Northern Nationalised: Franchise Transfers from Arriva Rail North to DfT

Northern franchise taken over by DfT as Operator of Last Resort from the 01 March

After several rumours and persistent lobbying by Northern English political figures in the last six months, it was announced today that Arriva lost its Northern rail franchise. Under the Anglo-German company’s tenure, the rail franchise was dogged by poor service, delayed rolling stock deliveries and gross overcrowding.

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Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band, 26 January 2020: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Accessible programme and four fabulous solos make for another delightful concert

The second concert of Boarshurst Band Club’s 2020 season of Sunday Brass Nights was another joy to behold after Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band’s performance. Throughout each concert, one of the world’s oldest brass bands have never failed to entertain nor captivate the audience. Last night’s soiree at the Brass Banding Home of Legends was no exception.

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Ashton Open Market, during the Tameside Young Traders' Market, 25 May 2019.

Foodie Markets: Gentrification or a Valid Regeneration Scheme?

Why the general retail market is an important fixture in our High Streets

Over the last decade, retail sales figures have been gravely affected by the dual onslaught of online shopping and stagnant wages. With the former, it is cheaper for some households to stay at home and pay the online retailer’s delivery charges instead of bus or taxi fares. In the last month, we found that last Christmas’ sales figures were the worst for 25 years.

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Westoe Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 19 January 2020

Another tight performance from Westoe Brass Band

After being forced to choose from singers dressed as yellow ducks or unicorns, or ice-based pratfalls, the people of Saddleworth (and Boarshurst Silver Band’s avid streaming audience) were saved from such misfortune last night. At 7pm, Westoe Brass Band began the 2020 season of concerts in style.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 26 January 2020

More tinkering around the edges: nothing too drastic

Unlike the previous set of changes which has butchered Greenfield’s bus network, the latest set of changes are a more sedate affair. Usually, this is a lull before the storm of post-Easter changes.

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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 26 January 2020

Traffic chaos curtails 150 route

  • 150 route curtailed to begin in Gorton;
  • Retiming tweaks for 389 and 350 routes.

As is the norm for the January set of changes, the first set of bus service changes of 2020 is a sedate affair. If you live in Stalybridge or Ashton-under-Lyne, only two routes are subject to minimal service changes. If you live in Hyde and fancy a trip to the intu Trafford Centre – or Chorlton-cum-Hardy, there is one change that doesn’t make for good reading.

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Stalybridge Station, Yorkshire platform and Buffet Bar

Local Rail Passenger Numbers Rise Despite Punctuality and Reliability Issues

Despite Transpennine Express’ and Northern’s crises, more people are taking to the trains in Tameside and Glossop

The latest ORR (Office of the Rail Regulator) figures for the Entries and Exits of our railway stations have been released for 2018 – 2019. Given the kerfuffle caused by delayed rail projects in Central Manchester and the imposition of Skipstopageddon on the Huddersfield line, the figures should make for interesting reading.

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Shaw, Royton, Oldham and Manchester from Crompton Moor by Michael Ashton, 01 August 2007

The Road Least Travelled: The Chadderton to Shaw Circular Route

Is this Greater Manchester’s most obscure bus route?

If you mention the 22 in relation to Greater Manchester bus routes, the first one that springs to mind is the long withdrawn route from Bolton to Stockport. The one that has been split at the intu Trafford Centre of late, renumbered 2 and 25.

Today, there is only one 22 route in Greater Manchester with a decent frequency. A service from Ashton-in-Makerfield to Warrington with an evening extension to Wigan. Did you know that Greater Manchester has a second 22 route?

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Two-Year Fundraising Drive Raises £31,139 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Stagecoach Greater Manchester’s two-year fundraising campaign pays off for RMCHC

Stagecoach Manchester has rounded off a successful two years supporting Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity (RMCHC) by announcing it has raised a massive £31,139 for the cause.

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Bus Route Numbers: Is 3, X3, 3A or 3x The Magic Number?

For East of the M60‘s 2000th article, we look at the art of bus route numbering

If you live in Oldham, you may be wondering why the 409 used to be the 9. You may be asking yourself why some operators use suffixes and prefixes in addition to numbers. Why, might you ask, do several express routes begin with X? This little post may answer some of your questions.

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