In Other News… Stagecoach Manchester Review Their Fares

Slight fare increases come in to effect on Easter Sunday

Dennis Dart SLF, Stagecoach Manchester X739 JCS, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
Given their recent acquisitions – of new buses as well as territories – a fares increase, even against First Greater Manchester’s recent news was inevitable. Dennis Dart SLF X739 JCS is seen here loading at Piccadilly Gardens.
  • 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 2013 [Easter Sunday], Stagecoach Manchester will be adding 10p on to single fares. This move, besides covering the day-to-day running costs, probably covers their company’s recent acquisitions. Therefore, the single fare on their 346 service from Ashton-under-Lyne to Dukinfield (Albion Hotel up to Yew Tree Lane/Cheetham Hill Road) will be £2.20 (or £1.10 for under-16s). Even with increases, their maximum single fare will be cheaper than First Greater Manchester’s. Continue reading “In Other News… Stagecoach Manchester Review Their Fares”

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

Class 101 DMU, Bury Bolton Street
A Metro-Cammell bodied Class 101 DMU. Photographed in 2009, few would have thought 47 years ago that Bury Bolton Street would lose its DMU service to Rawtenstall, let alone its reopening in 1987 (and Rawtenstall railway station’s 1991 reopening) by the East Lancashire Railway.

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 inter-city routes lessen the load on our area’s arterial roads, and of the M60 motorway itself. Continue reading “The Reshaping of our Railways: 1. Before Beeching”