TJ Hughes Returns to Oldham

Popular department store set to reopen in Town Square Shopping Centre

After a four year hiatus, TJ Hughes is set to return to Oldham. The Liverpool based department store chain which fell on hard times in 2011 will return to its two storey unit in the Town Square Shopping Centre. Continue reading TJ Hughes Returns to Oldham

The Power of Moovit To Your Wrist!

Moovit 4.0 spawns Apple Watch and iOS versions

Enviro400 Stagecoach Manchester, MX08 GNU, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Thanks to the Apple Watch and Moovit you can check the times of your next 346 as well as this fellow waiting in the wings. Please note that Stagecoach Manchester journeys of this route on Monday to Saturday daytimes are 08, 28 and 48 hours from Ashton, and 05, 25, 45 hours from Hyde.

 

Moovit, the smartphone app designed for all UK cities which allows public transport users to make sound connections has gone a step further. From today, like James Bond would be able to do, you can chart the progress of your 346 from your Apple Watch. Supposing Sean/Roger/Pierce/Daniel only had an iPhone, they can enjoy Moovit 4.0 on their device.

Continue reading The Power of Moovit To Your Wrist!

In Pictures: The 2015 Whit Walks – Dukinfield and Stalybridge

East of the M60 World Exclusive: images of this year’s Whit Walks in Dukinfield and Stalybridge

Eight churches, four from Dukinfield and four from Stalybridge, upheld the traditional Procession of Witness on a cloudy Whit Sunday. Continue reading In Pictures: The 2015 Whit Walks – Dukinfield and Stalybridge

A Ghost of a Chance: Manchester to Chester via Reddish South?

New hope for Britain’s most notorious ghost train

Over 26 years ago, the once frequent Stockport to Stalybridge train was dramatically cut back to a handful of journeys. By 1993, a single journey either northbound or southbound. At present, the parliamentary train only runs out of Stockport with its lone journey departing at 0922. Continue reading A Ghost of a Chance: Manchester to Chester via Reddish South?

Forgotten Eurovision Classics: The Not So Perfect Ten

East of the M60 commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest

Owing to this month’s Not So Perfect Ten being later than usual, we have decided to commemorate the above venerable institution. One maligned and respected in equal measure. An institution better known for its most frenetic climax. One that led to Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Annafrid to become Sweden’s biggest export after Volvo cars. Continue reading Forgotten Eurovision Classics: The Not So Perfect Ten

In Pictures: The Four Millionth Passenger of the X50 Bus Route

Spectacular scenes outside intu Trafford Centre for Stagecoach Manchester’s express route

Photograph by Peter Powell.    13-05-2015. This is Baktash Noori who is the 4 millionth Customer on the Stagecoach Service X50.
Man in a million, four times over: Baktash Noori (centre) seen with Richard Paxton (left), Christopher Bowles (right) and an oversized intu Trafford Centre gift card. (Photograph: © 2015 Tangerine PR Ltd)

A surprise celebration was held for the arrival of the four millionth passenger of the X50 service. Bako Noori, 20, alighted at intu Trafford Centre, only to be greeted by a live fanfare, confetti cannons, baton twirlers, balloons and banners. Continue reading In Pictures: The Four Millionth Passenger of the X50 Bus Route

The North North of the Border: A New South Scotland?

A pipe dream or a possibility?

Over the last week, most of the UK’s populace was agog at David Cameron clinching another term of office. That as part of a majority Conservative government, Britain’s first since April 1992. As well as apathy and the most partisan press campaign since Michael Foot was Labour leader, nationalism played a major part. The UKIP vote ate into Labour’s share as well as the Conservatives’ votes. Continue reading The North North of the Border: A New South Scotland?

On a Roll: Feast of the M60’s Best Barms and Marvellous Muffins

Feast of the M60 celebrates British Sandwich Week

The Earl of Sandwich has a lot to answer for; at a loss as to what snack he decides to have on his card table, he came up with this ingenious plan. Putting two slices of bread together between a filling, he creates a dish which enables him to play cards and eat at the same time. Continue reading On a Roll: Feast of the M60’s Best Barms and Marvellous Muffins

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

More changes and pub closures

  • Wilko completes Arcades move;
  • Long-serving tack shop relocates;
  • New fishmongers opens in Stalybridge.

Regular readers, please accept my apologies for the late arrival of this month’s digest. Given the small matter of an election or three (hence East of the M60‘s coverage of all three elections in the borough), our monthly digest is only a week later than normal.

Continue reading Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, May 2015: The Ashton Review of Shops

Summer Saturday Saddleworth Service Sets Sail on 30 May

South Pennine Community Transport launches new trans-Pennine link

Once upon a time, quite some time ago, in the good old days of Greater Manchester Transport and GM Buses, there used to be a direct bus along the A635 road east of The Clarence Hotel in Greenfield. Operating from Rochdale, it was known as the Pennine Edge and allocated service number 430. Its route approached Saddleworth via High Crompton, Denshaw, Delph and Greenfield before getting to Holmfirth. Continue reading Summer Saturday Saddleworth Service Sets Sail on 30 May