Ashton Bus Drivers’ Easter Cheer

Egg-cellent work for Tameside Hospital’s young patients

Stagecoach Manchester drivers from the Ashton depot with Lisa Edge and her mum. Photograph: © 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd
Stagecoach Manchester drivers from the Ashton depot with Lisa Edge and her mum. Photograph: © 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd

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. Continue reading “Ashton Bus Drivers’ Easter Cheer”

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

Class 150 Sprinter, 150274, Poulton-le-Fylde
The 1980s would, among things, be remembered for the launch of second generation DMUs and the opening of new railway stations among Greater Manchester rail users. Seen here in 2011 at Poulton-le-Fylde station is 150274, on an all-stations service to Blackpool North.

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 to ‘get rid of socialism’ forever, which in short hand would mean the privatisation of public services. British Rail too wasn’t immune to the spectre of privatisation; though the 1993 Railways Act would follow ten years later, BR was ordered to divest itself of non-core trading interests. These concerns, since the Victorian times, were part and parcel of the railways’ expansion. They were shown no mercy. Continue reading “The Reshaping of our Railways: 4. The Crumbling Edge of Quality?”