Calling All GM Stations: A Look at TfGM’s Action Stations Plan

How Action Stations aims to transform Greater Manchester’s railway stations

Calling All GM Stations

Greater Manchester has 97 railway stations. Many of them are unstaffed with some lacking any disabled access at all. Most of the City Region’s stations are managed by its principal rail franchisee, Arriva Rail North’s Northern franchise. Stockport is managed by Virgin West Coast; Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria, by Major Stations. Stalybridge station is managed by First Transpennine Express. Continue reading “Calling All GM Stations: A Look at TfGM’s Action Stations Plan”

Reality Estates That The Heroes Got: 4. Primrose Bank and Crete Street Tower Blocks

Montrose House and Primrose House: Partington’s short lived twin towers, on opposite sides of Ashton Road

Montrose House, Oldham
Montrose House, Hathershaw: a black and white view of the tower block. Image © 1974 Paul Thorpe.

Throughout the United Kingdom, local authorities were given incentives to build taller tower blocks for slum clearance schemes. As well as heights, there were incentives to adopt experimental building systems. For example: Sectra, Bison, and Jespersen. As well as speeding up the slum clearance schemes, a lot of builders made a packet. Continue reading “Reality Estates That The Heroes Got: 4. Primrose Bank and Crete Street Tower Blocks”

Semi-Overlooked Songs Associated With Train Travel: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten great songs associated with rail journeys you may have forgotten about

Stalybridge Station and Class 170 DMU

In both senses, our latest Not So Perfect Ten is designed for trainspotters. Not only those who stand at the edge of platform six of Manchester Piccadilly station. Also trainspotters of a musical variety; the sort of people who would rather have a Steve Hackett album track on their playlist instead of Ed Sheeran. Continue reading “Semi-Overlooked Songs Associated With Train Travel: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Friezland Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

A splendid performance and a memorable Boarshurst debut for Max Stannard

A well supported concert at the Boarshurst Band Club gave Friezland Band and their recently appointed Musical Director, Max Stannard a confidence boost. Last night’s (Sunday 12 March) concert had an excellent turnout which pleased the band no end.
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Northern Rail Strike: Details of Affected Services in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside

How Arriva Rail North’s industrial action will affect passengers east of the M60 motorway

Northern Rail Strike Ashton to Huddersfield section
The Ashton-under-Lyne to Huddersfield section which is affected by the strike.

Next week shall see one of Northern England’s biggest rail strikes. Possibly the largest rail related industrial action since 1989’s nationwide rail strike. The biggest after rail privatisation began since Arriva Trains Northern guards went on strike in 2001 and 2002. On Monday (13 March), Arriva Rail North guards and drivers will begin a one-day strike. Their concern is the introduction of DOO – Driver Only Operation. Its introduction is part of Arriva Rail North’s franchise agreement with the Department for Transport.

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Bus Chief Among Top 50 Most Powerful Northern Women

Stagecoach Manchester MD Elizabeth Tasker makes list for role in mainly male dominated industry

Elizabeth Tasker, MD Stagecoach Manchester
Driving force: Elisabeth Tasker, Managing Director, Stagecoach Manchester. Image courtesy of Tangerine PR Limited, 2017.

With yesterday (08 March) being International Womens’ Day, we at East of the M60 has learned of one notable inclusion. That of Stagecoach Manchester’s Elisabeth Tasker. She was named on the Top 50 list at the 2017 Northern Power Awards in Manchester on Tuesday night (07 March).
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Sleepless Near Settle: Sleeplessness And My Childhood

Or: Why the creator of this blog is very much a night person

SV and a Chaser: Sleepless Near Settle caption.

You will be wondering “why on Earth is The Chase’s Ann Hegerty in an East of the M60 article?” Well, the story behind this picture takes us to December 2014. After meeting her with (Tremendous Knowledge) David Rainford at The Water House in Manchester (in early 2013 after a Poetica event in City Library), I had finally got around to joining a local quiz team. Since the close of 2014, I have been involved in the quiz teams for The Wheatsheaf and The Lodge Hotel. Regular readers of this blog would know for sure the two pubs are in Dukinfield. Continue reading “Sleepless Near Settle: Sleeplessness And My Childhood”

Stagecoach Manchester Goes Contactless

Greater Manchester bus passengers able to pay for singles and day rovers using contactless cards

Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester’s MD seen at Hyde Road depot launching the company’s contactless payment option.

From the start of this month, Stagecoach Manchester passengers now have access to contactless payment methods. In line with Greater London operations and Stagecoach South East’s Little & Often network, they will be the first bus operator to offer this facility in Greater Manchester. Continue reading “Stagecoach Manchester Goes Contactless”

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

Ashton Open Market (from Bow Street)
The Changing Face of Ashton Market: a view of the new look open market, taken with a cheapo (i.e. free of charge) disposable camera.
  • Co-op stores change hands in Dukinfield, Haughton Green and Newton;
  • First year of trading celebrated at Bridge Beers;
  • Stalybridge Celtic to consider a town centre move;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements.

It has been a fairly quiet month.

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