Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 30 August 2020

A look at the more lasting changes that will affect Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers Earlier on, we said there were no service changes affecting Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers this autumn. At the time, we only knew about the withdrawal of South Pennine Community Transport’s 359 route and placed this in our Tameside and…

Introducing the 305: Denton’s Dane Bank Route

East of the M60 looks at North Western’s new 305 route, set to begin operation soon Stagecoach didn’t renege on its decision to change its 205 route. As of next week, its terminus will revert to being at Dane Bank, after a brief spell of terminating its Piccadilly Gardens route at Crown Point. You could…

A Top Tea Treasure: Co-op’s Indian Prince

Feast of the M60 unravels a tea time treasure It has been a while since yours truly had ventured into a Co-op for anything besides a pint or two of milk. Yet my latest visit to Manchester’s Corporation Street branch did involve two pints of milk and a box of tea bags.

In Pictures: A Sneak Peek of Ashton-under-Lyne Interchange

A look at Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station Mark 4 From the 30 August 2020, the fourth (and smartest) version of Ashton-under-Lyne bus station will be taking its first passengers. Earlier today [23 August], it was open to let passengers familiarise themselves with the surroundings and, most importantly, stand positions. With the wet weather, it proved its…

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 30 August 2020

Bank Holiday changes see last minute reprieve for Dane Bank – Denton link 204, 206 and 207 replaced by new 202 service; New Denton – Dane Bank link created – thanks to local campaign; 7 split into three variants (7, 7A and 7B); 205 reverts to being Dane Bank – Piccadilly Gardens bus route; Cuts…

The EM60 Trivial Enquiry Bureau (#3, August 2020)

Another chance to look at what you have been searching for on East of the M60’s – plus our ‘very’ human powered responses “How did I get here?” Yes, David Byrne could have been talking about East of the M60 had it existed in 1980. We probably would have pulled Xanadu to pieces after seeing it at…

How COVID-19 was a Foil for Gerrymandering our ‘A’ Level Grades

Algorithm used to favour Eton over Eltham, Harrow over Harlow, and Millfield over Middleton If you wish to better yourself, I urge you not to be Northern, working-class, nor a former pupil of a bog-standard comprehensive or academy in an impoverished area. That it seems is the message we are getting from this year’s ‘A’…

Twice the Pleasure: Our Top 1980s 12″ Tunes: The Not So Perfect Ten

Our semi-definitive guide to the greatest 12″ singles of the 1980s Sometimes, the radio edit of a chart single may lack that extra something which the 12″ version has. At the other end, some singles are better suited to the traditional two to four minutes of a seven inch 45. The long single (in excess…