101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part Six)

The sixth and final part of our Down Our Streets serialised photo special

Seven to eight months in the making, we finally hit the magic 101 Bus Direction Signs. Worth the effort? Certainly. How many anorak points has that given us? 346 out of a possible 10 maybe.

Now for the final part. Fasten your seatbelts.

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101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part Five)

The fifth part of our Down Our Streets serialised photo special

After the successful Hattersley jaunt, I assumed that Haughton Green would have reaped similar rewards. How wrong I was.

In spite of the golden Cocker Spaniel in the works, the quest for the magic 101 bus plaques was within reach.

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101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part Four)

The fourth part of our Down Our Streets serialised photo special

Hattersley turned out to be a real surprise. What you are about to see is nineteen different plaques set in the overspill estate itself. The only non Hattersley one being our first example in today’s instalment.

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101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part Three)

The third part of our Down Our Streets serialised photo special

Part three seems to have more of a Mossley and Saddleworth focus. From what we have noticed, a great many of the first generation orange GMT plaques are present.

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101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part Two)

The second part of our Down Our Streets serialised photo special

For our next part, there seems to be a bit of a Hydonian and Dukinfeldian theme. We were surprised to see how much of Dukinfield is a happy hunting ground for Tameside Garage’s directional signs.

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101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part One)

A Down Our Streets serialised photo special

If you’ve travelled around the Tameside, Oldham and Saddleworth areas by bus, you may have noticed these objects attached to lamp posts along the way:

01 Dukinfield, Albion Hotel (W-bound)
The plaque which started it all for me: this specimen outside the Albion Hotel stop, Dukinfield.

In an orange or white background, a number of direction signs were placed at key junctions along Greater Manchester Transport’s bus routes. The bulk of which in the Tameside and Saddleworth areas which started appearing in 1977-78. Continue reading 101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part One)

New Stalybridge Cinema’s Night to Remember

Excellent turnout for début feature

A packed house at Judge’s Bar saw the return of cinematic entertainment to Stalybridge, after a 12 year hiatus. Given the venue’s association with Stalybridge Old Band, its fitting début film was well received.
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The Mossley Basic Bus Strategy: 35 Years On

A look at Greater Manchester Transport’s 1980 changes and comparison with present services

Optare Solo First Greater Manchester MA51 AEW, Denshaw
A First Greater Manchester Optare Solo seen at Denshaw, terminus of the 354 service via Greenfield and Bottom Mossley.

The 20 July 1980 was a seminal date in the history of Mossley’s bus routes. Firstly it led to the extension of the 343 route to Oldham. Secondly, it led to the rise in importance of the 350 service. Today, both the 343 and the 350 link Mossley with Oldham; the latter via Uppermill. A lot of the 1980 changes set the framework for today’s services in and around the locality from Quick Edge to Micklehurst.

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Moovit Makes a Million

UK version of transport app passes one million mark

Enviro200 Stagecoach Manchester HH56 BLU, Oldham
From Denshaw to Droylsden, and Mosborough to Stocksbridge: Moovit becomes the travel planning tool of choice for many of Britain’s bus, train and tram users. Seen approaching Oldham bus station is Stagecoach Manchester’s 407 service to Denshaw via Watersheddings and Pennine Meadows estate.

Insert your bunching based bus cliché here! Here’s another post about East of the M60‘s favourite transport planning tool within two days of the previous one.

This week saw Moovit pass the million mark in Britain. Just to recap, the state-of-the-art travel planning app enables bus, train and tram users to get from A to B quickly.

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