is hard to believe how in the space of sixty years, the Dukinfield Central estate changed from terraced housing to prefabricated deck-access flats.

Continue reading Down Our Streets #3: The Streets of Dukinfield

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, February 2015: The Ashton Review of Shops

Shopping in a winter wonderland

  • Replacement tenant found for Burton unit;
  • Dukinfield pub reopens as café;
  • 2015 developments in Ashton-under-Lyne.

In the last month, snow and post-Christmas thrift was grist of the mill for Tameside’s shoppers. Though Ashton’s and Denton’s branches of Bank are likely to close this year, we can sure of at least two developments. Both of which in Ashton-under-Lyne. Continue reading Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, February 2015: The Ashton Review of Shops

Sherman Rides Again: New Report Suggests Rail to Busway Conversions on Marginal Routes

Think-tank report states plan could cut fares by 40% – and guarantee seats for all

So, a seat for all passengers and a 40% cut in fares? If you’re a long-suffering rail passenger, these promises seem like welcome news. Chances are you may be jumping for joy at the prospect of extra carriages and fairer walk-on fares or season tickets. Continue reading Sherman Rides Again: New Report Suggests Rail to Busway Conversions on Marginal Routes