Possible 2015 Boundary Changes: It’s Up The Poll Special Report

East of the M60’s musings on the proposed boundary changes

Ashton Market (from Town Hall steps)

So, whether we voted in favour of electoral reform or not, we have learnt that the House of Commons would have shafted some MPs any way. Even the 2010 Liberal Democrat Manifesto stated that, with a proposal to abolish 150 seats, albeit with a reformed voting system. Instead, Britons voted against a change from First Past the Post, protesting against its perceived complexity and fearing any loss of seats. Therefore, what we are about to receive is a loss of 50 MPs and an ageing (though seemingly idiotproof) non-proportional voting system. Most of which they said would be in Labour and Liberal Democrat strongholds. Continue reading “Possible 2015 Boundary Changes: It’s Up The Poll Special Report”

Manchester’s Road to Eastern Promise

Unravelling the mysteries of the Eastern Bypass

The northern section of the Eastern Bypass, Clayton, Manchester
The northern section of the Eastern Bypass. Photo by Gene Hunt.

If you live in Clayton or Higher Openshaw, you would wonder why there are two roads known as the Eastern Bypass. The northern section (seen above) looks like your typical dual carriageway and could be mistaken for other roads around Manchester. The southern end of Eastern Bypass – by contrast – wouldn’t look out of place in Letchworth with a garden city ambience (resembling a boulevard rather than a typical grey dual carriageway). Continue reading “Manchester’s Road to Eastern Promise”

Even More Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester: The Not So Perfect Ten

The Long Awaited Follow Up to The Follow Up

A picture of a Dennis Dart SLF in SpeedwellBus livery
GONE: SpeedwellBus’ S50 route to Mossley (Hey Farm), one of 30 Lost Bus Routes in Greater Manchester covered on East of the M60 since 2009.

Since the last follow-up in November 2009, the bus scene in Greater Manchester has seen its fair share of upheavals. It has been a tale of expanding and contracting independent companies. We have cross-boundary service retention disputes, GMPTE changing its name and M-blem (sacrilege though alas legally necessary) and its flat concessionary fare go the way of the dinosaurs. The only constant (along with death and taxation) is the conurbation’s fluid nature of its network, even now.

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