Technical Issues Source of Mancunian Oyster Card Delays

East of the M60 Exclusive Report: Problems over size main issue instead of fare structures From an informed source, East of the M60 has finally found out why Manchester’s answer to the OysterCard has been delayed. It has been said that Greater Manchester’s bus fare structures have been the culprit. In fact, the main reason behind…

The Reshaping of our Railways: 6. Exordium and Bus/Rail Terminus

The sixth and final part of East of the M60’s report on the effects of its area’s railways before, during and after the publication of The Reshaping of British Railways Increasingly so in my later years, I made more of my middle or long distance journeys by train. Besides my usual station, which was unaffected by…

The Reshaping of our Railways: 5. Poll Tax on Wheels

The fifth part of East of the M60’s report on the effects of its area’s railways before, during and after the publication of The Reshaping of British Railways The start of the 1990s saw the arrival of new air conditioned diesel trains, more different liveries and the dawn of the Metrolink. On a sadder note for…

Ashton Bus Drivers’ Easter Cheer

Egg-cellent work for Tameside Hospital’s young patients It is always nice to see a feel-good story, and especially one which Tameside Hospital is linked with. Kind hearted staff from Stagecoach Manchester’s Ashton depot played Easter Bunny for a day and donated over 230 chocolate Easter Eggs to the Children’s Ward at Tameside Hospital.

The Reshaping of our Railways: 4. The Crumbling Edge of Quality?

The fourth part of East of the M60’s report on the effects of its area’s railways before, during and after the publication of The Reshaping of British Railways In 1983, 20 years on from The Reshaping of British Railways, Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government won a second term with a Commons Majority of 144. Their aim was…

Tree Planting Ceremony Launches New Buses

Octet of trees planted to launch new hybrid vehicles The recent weather’s been far from kind to anyone wishing to venture outdoors, but full marks go to the local community representatives who assembled on the 22 March to plant eight trees on Langdale Road Green. Each tree planted represents five of the 40 electric hybrid…

The Reshaping of our Railways: 2. The Axemen Cameth

The second part of East of the M60’s report on the effects of its area’s railways before, during and after the publication of The Reshaping of British Railways For some commentators, the railway was slow, dirty, unreliable and apart from some instances, unprofitable. It was seen as labour intensive, but the sound of steam or the…

In Other News… Stagecoach Manchester Review Their Fares

Slight fare increases come in to effect on Easter Sunday Single fares up 10p (5p for children); Megarider up 50p to £12.50; Online monthly Megarider up to £46.00 – and same price as bought-on-the-bus equivalent; Night bus fares up to £3.00; Stagecoach Wigan and former Bluebird routes fares unaffected. With effect from the 31 March…

The Reshaping of our Railways: 1. Before Beeching

East of the M60 on the effects of its area’s railways before, during and after the publication of The Reshaping of British Railways Today, train travel east of the M60 motorway (in spite of gripes about old rolling stock and ticket prices) is more popular than ever. Along with the Metrolink, our local services and…

They Believe in Cheaper Fares and Free WiFi!

First Greater Manchester cuts day saver tickets and introduces free WiFi on trunk routes After the 08 April, the price of travelling in North Manchester by bus could be cheaper for some passengers. First Greater Manchester, the biggest operator in North Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, and Tameside, is set to reduce the price…