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Cityzap, TPE or National Express: Which Way from Manchester to Leeds?

How does Transdev’s brand new bus service measure up against the competition? East of the M60 takes a look.

From the 04 November, Transdev will offer another way of travelling from Manchester to Leeds. Known as Cityzap, it aims to offer a more affordable way between the two cities. At Manchester city centre, its terminus will be Chorlton Street, outside the coach station. There will be an additional stop on Piccadilly Gardens. Continue reading “Cityzap, TPE or National Express: Which Way from Manchester to Leeds?”

Halloween Haunts By Bus

Ghostly bus routes in Greater Manchester

Halloween: it is a time of year associated with fancy dress as well as ghostly gatherings. It is a time noted for trick-treating, apple bobbing, and a bit of all round silliness. Of a horror variety of course. It also means films like Hocus Pocus and any instalment of the Halloween franchise.

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Be Nice Bus Stands Against Online Bullying

Anti-bullying bus launched by Stagecoach and The Diana Award

  • UK educational bus touring UK schools to deliver ‘be nice online’ message;
  • Thousands of school pupils invited to sign ‘Be Nice’ pledge following on-bus workshops.
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The #BeNiceBus, driven by Ferne McCann and donated by Stagecoach.

A ground-breaking anti-bullying bus tour designed to encourage thousands of young people to be nicer online is due to arrive in Manchester. Stagecoach has teamed up with The Diana Award charity to launch the UK’s first and only #BeNiceBus. The Diana Award runs the leading Anti-Bullying Campaign in the UK and Ireland giving young people the skills, confidence and training to tackle all forms of bullying as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Continue reading “Be Nice Bus Stands Against Online Bullying”

Dobcross Brass Monkeys: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Saddleworth’s jungle VIPs entertain appreciative audience on final leg of World Tour of Saddleworth

The West End; Broadway; Wembley Stadium; and the O2 Arena: they are nothing on the Boarshurst Band Club for their presentation of brass band music. For the likes of Adele, U2, The Three Degrees, and Coldplay, iconic venues. But Wembley Stadium doesn’t have a good chippy yards away from its royal box. Boarshurst Band Club does: that redeeming feature as well as a knowledgable audience is why the Dobcross Brass Monkeys chose this venue. For the last leg of their World Tour of Saddleworth.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Winter 2017

It’s oh so quiet… for once

  • Change of operator for 341 service;
  • First, Stagecoach, and High Peak retimings.
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The 216 service: unchanged in this season’s retimings.

Between the 29 October 2017 and the 28 January 2018, there will be few service changes in Tameside and Glossop. Of those affected by the Winter 2017 changes, High Peak bore the brunt. Retiming forms the bulk of this season’s round up.
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Tintwistle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (October 2017)

Second visit of 2017 makes for a similarly vibrant concert

Eloquence and entertainment was in abundance at Tintwistle Band’s second visit of 2017 to the Boarshurst Band Club. Last night, Sarah Groarke-Booth opted for a mix of the old and the new in her programme. As well as including some pieces that could have been written in hieroglyphics instead of bass or treble clefs, there was some nifty new pieces. This made for an enjoyable concert on the whole.

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Oldham Evening Chronicle’s Revolutionary Revival

Local radio station Revolution 96.2 buys the Oldham Evening Chronicle

Let’s go back to the 31 August: the Oldham Evening Chronicle had printed its last edition at Rhodes Bank. Hirst, Kidd, and Rennie, its long time parent company went into receivership. Till today its fate was in the hands of KPMG, its administrators. Continue reading “Oldham Evening Chronicle’s Revolutionary Revival”

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Moovit Versus The Leaf Fall Season

How Moovit Leaf Watch aims to improve commuting in the leaf fall season

Ah yes, autumn is upon us. It is that time of the year where salad gives way to soup. For many commuters a right pain in the proverbials, thanks to falling leaves. This means slower journeys, timetable revisions, or cancellations. Moovit, in their words, will cover you “better than the withered foliage on the tracks of your commute”.

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The Stores That Tesco Ate: A Lost Precinct Not So Perfect Ten

A look at ten supermarket chains absorbed by Tesco since 1945

For social historians and retail commentators, the recent history of Tesco is peppered with twists and turns. Contemporary hagiographies focus on the store chain’s tax affairs, or their presence on our High Streets.

Much of the groundwork was set in the 1960s and 1970s thanks to Jack Cohen. After organic growth, the end of the 1950s onwards saw Tesco buying regional chains like Irwins and Hillards. Even so, their integration wasn’t all plain sailing: for example, outstanding debts; unsuitable sites; and planning issues. Its turning point came when Ian MacLaurin joined the Tesco board after being a management trainee. As Managing Director in 1977, he ditched the Green Shield stamps, a gimmick which only ten years before, drew shoppers to their stores.

The rest, they say, is your favourite humanities cliché. It set the store chain onto an upward trajectory. Stores grew in size as well as numbers: standard sized supermarkets; plus Extras, Metros and Expresses. Then global domination, and a loyalty card scheme that took the retail world by storm.

In our Lost Precinct Not So Perfect Ten, we look at the ten store chains that Tesco have acquired since 1945. Continue reading “The Stores That Tesco Ate: A Lost Precinct Not So Perfect Ten”

Peter Sumner, award winning engineer.

Wilmslow Resident Wins Engineer of the Year

Stagecoach Manchester engineer wins top engineering honours in Route One Awards

In the annual Route One Awards, Peter Sumner, was named Engineer of the Year in the Large Operator. The Stagecoach Manchester engineer picked up his award in Birmingham last week. The Route One Awards celebrate achievements and excellence in the coach and bus industry. Nominees are put forward by dealers, manufacturers and suppliers. Continue reading “Wilmslow Resident Wins Engineer of the Year”