Hartshead’s Dash for Gas

Exclusive: 75 years of shale gas reserves found under Hartshead Pike

  • Hartshead Pike tower to be converted to hydraulic fracturing drill;
  • Wrexham-based fracking firm set to take over site at the end of this week;
  • Former Colliers’ Arms public house to become company offices.
Fracking and the future - shale gas in the UK
By Friday midday, Hartshead Pike’s tower could be obscured by well boring equipment, such as this example seen in 2014. Image by Day Donaldson (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

Tameside could be sitting on a goldmine of shale gas reserves which is set to reverse the borough’s Cinderella tag. Following British Geological Society surveys, most of the borough has been identified as a hotbed of shale gas. Today, East of the M60 has learnt about the discovery of further shale gas reserves under Hartshead Pike. Continue reading “Hartshead’s Dash for Gas”

Moovit 4.10’s Accessible Features

New features introduced for visually impaired public transport users

Dennis Trident Stagecoach Manchester V363 OWC, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Dennis Trident V363 OWC seen loading at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station on the 347 service to Haughton Green.

The continued development of leading transport app, Moovit, has taken another leap forward this week. Its latest update sees the inclusion of tools for visually impaired bus, rail, tube and tram users. Continue reading “Moovit 4.10’s Accessible Features”

Defining Features of Northern Rail’s Franchise: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten key characteristics of Serco/Abellio’s 12-year franchise term

Class 158, platform 2, Preston railway station
The Class 158 DMU, one of Northern Rail’s more classy rolling stock, seen at Preston station. Alongside its incumbent 158s, there will be further examples, cascaded from Scotrail. These will be diagrammed for Arriva Trains North’s Northern Connect express services.

By the start of next month, the Northern franchise will be taken over by Arriva/Deutsche Bahn Rail. This will be Arriva’s second stint with a Northern English heavy rail franchise (the previous being Arriva Trains Northern) and, most notably, it entails the withdrawal of Class 142 and Class 144 railbuses. Continue reading “Defining Features of Northern Rail’s Franchise: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Middleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Baker’s Boarshurst Debut Well Received

Sunday night [27 March] made for a great concert with Middleton Band at the Boarshurst Band Club. They have maintained their position as a community-orientated Section Two band. From Sunday’s concert, one a a few notes away from being a future Section 1 band.
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The Road End Fair Concert, Boarshurst Band Club

Three Boarshurst bands and morris men kick off Easter celebrations

Saddleworth’s Easter celebrations began in style with the Road End Fair in Greenfield, West Riding of Yorkshire. The fair and the Road End market began outside the King William IV public house, having done so since 1215.

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Cuts Scene Investigation Special: Tameside’s £20m Swimming Strategy

Changes to borough’s swimming provision sees loss of Dukinfield pool but new site for Denton

  • Active Dukinfield to become Dukinfield Sports Village with gym and fitness centre;
  • Active Ashton site to be retained in short term, pending new facility;
  • New Wellness Centre for Denton on site of Oldham’s Batteries works;
  • Swimming lanes to be added to Tameside Leisure Pool.

After 50 years, the William Andrew Swimming Baths – presently known as Active Dukinfield – will no longer have a swimming pool. Instead, the facility will become part of Dukinfield Sports Village, as a high volume gymnasium and fitness centre. There will also be a café on the premises and a soft play facility.
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Stalybridge Town Cinema, March 2016: Many Yanks for a Great Night

Another good night at the Town Cinema

Last Tuesday’s showing of Yanks [on the 22 March] was well received at the Stalybridge Town Cinema. The film, directed by John Schlesinger (1979), was chosen by means of a public vote on the Stalybridge Town Community Cinema Facebook page. Among its audience, the 2 hour 15 minute film was well received. Continue reading “Stalybridge Town Cinema, March 2016: Many Yanks for a Great Night”

Belle Vue Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

An entertaining concert with a well rounded programme

For brass band fanatics of a certain age, Belle Vue means The Showground of the World. It conjures up images of the zoological gardens, its fairground, and the King’s Hall. Which, thanks to John Henry Iles, set the foundation for the National Brass Band Contests.
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Stalybridge Town Cinema’s Eastertide Feature: Yanks

A look at the John Schlesinger film set in Richard Gere’s favourite town

Before we begin…

Shortly after Richard Gere’s interview was shown on BBC One’s Breakfast programme, the Stalybridge Town Cinema will be showing his 1979 film, Yanks this Tuesday [22 March]. The film, directed by John Schlesinger, is set in Stalybridge, the Saddleworth villages, Stockport and Hyde. Continue reading “Stalybridge Town Cinema’s Eastertide Feature: Yanks”

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, April 2016

Not-so-light tweaks order of the day with curtailments and contract changes

  • 415 reverts to Oldham – Middleton only service;
  • Operator changes for 408 and 412 services;
  • 425 evening changes and service cuts;
  • 81A evening journeys replaced by revised and renumbered 343 route.
First Greater Manchester Volvo B7RLE MX05 CJZ, Mumps Bridge, Oldham
Curtailed and split after 7pm: along with the 415 service, the 425’s evening journeys will be split at Mumps Bridge. There will also be a change of operator along its easterly section to Holts Estate.

For Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers, a case of few changes in number though with each one having a more tremendous impact than those affecting its Tameside neighbours. Whereas many of Tameside’s changes are brought about by Manchester’s traffic and some tender changes, Oldham’s will have more of an effect on its overall network. Continue reading “Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, April 2016”