Farewell Rochdale Bus Station, Hello Eco-Friendly Interchange

The Toilet Tiles Are Dead! Long Live The Toilet Tiles and Its Subterranian Ambience

It has been hard to find something good from Osborne’s miserly budget. Whereas East of the M60 earlier covered the electrification work and its attendant sting in the tail, two other projects which would have a positive effect on Greater Manchester’s public transport network also formed part of his £30 billion investment fund. One of them involves the return of the cross-city buses.

Another one is a second hangover from the failed Transport Innovation Fund. This one would greatly benefit West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester bus users alike. That of the long awaited Rochdale Interchange. Continue reading “Farewell Rochdale Bus Station, Hello Eco-Friendly Interchange”

Public Sector Pay Cuts Fund Electrification Scheme

‘Women and Children Worst (Off)’: East of the M60’s verdict on the autumn budget

East of the M60 was right to be sceptical over the funding of the Manchester to Leeds electrification scheme. We said that the welfare budget would be dipped into. Continue reading “Public Sector Pay Cuts Fund Electrification Scheme”

The East of the M60 Advent Calendar

A weird and wonderful way of celebrating the run-up to Christmas in true transport geek style

From the 01 December 2011 right up to Christmas Eve, East of the M60 will be offering for the first time in blog form an advent calendar. Instead of the usual bells and candles, it will (quelle surprise) feature transport related imagery, mainly buses, possibly the odd timetable, leaflet or ticket machine.

As well as including a transport image for each day, it will feature (Top Trumps style):

  • A Bus Route of Christmas Past: a long withdrawn or renumbered bus route from the Greater Manchester area;
  • A Bus Route of Christmas Present: reference to a present day bus route from anywhere within the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and The Channel Islands.

Images will be sourced from the Flickr feed of Mancunian1001 (as of before with previous postings on East of the M60) or, in the absence of suitable images, from Creative Commons sources.

How many shopping days till Christmas is it now? Best hurry to the shops (well, what’s left of them) or hope Amazon’s got something worth buying.

S.V., 29 November 2011.

Sparks Effect to Reach Stalybridge Station

Manchester Piccadilly to Leeds electrification to form part of chancellor’s £30 billion investment package

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The Shape of Things to Come in Stalybridge? Class 333015 resting at Leeds station prior to embarking for Skipton. Photograph by Alex Drennan (Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License)

Welcome news for Trans-Pennine rail passengers is set to arrive in the form of electrification work. As one of 40 investment packages for road and rail, the Trans-Pennine route between Guide Bridge and Leeds is set to be energised to 25kV a.c., allowing for faster and longer trains. Continue reading “Sparks Effect to Reach Stalybridge Station”

East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #2: F.A. Trophy First Round Proper Draw

Edgeley Park date for Stalybridge Celtic, whereas Droylsden and Hyde face ties against East Midlands opposition

Two teams, same initials, separated by a once weekly rail service, will meet for the first time in a first class competition since the 1921 – 22 season. The glamour tie of the F.A. Trophy First Round Proper was given to Stalybridge Celtic, who travel to Stockport County.

Continue reading “East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #2: F.A. Trophy First Round Proper Draw”

East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #2: F.A. Trophy Third Qualifying Round Results

Stalybridge Celtic, Droylsden and Hyde go through, but it’s goodbye from Curzon Ashton

The gusty winds made no difference to all four Tameside clubs in the F.A. Trophy Third Qualifying Round as all fixtures were fulfilled. Even the prospect of 60 – 70 mph winds didn’t stop Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde and Droylsden from advancing to the First Round Proper.

Continue reading “East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #2: F.A. Trophy Third Qualifying Round Results”

Credible Idea or Misappropriation of Public Funds: Would You Take Your Child to a Free School?

East of the M60 on proposals for free schools in Oldham and Tameside

Our two esteemed local journals, the Manchester Evening News and the Tameside Advertiser printed articles on proposals for free schools in the Oldham and Tameside boroughs. Both sponsors of their schemes wish to deliver no nonsense teaching methods or set its pupils up for a more employable future. Continue reading “Credible Idea or Misappropriation of Public Funds: Would You Take Your Child to a Free School?”

36 Stagecoach Manchester Employees Clock Up 1200 Years Combined Service

The Stagecoach Manchester Long Service Awards for 2011, Lowry Hotel, Salford

A millennium and one fifth of a millennium is quite a long time in civilisation. Within a mere fraction of that period is the 187th anniversary of the world’s first bus service which started in Pendleton, not a million miles away from the M60 motorway. It is interesting to note that John Greenwood’s pioneering bus service began a short distance away from the Lowry Hotel, Salford, where 36 Stagecoach Manchester employees were recognised for their services to the bus industry. Continue reading “36 Stagecoach Manchester Employees Clock Up 1200 Years Combined Service”

Live from Harrop Edge: The History of Local Radio in Tameside

A history of local radio in the Tameside area

Stalybridge. The Tower of Power, on Harrop Edge.
Live from Harrop Edge: Photograph by Frank Bennett ARPS. (Creative Commons Attribution License)

In 2011, we have a cornucopia of radio stations to play with, whether on analogue or digital form. From niche internet radio stations to national stations, there are literally hundreds of stations at our disposal. Like most multichannel households it could almost be a case of 52 channels and nothing on.

It is hard to imagine that as recently as the mid-1990s, Tameside lacked a truly local radio station to call its own. This was addressed to some extent when Revolution 96.2 FM won the licence to broadcast in Rochdale, Oldham and Tameside in 1999. Eight years later, this was remedied by the launch of Tameside Radio on the 30 September 2007 – symbolically and exactly 40 years on from the launch of BBC Radio One.

The launch of Tameside Radio, nor the launch of Revolution 96.2 doesn’t mark the Year Zero Moment of local broadcasting in Tameside. In events with similar parallels to the dawn of independent local radio, pirates identified this gap in the market some time beforehand. Continue reading “Live from Harrop Edge: The History of Local Radio in Tameside”

East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #1: F.A. Vase Third Round Draw

Home tie for Glossop North End against more local opposition.

Glossop North End’s reward for beating Billingham Town is a home tie against  Runcorn Town.

Continue reading “East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #1: F.A. Vase Third Round Draw”