Long Distance Busabout: Essential Cross-Boundary Bus Routes

East of the M60 celebrates Catch The Bus Week

First Greater Manchester, Enviro400, Oldham bus station
The Daddy of Cross-Boundary bus routes: the 184 from Manchester to Huddersfield links both the red and white rose counties.

Weather wise, the gods were smiling on this year’s Catch The Bus Week. As is customary on East of the M60, we make a point of celebrating this week by showcasing one or more bus routes. This year it is the turn of Greater Manchester’s cross-boundary routes. Continue reading “Long Distance Busabout: Essential Cross-Boundary Bus Routes”

A Fracking Good Move: Lancashire Tells Shale Gas Extractors To…

Preston New Road and Roseacre drilling operations kyboshed

  • Traffic and health concerns key to rejection;
  • But Government still sees potential for fracking elsewhere in the UK.

Lancashire County Council voted 9 to 3 against the hydraulic fracturing of a proposed site of Preston New Road. Having already voted against fracking in Roseacre, today’s news was a relief for anti-fracking protestors and local residents. Continue reading “A Fracking Good Move: Lancashire Tells Shale Gas Extractors To…”

Forgotten Local Bands of the Noughties: When Animals Attack

East of the M60 looks at a local unsigned group from the early noughties

When Animals Attack's début album.
When Animals Attack’s début album. Please note that the fuzziness is consistent with 2003 era digital cameras. Which I have done purposely in the post-processing stage.

Thursday 30 August 2001, The Witchwood, Ashton-under-Lyne. The writer of this piece, then a young 22 year old wannabe Lester Bangs type (powered by real ale and Hollands Meat Pies of course), went to see a friend’s group. Topping the bill that night was his friend’s group Scapa Flow. They were supported by two other groups. Continue reading “Forgotten Local Bands of the Noughties: When Animals Attack”

A Northern Snub? Trans-Pennine Electrification ‘Paused’

Northern Powerhouse project put on back burner

Stalybridge Station, signal gantry
Nowhere Fast: the pausing of Trans-Pennine electrification plans is set to see most of Northern England condemned to another decade or so of ancient diesel trains.

The Northern Powerhouse has been dealt a body blow as plans to electrify the Trans-Pennine route have been ‘paused’. As quoted in Hansard, the Secretary of State for Transport, The Right Honourable Patrick McLoughlin MP (Conservative, Derbyshire Dales) stated that: Continue reading “A Northern Snub? Trans-Pennine Electrification ‘Paused’”

Trams-Lancs Express: The Next Generation Metrolink Project?

Calls for new circular line backed by MPs and councillors

Metrolink Circle Line diagram
A good idea? One wonders. I know for sure that Walkden Interchange should actually be Swinton Interchange, but the map is for diagrammatic purposes (So Ner!).

The Metrolink: the bane or joy of its 30 million or so passengers, is as much a Manchester icon as The Haçienda, Coronation Street, and Alan Turing. Its use of former BR lines and on-street sections is for many a suitable alternative to the car or the bus. Much of the system up to Phase 3B is complete. At this moment, a route to the Trafford Centre and a Stockport extension is next to follow. Continue reading “Trams-Lancs Express: The Next Generation Metrolink Project?”

Should the Houses of Parliament Move to Saddleworth? East of the A627

West Riding instead of Westminster? Bring it on!

The Mother of Parliaments’ HQ is starting to show her age. Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben is starting to crack under the strain. No prize for whom they are billing? Yes folks, it’s us and you wonder why there isn’t a cheaper way? Guess what? The answer lies on our doorstep east of the A627. I shall tell you this for free as I have paid for the ninth drink on my coffee shop loyalty card. Continue reading “Should the Houses of Parliament Move to Saddleworth? East of the A627”

The Thrill of the Rhyl in Better Times

A look at the North Wales resorts in the 1980s and 1990s

With the Wakes Weeks upon us (Oldham’s starting on the 27 June, Stalybridge’s being from the 19 July), a great many of us may be in holiday mood. Today’s holidaymakers – thanks in no small part to our continued membership of the EU – think nothing of boarding a flight to Spain, Greece or Turkey. For some, as second nature as boarding a 216 bus into ‘Town’. Continue reading “The Thrill of the Rhyl in Better Times”

Lights, Cornet, Action: Band Club Lands Film Role

Judges Bar wins right to show films

After a gap almost 12 years, cinematic entertainment is set to return to Stalybridge. Judges Bar on 8 Corporation Street has won the right to show films. It is now registered by the British Film Institute as a Community Cinema. Known as the Stalybridge Town Cinema, films will be shown on one Tuesday per month. Continue reading “Lights, Cornet, Action: Band Club Lands Film Role”

Oldham’s First Hackspace Opens

New serviced studio’s grand opening

Oldham Council leader Councillor Jim McMahon OBE seen cutting the chain.

This Saturday afternoon, Oldham’s first hackspace was officially opened by Councillor Jim McMahon OBE. The open day was attended by a number of creatives and programmers from Oldham and surrounding area. Continue reading “Oldham’s First Hackspace Opens”

Forgotten Quiz Shows of the 20th Century: The Not So Perfect Ten

Appropriately, OUR starter for ten…

How on earth did I get into this quizzing lark? Over the last year, the creator of East of the M60 has been a key member of The Wheatsheaf’s quiz team. We finished runners-up in the Handicap Final to the Old Pack Horse “A” team and won the Second Section Title. Continue reading “Forgotten Quiz Shows of the 20th Century: The Not So Perfect Ten”