East of the M60’s Big Fat Summer Quiz: The Quiz Connection

Can You Get Yourself Connected With East of the M60‘s Quiz Connection?

East of the M60 have had quizzes before, though most of which have been multiple choice questions. Today, we’re going to be different. Enter The Quiz Connection. Continue reading “East of the M60’s Big Fat Summer Quiz: The Quiz Connection”

Midnight Dynamoes Pound Pavements for St. Ann’s Hospice

Stagecoach Manchester Staff Take To Streets For A Good Cause

Midnight Dynamoes: the Stagecoach Manchester team about to embark on their walk for St. Ann’s Hospice. (Photograph © 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd).

Fourteen Stagecoach Manchester employees swapped their driving shoes for trainers to take part in the Midnight Walk last Friday, to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice. Continue reading “Midnight Dynamoes Pound Pavements for St. Ann’s Hospice”

The Road Least Travelled: Ashton’s Lesser Spotted Circular

Our third lesser known bus route within Greater Manchester

If you’re au fait with Tameside’s bus scene, you may be familiar with the 331 and 333 circular routes from Ashton-under-Lyne. They were originally Ashton Corporation’s 1 and 3 services with the former reaching Hurst in a clockwise direction via Broadoak Road. Continue reading “The Road Least Travelled: Ashton’s Lesser Spotted Circular”

‘Stop For Me, Speak To Me’: RNIB Set Role Reversal Challenge

Bus drivers to swap places with blind and partially sighted passengers

A group of bus drivers and a local MP are set to face an unusual challenge this Friday, when they swap places with blind and partially sighted people from Greater Manchester. This is in support of a new campaign from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Continue reading “‘Stop For Me, Speak To Me’: RNIB Set Role Reversal Challenge”

A Little Gem of a Comfy Bus (or Three)

Two new operators hit the streets of Greater Manchester this July

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Coming soon to a Bolton street near you: a Cumfybus Optare Solo. Photograph by Alan Sansbury (Creative Commons, Some Rights Reserved license).

The fluid nature of the Greater Manchester bus scheme never fails to fascinate East of the M60, and a fair chunk of its regular readers. Conversely, the presence of new operators may infuriate some passengers, particularly those accustomed to single operator season tickets. Continue reading “A Little Gem of a Comfy Bus (or Three)”

Televisual Gems of the 1980s: Connections

Granada Television’s forgotten teatime quiz show

There hasn’t been a Televisual Gems of the 1980s post for a while on East of the M60. To commemorate ITV’s departure from Quay Street, our second entry came from Granadaland.

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Second Post Office Returns to Dukinfield

King Street regains Post Office

After a 13 week hiatus, there will once again be a second Post Office in Dukinfield. Opening on the 24 June, it will be situated on 61 King Street. Three counters will be added and all services hitherto carried out at its previous site will return. It will occupy part of Waz’s Convenience Store. Continue reading “Second Post Office Returns to Dukinfield”

Hotline Heroes Answer Call for Midnight Walk

Stagecoach Manchester Staff Answer The Charity Call For St. Ann’s Hospice

On Standby: Gina Bromiley, Nicky Park and Mabel Allan-Stevens (Photograph © 2013 Tangerine PR).

Three kind-hearted switchboard operators from Stagecoach Manchester’s Daw Bank depot, Stockport, have responded to St. Ann’s Hospice’s call for this year’s Midnight Walk (Friday 21 June). Continue reading “Hotline Heroes Answer Call for Midnight Walk”

The Road Least Travelled: Hyde’s Other 344 Route

Another obscure bus journey throughout Greater Manchester

Optare Solo MX08 MYJ, Stotts of Oldham, Oldham Bus Station
Our second 344’s more illustrious sister, loading at Oldham Central Bus Station.

At Hyde bus station, there are two 344 routes. One is the Backbower Circular, which co-works with the 342. There is also a lesser known 344, one which comprises of a single journey.

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I Want My G.M.T… (Get Me There)

Transport for Greater Manchester unveils new Oyster style travel card

Not an exclusive peek at the future design but then again, who knows?

Details have emerged over Transport for Greater Manchester’s Oyster Clone. Eschewing the single word animal names of Merseytravel ITA and Transport for London, Transport for Greater Manchester have elected to call their equivalent ‘Get Me There’. It is aimed that TfGM’s name would ‘do what it says on the card’, albeit by bus, Metrolink and local rail services. Continue reading “I Want My G.M.T… (Get Me There)”