Tameside (Temporary) Service Changes: Network Rail Electrification Works, Ashton-under-Lyne

Oldham Road closed for bridge works and electrification

  • Temporary diversions on the 168, 169, 409 and 419 services;
  • 41 service curtailed.

Starting this Monday (03 March) till the 18 April 2014, will be the first of a three part series of road works affecting Ashton and Dukinfield bus users. These concern preparatory works for the electrification of the York – Huddersfield – Manchester Victoria route. As a consequence, the southbound section of Oldham Road between Wellington Road/Lord Sheldon Way and Boodle Street will be closed to traffic. Continue reading “Tameside (Temporary) Service Changes: Network Rail Electrification Works, Ashton-under-Lyne”

State of the Art Midibuses Set to Reach Tameside

East of the M60 Exclusive: Pioneer Depot Team set to receive ten Wright StreetLite Max midibuses.

Tameside’s bus users are set to see newer buses on some of their local routes. First Greater Manchester, who have recently taken over Finglands Coachways’ stage carriage operations, has ordered a number of Wright Streetlite midibuses for local services. Their latest order will see ten of the above vehicles reach Dukinfield garage. Continue reading “State of the Art Midibuses Set to Reach Tameside”

Fans Cry Foul Over Axed Local Sports Pundit

Sacking of non league football expert deemed massive own goal by supporters

Non league football fans throughout Tameside and the North West of England were shocked to hear about the axing of a popular sports pundit. Mike Pavasovic, who has covered the semi-professional game since the 1970s was axed from the Tameside Reporter, and lost his non league football programme on Tameside Radio. Continue reading “Fans Cry Foul Over Axed Local Sports Pundit”

A Fare Deal for Thousands of Jobseekers

New scheme aims to help unemployed persons and newly employed people get to work

Transport for Greater Manchester’s plans aim to eliminate one significant barrier which unemployed and previously unemployed persons face when travelling to and from job interviews or workplaces. Seen here is Dennis Dart SLF WA56 OAO, loading at Oldham bus station on the 350 service to Ashton-under-Lyne via Saddleworth.

Following the success of a trial scheme, Greater Manchester’s jobseekers are set to get a fare deal. Thanks to government funding, 24,000 tickets will be made available for unemployed people attending job interviews or persons settling into their new job. This will be effective till March 2015. Continue reading “A Fare Deal for Thousands of Jobseekers”

168 Tonnes of Love: Valentine’s Day Debut for Hybrid Buses

Fourteen Enviro400H buses launched on 50 service from East Didsbury to MediaCityUK

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Relaunch: Councillor Roger Jones, TfGM’s Ryan Carter, Councillor Barry Warner and Stagecoach Manchester’s Christopher Bowles seen outside MediaCityUK with one of Stagecoach Manchester’s new hybrid vehicles for the 50 service. (Photograph © 2014 Tangerine PR)

Whilst a great many passengers were exchanging soppy presents and cards, or viewing St. Valentine’s Day with great indifference, Stagecoach Manchester decided to spread some hybrid bus love around Manchester and Salford. Continue reading “168 Tonnes of Love: Valentine’s Day Debut for Hybrid Buses”

Hollingworth Lake Named Top Place To Date

Love is… only 20 minutes away from Rochdale Interchange

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A view of Hollingworth Lake from the nature reserve – officially preferable to cocktails on a white sandy beach or swimming with dolphins. (Photo by Tim Green, Creative Commons Attribution License)

Hollingworth Lake near Rochdale has been identified as one of the best places to go on a date in the UK.  Forming part of the Great Date Guide, a new collection of top dating locations and activities created by relationship website eHarmony, the two-and-a-half mile walk around the lake is listed as “the perfect way to find out about more about one another.”

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Romance on the Buses – A Decet of Romantic Bus Routes: The Not So Perfect Ten

East of the M60‘s most romantic bus routes

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If music is the food of love, then the tinny streams of a smartphone wielding passenger aboard the 216, playing Little Mix’s back catalogue’s the indigestion. There are some people who wished Cupid’s last dart was bodied by Plaxton and left Stand A of Hyde bus station. Continue reading “Romance on the Buses – A Decet of Romantic Bus Routes: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Cuts Scene Investigation: Greater Manchester’s Bus Network

East of the M60 on a possible gloomy outlook for Greater Manchester’s subsidised routes

Under Threat: Socially necessary services such as the 343 from Oldham to Hyde.

The last two years have been pretty good for Greater Manchester’s bus users. First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester have introduced new vehicles, either with electric-hybrid engines or free WiFi. Elsewhere, System One Travelcards have held the prices of their season tickets till April of this year. Patronage has increased; given the profit motive in today’s operations, it is most obviously trunk routes like the 330, 409 or 192 which have prospered. Continue reading “Cuts Scene Investigation: Greater Manchester’s Bus Network”

Rebellious Mixtape #8: The Greatest Narcissistic Personality Album in the World… Ever

Definitely not available in any shops, or on your favourite tax-dodging online retailer’s website either

Some time ago, I was with a good friend of mine and on the M56 motorway near Preston Brook, there was this Beyonce song which epitomised Dependent Personality Disorder. The lyrics – the drippiness of it all, mawkish, pleading nature – rubbed us up the wrong way. Shortly after boarding a train from Manchester Airport to Stalybridge, I hit upon the idea of a compilation album. It could have been called AC/DPD, as a nod to the seminal Anglo-Australian heavy rock group.

Almost five years on, I still couldn’t. Continue reading “Rebellious Mixtape #8: The Greatest Narcissistic Personality Album in the World… Ever”

From Orange to Olympia: First Greater Manchester’s Takeover of Finglands’ Bus Operations

Timetable set in motion for transition from Finglands to FirstGroup

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The signs they are a changing: First Greater Manchester stamps its authority on the Finglands depot site. (Photograph © 2014 Tanvir Hamid)

From Sunday, First Greater Manchester will be the proud operator of two 41 services. Two entirely different 41 services with varying levels of traffic and clientele. Both of which daily, one of them operated with eco-friendly electric hybrid Solos.
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