Tree Planting Ceremony Launches New Buses

Octet of trees planted to launch new hybrid vehicles

Diana Scotcher (Sustainable Living in the Heatons), Ann Coffey MP, Councillor Dean Fitzpatrick and Stagecoach Manchester’s managing director, Christopher Bowles brave the cold to plant one of the eight trees.
Diana Scotcher (Sustainable Living in the Heatons), Ann Coffey MP, Councillor Dean Fitzpatrick and Stagecoach Manchester’s managing director, Christopher Bowles brave the cold to plant one of the eight trees. (© Tangerine PR, 2013)

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 buses seen on the 192 service from Piccadilly Gardens to Hazel Grove. Continue reading “Tree Planting Ceremony Launches New Buses”

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

Bubble Car and MetCam Shuttle
By the late 1960s, Rail Blue was starting to supplant its various liveries. This example seen above was photographed in 2010 on a Bury Bolton Street – Heywood shuttle service.

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 purr of diesel multiple units on quiet stretches added a sense of rhythm. Therefore, their future was veered towards the Thunderbirds style of Forton motorway services; the joy of unfettered motoring and not having to govern journeys by bus or rail times. For them, it was the sense of freedom and enhanced personal space which made a Ford Anglia more seductive than sharing a carriage with a few strangers. Continue reading “The Reshaping of our Railways: 2. The Axemen Cameth”