Tameside (Ashton-under-Lyne) Interchange Works: Temporary Stand Changes

Plans to move Tameside buses closer to trams now a step closer

Stagecoach Manchester MAN, MX54 LRV, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
From the 24 June 2018, Stand N will be no more. Therefore the 345 service (as seen above) will move to R stand on Gas Street, opposite the (now closed) rear entrance of Boots The Chemist.

As soon as the last bus leaves Ashton-under-Lyne bus station on Saturday 23 June 2018, Stands J to R will be closed to make way for Ashton Bus Station Mark IV.

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

June’s window on the shop windows

  • Mo’s life celebrated by community singing group;
  • The Cotton Bale reopens;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.
Trinity Street, Stalybridge (colour)
The Whit Walks on Trinity Street, Stalybridge.

Last month’s sunny weather brought a much needed smile to our faces, as seen in our picture of the Whit Walks in Stalybridge. On the flip side it has also been a time for reflection; not only for the 22 people who died in the Manchester Arena terror attack, but also a well known local figure.

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Saddleworth Rambler Rail Connection Commotion Solved

A Saddleworth Bus Service Changes Special

Earlier this week we looked at how bus and rail connections on the Saddleworth Rambler would be stymied by changes to its rail timetable.

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Skip-Stop Shake-Up Spells Shonky Saddleworth Rambler Rail Connections

Promising new shuttle service’s rail connections in tatters?

If you read our previous article on the forthcoming rail timetable, you may be wondering how this affects bus connections. Or rather, bus/rail connections with Saddleworth’s newest service.

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It’s Up the Poll! 2018: Tameside’s Local Election Results

East of the M60‘s look at 2018’s local election results

  • Business as usual in Tameside as Labour retains hold on borough;
  • National picture of UKIP vote going to Tories echoed in Tameside;
  • Stalybridge Town Party challenges main two parties in the town’s three wards.

If you followed the BBC’s Local Election coverage, you would have noticed how Labour’s results have been portrayed as a crushing defeat. Or at worst a stalemate, in spite of getting its highest number of councillors since 1971.¬†On the other hand, the Conservatives saw improved figures, due to the near collapse of UKIP. Continue reading “It’s Up the Poll! 2018: Tameside’s Local Election Results”

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

May’s window on the shop windows

  • Stalybridge grieves for well loved greengrocer;
  • Tameside at sharp end of latest bank closures;
  • Sainsburys swoop for ASDA;
  • Two new Micro Pubs;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne

Spring should be well and truly on its way. We should be thinking about better weather, cherry blossom. Sadly in the last month, there has been little to cheer about.

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Introducing the Saddleworth Rambler: Nexus Move’s New 356 Service

A look at Saddleworth’s exciting new shuttle service

On Monday 09 April 2018, Andy Buckley and David Littlewood opened another chapter in the history of Saddleworth bus operation. From the turning circle in Denshaw, David Littlewood was Nexus Move’s first passenger aboard the new 356 service to Uppermill and Greenfield. He was chauffeured to his destination by Andy Buckley in a silver 67-reg Volkswagen minibus.
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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, April 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

April’s window on the shop windows

Hyde, Ashton-Under-Lyne and Oldham
In about ten years time from Smabs Sputzer’s [2012] image, this scene will change dramatically. Since then, the TAC building has been demolished with its replacement due to be finished by the end of this year. Plus you can see Ashton’s IKEA store from the International Space Station.
  • Mettricks to leave Stalybridge;
  • State of local economy inspires aspirant councillors;
  • Claire’s Accessories, Bargain Booze and Select Fashion in trouble;
  • Prince of Orange’s transformation completed;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

We hope you have had a Happy Easter. Hopefully, whilst you are reading this, you would have polished off your chocolate eggs, ate the last slice of Simnel Cake, or seen the Manchester Derby fixture.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes Extra (Spring 2018)

Further bus service changes and retimings which affect Oldham and Saddleworth passengers

First Greater Manchester Mercedes Citaro, W349 RJA, Oldham bus station
A Mercedes Citaro on the 425 service to Fitton Hill, seen loading at Oldham bus station.

Since our little look at the future shape of Oldham’s and Saddleworth’s bus routes, a few more changes have been announced in the last fortnight. We now know more about the 59’s early morning journeys. Once again there are changes in store for the 408 route (no change there, then).

Like the Tameside and Glossop addendum, please treat this one as a companion to our more comprehensive bulletin (published on 07 March 2018).
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