Lights, Camera… Atlantean – Take Two! Weatherfield Wayfarer’s New Arrival

East of the M60 on the Weatherfield Wayfarer’s new arrival

As a follow-up to our previous article from the 29 October 2013, we at East of the M60 noticed a change to the Weatherfield Wayfarer fleet.

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East of the M60’s Big Fat Easter Quiz (Part One)

A special Easter holidays treat for all our readers

With the Easter holidays looming, we at East of the M60 would like to break from the usual gamut of posts with something a bit light hearted. With the creator of this blog’s involvement in one of the teams in the Tameside Quiz League, we have conjured up a quiz of our own.

Before you proceed, expect some transport based anorakdom or references to obscure television programmes. Other than that, enjoy the quiz. Continue reading “East of the M60’s Big Fat Easter Quiz (Part One)”

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Spring 2015: Local Services Slashed

Plus: some severance of links with Tameside and Saddleworth areas

  • Off-peak cuts to 408 service;
  • Frequency reductions for 402. 406, and 410/411 circular routes;
  • 6pm curfew for 353 and 354 services;
  • 64 curtailed to Higher Blackley, though replaced by new route.

Volvo B7RLE First Greater Manchester, MX05 CHJ, Oldham bus station
Chopped and changed: the 408 service, on the receiving end of Oldham’s service changes.

Whereas its neighbours in the Tameside area have been royally shafted, the government’s attack on hardworking bus users has left a comparatively slight dent on Oldham and Saddleworth’s bus network. Continue reading “Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Spring 2015: Local Services Slashed”

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Spring 2015: The Axemen Cameth

MCT and Stagecoach benefit from FirstGroup retreat

  • Spring 2015 cuts confirmed: affected services running to similar timetable as Sunday services;
  • FirstGroup lose evening services;
  • Dukinfield’s Mancunian way, three return journeys on weekdays.

Manchester Community Transport - YJ13HLH - Manchester - 17 October 2014
Seeing the most significant gains to this round of service changes will be Manchester Community Transport whose presence in the borough will be greatly expanded. Seen here is YJ13 HLH, an Eco-Hybrid Optare Solo in Portland Street, Manchester. Photograph by Steven Hughes (Creative Commons Non-Commercial Some Rights Reserved License)

Apart from the fact the scale of Spring 2015’s cutbacks had been anticipated, the biggest headlines should be reserved for the operator changes. Continue reading “Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Spring 2015: The Axemen Cameth”

Getting to the (Oven) Bottom of it: In Celebration of Real Muffins

The joy of Oven Bottom Muffins

Real Oven Bottom Muffins
Oven Bottom Muffins.

Muffin, barm, barmcake, roll, nudger, teacake and pikelet – I know for sure they are generically known as bread rolls, but they are more than just alternative names. Though we may ask for a chip barm in Blackley, a chicken bap in Bristol, or a ham salad roll in Tankerton, it is churlish to suggest that a barm is the same as a roll. There is differences in texture, baking style, and thickness.

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Stagecoach Manchester’s Greener Driving Initiative

Stagecoach Manchester drivers are going green after successfully completing a year long training programme in eco-friendly driving. Continue reading “Stagecoach Manchester’s Greener Driving Initiative”

The View from Ridge Hill – Part Two: Our Town, Our Way

The concluding part of our series on the state of Stalybridge

Stalybridge sundial, Armentieres Square.
A sunnier outlook: could greater devolution unlock Stalybridge’s potential as The Gateway to the Pennines?

Friday 20 September 2014, Westminster. A typical work day, but a seminal moment North and South of the Border. A sigh of relief for the Coalition Government and Labour as the break up of the UK was postponed. In a referendum the previous Thursday, Scotland voted against independence from Westminster: 55% NO, 45% YES. Shortly after the result and in the run-up to the referendum, there was talk of greater devolution in England. In this case, its main urban areas, federal units, or an English parliament.

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East of the M60’s 2015 Budget Statement: George’s Last Ride?

Nothing new for Mr or Ms Ordinary – apart from a twelve-sided pound coin

Another March, another budget, and nothing in the cupboard for Mr and Ms Ordinary. Not even a proper populist tax cut from the back of a Commons’ bench. The biggest beneficiaries of George Osborne’s last budget, in this parliament, were employers and well-to-do savers. Locally, affecting our area, Greater Manchester is set to gain control of its business rates. Continue reading “East of the M60’s 2015 Budget Statement: George’s Last Ride?”

The View from Ridge Hill – Part One: Whose Town Is It Anyway?

A two part series on the state of Stalybridge

Broken bus stop flag, Armentieres Square, Stalybridge
A Christmas Eve 2009 view of Armentieres Square shops, and a broken bus stop flag.

 

Monday 16 March, Stalybridge town centre. A typical work day, not that you were able to tell unless you went to the town’s Tesco store. Melbourne Street and Grosvenor Street, its main shopping streets: a place where the tumbleweed jumped ship years ago. Continue reading “The View from Ridge Hill – Part One: Whose Town Is It Anyway?”

Farewell Briggsy

Former ‘Bridge Player Resigns

Keith Briggs, former midfielder under Steve Burr’s tenure at Stalybridge Celtic has announced his resignation as first team manager. This was revealed tonight on the Stalybridge Celtic website. Continue reading “Farewell Briggsy”