Northern and Merseyrail Electrics Rail Strike Update: Three January Dates

News of the latest Arriva Rail North and Merseyrail Electrics strike dates

Following on from last year’s strikes, the first normal working week of 2018 will see three rail strikes in Northern England. As well as Northern’s dispute, Merseyrail Electrics staff will also be striking on the same days.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, January 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

Our first window on the shop windows for 2018

Ashton Outdoor Market, night time view

  • Happy New Year from the Ashton Review of Shops;
  • Crafty Pint opens in time for Christmas;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

We at East of the M60 would like to wish all readers a Happy New Year. Whether you read EM60 for the Ashton Review of Shops or our other articles, hello there. If you fancy keeping up to date with our posts, why not give our Facebook page a ‘Like’? (We know you want to).

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Women Into Transport Set to Challenge Male Dominated Industry

Stagecoach Manchester leads charge to get more women into transport industry.

For well over a century, the bus industry has been a male dominated one. Men have driven buses, designed the things, and managed bus undertakings. It is worth noting that a brother, husband and sister formed one of the world’s largest transport operators. The one that accounts for a 100 million bus journeys in Greater Manchester alone.

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Greater Manchester Bus, Train, and Tram Fare Updates 2018

A look at Greater Manchester’s fare changes

Almex M canceller (ClipperCard)

It’s that time again. Next to the obligatory Bond film, the 12 days of Christmas also covers another custom: fare increases. With (in England at least) the 02 January 2018 being the next ‘normal day’ after New Year’s Day, our bus, train and tram fares will be rising.

In Greater Manchester, Stagecoach Manchester and First Greater Manchester will be raising its single fares, season tickets and day rovers. For the first time since January 2014, fares will be rising on Metrolink trams, by an average of 5.93%. On average, train fares will be going up by 3.4%. Continue reading “Greater Manchester Bus, Train, and Tram Fare Updates 2018”

2017, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

First Greater Manchester Mercedes Citaro, W366 RJA, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
One of the biggest bus related events in Greater Manchester was the closure of First Greater Manchester’s Bury and Dukinfield depots. With Tameside’s routes served by Oldham depot, Mercedes Citaros have returned to the scene.

If 2016 was eventful, 2017 was even more eventful to the power of five. Testing our city region’s bus operators, rail franchisees, and the Metrolink was the terror attack at Manchester Arena. Greater Manchester also gained a newly elected mayor, and powers to reregulate its own buses. Also a new stretch of railway line.
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Merry Christmas and a Peaceful 2018 from East of the M60

A Christmas Card for all our readers

Here we go again, another eight days left of 2017 to enjoy. You know what that means: turkey, tinsel. If you can find anything on the ol’ telebox this Yuletide, good luck to you! O.K., forget that line: there seems to a few festive goodies across the channels. New Year’s Day 2018 will see the ITV Network Premiere of Spectre, the latest James Bond film. Continue reading “Merry Christmas and a Peaceful 2018 from East of the M60”

(The Board) Games People Play: #24, Dial Away

A board game that was made for you-oo…?

Monday 17 January 1983

I returned home from my paper round to find something strange. My mother didn’t have the radio tuned into Piccadilly Radio for Pete Baker’s show. Instead she was watching television, at 7.30 am. 7.30 am? Who in the right mind would have the telly on this early? Little did I know she was witnessing television history in the making. That of Selina Scott and Frank Bough on BBC Breakfast Time.

“What’s going on?” I thought “Soon they’ll be doing 24 hour television next”, which means no more closedowns. Ten minutes later, before I got my bus to Mossley Hollins, I asked my mum if I could ring Tricia to tell her about Breakfast Time. She refused.

10.30 pm: at 7.00 pm, I found the Tom Jones special a good excuse for doing my Geography homework. Going through the radio stations, I came across this song: it was Phone Home by Jonny Chingas. Obviously released to cash in with ET but a cool tune nonetheless.

In 1983, the soon-to-be-privatised British Telecommunications released a telephone themed board game.

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(The Board) Games People Play: #23, Offshore Oil Strike

The fun of drilling your way to millions in an obscure board game

Sunday 16 January 1983

Gawd, I hate Sundays. Such a boring day, apart from one thing: homework, bathtime, and bed before school on a Mondays. The only interesting diversion I had was this weird dream last night. I dreamt that oil had been found in Mossley. I imagined Hartshead Pike forming part of a drilling platform with roustabouts calling in The Colliers Arms for a quick pint.

Perhaps it must have been that BP advert I saw halfway through Metal Mickey. The one which looked like a knock-off of Star Wars or The War of the Worlds.

Back in the early 1970s, North Sea Oil was seen as a salvation for our moribund economy. As was joining the European Economic Community in 1973. Coincidentally this was the year when an oil themed board game hit the toy shops.

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(The Board) Games People Play: #22, Master Mind

“Your specialised subject…” 1970s board games

Saturday 15 January 2017

Till I discovered the joys of the Lilywhites, I had never heard of Goole. For an aspiring musician like me, this is no good. Especially when you’re visiting obscure pubs in and around Yorkshire in a Transit van across the Woodhead Pass. Shortly after my paper round, I had a quick wash, got changed, then made my way to Seel Park for the supporters’ coach. Three hours or so later, we arrived at the Victoria Pleasure Ground.

Pleasure Ground was stretching the term: ‘where were the roller coasters and log flumes?’ I thought. It is just a bog standard Northern Premier League ground with a view of the town’s water tower. A one all draw was a far from a roller coasting performance. So, back to Seel Park on Wednesday night.

If he took the train, James South could have played this board game on a table seat.

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