My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 27, 2012

Throw those displays wide, one year like this would…

In 2011, East of the M60‘s 26 part series, My Life in the Company of Buses finished at (quelle surprise) 2011. The original series of posts were written to document the first 25 years of bus deregulation. Both on a personal level and in relation to the bus scene in Dukinfield.

With 2016 marking the 30th anniversary of bus deregulation, East of the M60 thought it was the done thing to bring the saga to 2016. A lot has happened in the five years since October 2011. Not always for the better.

A week after I completed the original saga, I was on one of these Workfare type jobbies. In 2011, getting more than two weeks free labour out of you was (and remains) unethical. Being on the same placement six months later with no job at the end, unforgivable. Had East of the M60 met its maker in 2012, this fellow may have followed suit and become a ‘success’ in the eyes of the then Home Secretary.

Instead, I am here to start the next parts of My Life in the Company of Buses. Sit back, relax, and take the next bus to 2012. Continue reading “My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 27, 2012”

Saddleworth and Oldham Bus Service Changes, October 2016

All quiet on the Oldham front

First Greater Manchester, Enviro400, Oldham bus station
The 184’s timetable will be integrated with sister routes within the Colne Valley villages.

There is little to report today other than a quartet of retiming based changes. Really, it has been a while since the Oldham and Saddleworth changes were ever that quiet. Still, time to take a breather and board that 184 to Marsden Moor. Continue reading “Saddleworth and Oldham Bus Service Changes, October 2016”

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, October 2016

330 service takes to the skies with Manchester Airport link

  • Ashton to Ringway every half hour;
  • Minor retiming changes for 7, 204, 205, 206, 219, 346 and 347 routes;
  • Operator revision for some 169 journeys.
Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400, MX07 HLZ, outside Dukinfield Town Hall
Who’d have thought in 1986 that Dukinfield would have two 330s per hour to Manchester Airport?

As far as service changes are concerned, this quarter’s set is a pretty quiet one for Tameside and Glossop. Apart from the retiming of some routes, there are only two significant changes: an operator revision and a route extension. Continue reading “Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, October 2016”