Wharmton Hill View, EM60

New Ski Resort Set to Bolster Tameside Tourism

EXCLUSIVE: Multi-Million Private Sector capital scheme to transform Mossley and Saddleworth

The pandemic has been disastrous for our hospitality industry. Pubs have been closed for over a year with some facing depubification. With Brexit in full swing and many countries off limits to Britons thanks to COVID-19, the British tourism industry have changed the definition of Stay At Home. Instead of taking that holiday in Portugal, Spain or Turkey, they have chosen to Big-Up Britain.

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Bus Franchising Is Go

What Colour for Greater Manchester’s Buses

Is the future orange and white or pink with yellow spots?

Unless we know different by the end of May, we shall be bracing ourselves for a new era of franchised bus operations by 2025. There will be endless chat on social media and blogs as to what bus routes will change, the fares, the cost of running the whole thing, and fun things like the livery.

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Lego GMT Standard double decker

Franchised Buses Get The Green Light

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham goes for Bus Franchising Scheme

Nearly four years after he was elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham stuck to his pledge to reform Greater Manchester’s buses. Following a second consultation, he made his announcement at 1440 beside Stand E of Ashton-under-Lyne Interchange. The Free Trade Experiment with Greater Manchester’s buses will be consigned to history in four years time.

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Heck Feck Sausages Packet

A Brazen Banger: Heck’s Feck Sausages

Feast of the M60 reviews Heck’s latest sausage sensation

ALDI, Stalybridge, 1.45 pm: thanks to the third lockdown and one of my parents shielding till the 1st April, I have been charged with doing the big shop. After falling out of love with trudging heavy bags from Morrisons, I discovered ALDI – thanks to being back from a football match far earlier than expected last September. The biggest challenge is trying to find something good for tea that everyone would like at a reasonable cost. In my most recent shop, I came across something different in the cooked meats department.

A pack of sausages inspired by the late Frank Kelly’s most famous comedy character. Any reference to Father Ted was enough to get me purchasing the things. The £1.99 price tag for equally attractive. A change from ALDI’s already delectable Cumberland ones.

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Leyland Titan, Trans-Lancs Vehicle Rally, 2013.

Bus Back Better: Towards a Second Bus Renaissance?

With the possibility of bus franchising in Greater Manchester and improved local networks, has the government fallen in love with our buses?

There are four things that the creator of this blog shares with Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, otherwise known as Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP. One of them is a lackadaisical approach to haircare, plus we share the same horoscope (both myself and the PM are Geminis). We also have impeccable taste in doggies with Jack Russell Terriers. The fourth one is a love of buses.

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Droylsden Library, Alan Murray-Rust (2013)

Droylsden Library Move Back On Track

Brownfield funding source sees return of plans to move Droylsden library to Guardsmen Tony Downes House

Back in 2015, Tameside MBC began a consultation to move Droylsden Library from its existing premises to the ground floor of Guardsmen Tony Downes House. As I attended a creative writing group there (and fell in love with the library), I chose to fill in the consultation.

What I loved about Droylsden’s library was its inter-war modernist exterior. I loved the airiness at street level and the non-fiction section and study area lower down. What I was less impressed with (by 2015 standards) was its approach to all parts of the library for wheelchair users. The lift to its three floors is only suitable for carrying books instead of readers.

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Hyde Market Place Sepia

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, March 2021: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s semi-reopened window on the shop windows

This month will see some sense of normality returning to our High Streets – or at least plans pointing us towards a sense of normality. The first part of this post-pandemic ‘reopening’ will begin with our schools. According to the Government’s Roadmap, non-essential retail businesses will be able to reopen from the 12 April 2021 at the earliest, as will public houses with beer gardens.

In the last month, COVID-19 cases rose for a bit in Tameside before going down in the last week. What effect will the schools reopening have on cases in the next month?

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Tecsun PL-310ET radio receiver (with Revolution 96.2FM).

Greatest Hits Radio Ditches MW Frequencies

Iconic 999kHz and 1152kHz wavelengths to go in North West

“In the North West, you know what’s best…”

“We thank you for sharing your days with us/For The Best Hit Music with a smile/Whatever the time of day or night, your music and your friend…”

If you are older than 30 years old, there’s every chance you’ll remember listening to the latest chart sounds on Medium Wave. Forty years ago, a lot of our radio listening came from medium wave (or AM) radio stations. BBC Radio One used to be on 275m and 285m (now occupied by Talk Radio). BBC Radio Manchester used to be on 206m, a little close for comfort on the dial beside Radio Luxembourg.

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Double decker bus in new Stagecoach livery, Trafford Centre

AI’s ‘Aye’ For The 111: Introducing Optibus

Stagecoach Group invests in AI based bus route planning tool

  • Investment will help plan the changes in travel coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • New AI platform Optibus will help improve service delivery and provide more efficient timetables;
  • State-of-the-art artificial intelligence, advanced algorithms and cloud computing used to make timetables smarter;
  • Major technological transformation will enable quicker roll-out of electric buses.
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