Full Size Automated Bus Begins Depot Trials

Stagecoach Manchester tests the world’s first autonomous bus at Sharston depot For several years, Greater Manchester has been at the forefront of revolutionary developments in passenger transport. Almost 50 years ago, the Chloride battery bus – an all battery powered single decker bus – led to today’s electric vehicles. Yesterday, as seen on North West…

Slaithwaite Band, 17 March 2019: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

A splendid traditional style brass band concert with five stunning solo performances In the cosy surroundings of Boarshurst Band Club, Ryan Watkins’ Slaithwaite Band served up a delightful concert with traditional fare and a superb selection of solo performances. One of the five – the band’s youngest soloist – stole the show.

40 Years a Red: Lifelong United Fan Crowned Super Supporter

Why Jimmy Langland was crowned Greater Manchester’s Super Supporter in a recent competition If you watched Manchester United’s last minute display against Paris St Germain on Wednesday, you might still be buzzing from Marcus Rashford’s penalty. There’s every chance this gentleman might have taken a modest journey across the English Channel for this spectacle.

A Saddleworth Sweep in the North West Regional Championships

Boarshurst Silver Band lead the way among Saddleworth bands in the 2019 North West Regional Brass Band Championships Blackpool’s Winter Gardens proved to be a happy hunting ground for some of Saddleworth’s brass bands. With thousands of brass band players and spectators descending on the iconic venue, the North West Regionals have a vibrant atmosphere…

A Brief History of TAC

East of the M60’s potted history of TAC (Tameside Administrative Centre) with reference to its successor, Tameside One On the 25 February 2019, Tameside One – the replacement for Tameside Administrative Centre – will open its doors for the first time. The borough’s cheaper replacement will be more energy efficient and, for the functions of…

Go-Ahead Given Go Ahead for First’s Manchester Operations

FirstGroup agree to £11.17m sale of Queens Road depot to The Go-Ahead Group In a few months time, the sight of a First Greater Manchester bus on the 53 service will be a thing of the past. As seen on both First Greater Manchester’s and The Go-Ahead Group’s websites, First Greater Manchester’s Queens Road depot will change hands for £11.17…

The Ash Tree Reopens: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

New look J.D. Wetherspoon house reopens on 19 February After five weeks of refurbishment work, Ashton-under-Lyne’s new-look Wetherspoons house will reopen on Tuesday 19 February. Costing £1.1 million to complete, cost-conscious pub goers will be able to enjoy a plusher Ash Tree.

You Know You’ve Spent Too Long in Oldham If…

A wry look at the joys of East of the M60‘s other immediate locality Before local government reorganisation in 1974, Oldham was large enough to warrant its own County Borough. On the 01 April 1974, this was superseded by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, taking in part of the West Riding of Yorkshire and a few…

Red Star: When Parcels by Rail Were Faster By Far

Who remembers Red Star Parcels when you could send your worldly goods by train? Once upon a time, not so long ago, we used to deliver a lot of our post by rail. Before the late 1980s, our newspapers came by train. Such was the importance of Travelling Post Office trains, mail trains used to…