Double Delight for Stagecoach Manchester at 18th UK Bus Awards

Greater Manchester operator wins Best UK Operator and Best City Operator awards

Optare Solo MK59 BLU, Stagecoach Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Up to now, 2013 has been a memorable year for Stagecoach Manchester. Their recent acquisition of Bluebird Bus and Coach is illustrated by the treatment of this Optare Solo in their standard livery. This is seen at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station about to begin a journey on the 317 to Stockport. Quite a difference from its previous stamping ground in North Manchester.

The eighteenth UK Bus Awards was a memorable one for Stagecoach Manchester, who walked away with two awards at London’s prestigious Hilton Hotel [Park Lane] today. GMS Buses’ forerunners have already been commended and have won smaller awards in previous events. This time, they have picked up the highest honour in UK bus operation. Continue reading “Double Delight for Stagecoach Manchester at 18th UK Bus Awards”

Skeleton Service: A Special Hallowe’en Short Story

East of the M60’s first short story for All Hallow’s Eve

Any reference to persons, chocolate bars, ales, bus routes, public houses, living or dead are purely coincidental. Thank you.

Even in the wettest of days, The Bowling Green would attract a great many vertical alfresco drinkers, mainly of the smoking kind. Therefore, getting a seat in the public bar was less than troublesome, a contrast to the adjacent Ash Tree. It was this issue alone which influenced Robbie’s and Callum’s choice of pub that night. They had two pints of Carling each, and this was their last stop before boarding their 348 to Carrbrook. Continue reading “Skeleton Service: A Special Hallowe’en Short Story”

Non League Day, 07 September 2013: How Was It For You?

East of the M60’s review on yesterday’s football fandango

Main Stand, Glassworld Stadium, Histon FC, Cambridgeshire
That’s Histon FC’s ground again. (And the Stutes beat Workington 3-1 at home too).

It was a pretty good Non League Day for Greater Manchester’s sides yesterday. Both Ashton clubs recorded home wins with home defeats for Hyde FC, Stalybridge Celtic AFC and FC United of Manchester. Within the Bury Council boundaries there was one defeat and two draws in the Northern Premier League alone. Continue reading “Non League Day, 07 September 2013: How Was It For You?”

The Town That Time Forgot?

A gloriously opportunistic article on Stalybridge’s estranged relationship with clocks

Full marks to the people of Stalybridge for striking out against the town’s malfunctioning clock. As the clip from BBC Northwest Tonight shows, Stalybridge is in the midst of two timezones. One which is either 1055 or 2255, or 0155 or 1355. Therefore it gives the impression that one part of Stalybridge has left their digibox on pause at the fag end of Homes Under The Hammer, or is ten minutes through Doctors and have put the kettle on. Continue reading “The Town That Time Forgot?”

Like Crushing The Great Pyramids For Posh Hotels: Could the ConDems Close The World’s Oldest Railway Station?

A Cuts Scene Investigation Special: National Railway Museum, National Media Museum and Manchester Museum of Science and Industry to face closure or admission charges

Replica of Stephenson’s Rocket, outside the National Railway Museum, York. Photograph by Howard Longden (Creative Commons Attribution License-Some Rights Reserved)

The year is 2035. Manchester is connected to its recently opened High Speed Two line, which whisks Mancunians to the present day capital of the United Kingdom. It is possible to get a hourly HS2 service to London which takes 70 minutes. Elsewhere in the Greater Manchester City Region, it takes a similar amount of time to travel from Stockport to Ashton-under-Lyne by bus in the peaks on the 330 route. Continue reading “Like Crushing The Great Pyramids For Posh Hotels: Could the ConDems Close The World’s Oldest Railway Station?”

In Pictures: Whit Friday 2013

From Mossley to Uppermill and Greenfield, The Greatest Free Show on Earth in pictorial form

Through rain, Arctic winds and – on Friday night – in a big coat, East of the M60 celebrated Whit Friday in style. Several pints (well, 4.5 of them), a Pork Pie, two semi-rushed ham salad muffins, and a portion of Special Fried Rice with chips and curry later, here’s  the results… Continue reading “In Pictures: Whit Friday 2013”