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.

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…

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…

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 If you mention the 22 in relation to Greater Manchester bus routes, the first one that springs to mind is the long withdrawn route from Bolton to Stockport.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…

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…

Important Changes to Senior Citizens' Passes on 01 February

£10.00 per annum charge for unlimited off-peak tram and train travel in Greater Manchester If you are a passenger of pensionable age in Greater Manchester, there’s every chance you will be using your concessionary pass to access the City Region’s buses, trains and trams. In the weekends, you may be able to take a train,…

Greater Manchester Bus Fare Changes, January 2020

What’s going up, what’s staying the same, and what’s going down? This year’s bus fare changes could be fairly grim for some passengers, particularly those in North Manchester. The 02 January 2020 sees the expiration of the Diamond Bus North West/Go North West/First Greater Manchester ticket agreement. Instead of one FirstDay ticket for most of…

The Shape of Bus Fares Before and During Franchised Bus Operations

The state of Greater Manchester’s bus fares before and during franchised bus operations Greater Manchester has over thirty different bus operators. At present, this means over thirty different fare tables. Over sixty should you count half fares within the City Region. Once you get into cross-boundary operations, there are two or more sets of concessionary…

Charity Brass '19, Boarshurst Band Club, 29 December 2019

How a fundraising concert for the British Heart Foundation ended Boarshurst Band Club’s 2019 season in style In about three years from now, the end-of-year charity concert at Boarshurst Band Club could well be a regular fixture. For the second year running, a scratch band set up for charitable endeavour ended the concert season in…

In Greater Manchester, Why Isn't There A Bus From…?

East of the M60 looks at potential route corridors in Greater Manchester that are poorly served or unserved by existing bus routes Thanks to the machinations of deregulated bus operations, profitable areas may have seen some improvement in frequencies. Some, at the very least, have been cushioned from radical service changes. This has been at…