Duffers’ Guide to Bus Operations #6: Concessionary Fares

The long awaited sixth part of our beginners’ guide to bus operations returns Passengers of a certain age may remember a time when Greater Manchester’s municipal and private operations had a varying degree of concessionary fare rates. Some didn’t introduce concessionary fares till the 1960s.

Stalybridge Writing Group Relaunched at Rifleman Inn

Poets Corner returns eleven years after formation The start of 2003 saw the formation of The People’s Gallery. In June of that year came the formation of Poets Corner, a writers’ group which spun off from the gallery and later continued under the name of ‘People’s Performance’. During the warm summer of 2003, gigs took…

Blackpool Buses Set to Return to Manchester

Blackpool operator reinstates express bus link between Manchester and Blackpool Without fanfare or the semblance of a mock funeral, or a suitable wake, the 29 January 2012 saw the loss of the X61 service, Manchester’s bus link with Blackpool. In its twilight years, the service then operated by Stagecoach North West was reduced to a…

Family Bucket Squabblefest: KFC versus Hyde Town Centre

Finger licking good or clucking awful? East of the M60 ponders over the fast food giant’s plans for a new Hyde outlet The Cheshire town’s footballing side may be propping up the rest in Skrill Conference Premier and the local press’ letters pages carry, almost week in week out, the perils of parking in the…

Preston Bus Station Now Grade II Listed Building

Victory for Bus and Architecture Geeks Euston Arch of the Motorway Age saved from possible demolition Cllr Rankin: ‘Very disappointing but not altogether unexpected’ If you’ve spent the best part of your formative years en route to Blackpool or Morecambe, there’s every chance you would have come across what was Britain’s biggest bus station. For…

From Worksop Parramore to Wembley

A spotlight on the 2013-14 F.A. Challenge Cup competition By next week, the world’s greatest and oldest cup competition will be in full swing. Everybody says the absolute zenith of the competition at its finest is the final tie at Wembley. I beg to differ. What has made, and continues to make the F.A. Cup…

Hooked on Chassis: A Bumper Selection of Pre-2002 Buses in Service

Summertime, and the buses are ageing… Beyond the lustre and the glitz of Greater Manchester’s WiFi enabled buses, or electric hybrid vehicles, there’s still a fair number of late-20th century vehicles in continued service. Parts of Oldham and a fair chunk of Tameside’s bus routes are operated with vehicles built before the present millennium. Some…

Novelty Acts Through the Ages: A Not So Perfect Ten

A rundown of some of the memorable and plain wacky novelty acts over the last sixty years It seems as if the shelf life of a novelty act is shorter than Jemini’s chart career. They are remembered for about two minutes after being the talk of the office or the taproom. After his success with…

Charity Drive Raises Over £20,000

Two year partnership with Stagecoach Manchester and St. Ann’s Hospice hailed a great success Stagecoach Manchester is celebrating the end of a hugely successful charity partnership, which saw the company raise over £20,000 for St Ann’s Hospice. The company has supported the charity over the past two years, with the company’s five depots taking part in…

The Coningsby Manifesto: An Alternative Vision for Stalybridge

Where next for the ‘beautiful town with a new canal’? ‘If you want to see life,’ said the stranger, ‘go to Staleybridge or Bolton. There’s high pressure.’ – ‘Coningsby’, Benjamin Disraeli The Stalybridge of 2013 is a world away from the account of events in Benjamin Disraeli’s 1844 novel. At the time, Stalybridge was a growing…