South Pennine Goes Contactless!

South Pennine Community Transport introduces contactless payments on the 29 April 2019 On both sides of the Pennines, Arriva, Stagecoach, and FirstGroup have introduced contactless payments on their buses. Instead of fumbling for change, they offer casual passengers another way to pay for their bus fares. So far, smaller independent operators have begun to add…

The X30 Factor: Stagecoach Manchester’s New Express Service

Ever wondered what became of the 330’s Manchester Airport link? That section has been spun off as a separate service. After the 27 April 2019, the Tameside area will once again be without a direct bus to Manchester Airport. As a consequence, the 330 will revert to being an Ashton – Hyde – Stockport route….

Taking Back Control of Independent Local Radio

Is there space for truly independent Independent Local Radio in the UK? Contrary to popular belief, radio is a more popular medium than ever. Today, the listener has more ways of tuning in to their favourite station than ever before. Not only on LW, MW or FM wavelengths and DAB channels. Other mediums include Internet…

Crewe Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 21 April 2019

Matt Pithers’ promising Boarshurst debut sees satisfying programme Crewe is very much a child of railway mania. The Victorian times saw the once pastoral part of Cheshire become a hub for inter-city trains to most parts of the United Kingdom. Though Birmingham New Street has stolen its thunder in terms of passenger traffic, Crewe station…

Carry On Up The Fare Stage

An irreverent look at unusual places served by everyday bus routes 11: Cemetery Gates, 125: Doffcocker, 583: Dangerous Corner, 666: Hell… From our disjointed list seen above, could you guess which one of our four bus routes is actually a fictitious one? Well, you may surprised to find that the 11 is a fictitious route….

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 28 April 2019

First dumps 149 and 415 services whilst Stalybridge lose post-7pm links with Oldham Stagecoach Manchester takes over 149 and 415 services’ daytime journeys; Post 7pm and Sunday 340 journeys withdrawn and replaced by two-hourly Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys of 343 route; Stalybridge loses post-7pm links with Oldham following cuts to 340 and 408 services;…

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 28 April 2019

First retreats from evening routes whilst Stalybridge sees post-7pm Oldham links severed Post 7pm and Sunday 340 journeys withdrawn and replaced by two-hourly Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys of 343 route; Stalybridge loses post-7pm links with Oldham following cuts to 340 and 408 services; Manchester Airport link curtailed; Plus the usual slight tweaks and tender…

Middleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 14 April 2019

Kevin Gibbs and Co. shine again with another fine concert How do they do it? With the same sort of precision you would expect from the Swiss railways instead of Northern’s trains, Kevin Gibbs and Company gave the good people of Saddleworth a superb concert. One with a thrilling number of pieces, including a cameo…

Crossing the South Pennines By Bus: A Lost Bus Routes Special

The threads left behind by Manchester’s lost bus links with Barnsley and Sheffield The 04 January 2020 will soon be a significant anniversary date in trans-Pennine transport history. That date will be the 50th anniversary of the cessation of passenger services along the Woodhead line. Had the Woodhead line stayed open today, the all-electric route…