An Accidental Circumnavigation: South Lancashire by Bus, 03 January 2017

The World’s Our Bus Stop: 2017 Edition

Some of the best laid plans are never planned at all. Some of them are made on the hoof, or they just fall into place. Serendipity and spontaneity can make for the greatest of journeys as we lose ourselves in another town, village, open space, or on a bus you never thought of catching.

My first circumnavigation of 2017 was a classic example. I left Chez Vall thinking “my first work day of 2017”. So I caught the 220 to Stalybridge bus station for the 0746 train to Salford Central. Continue reading “An Accidental Circumnavigation: South Lancashire by Bus, 03 January 2017”

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, April 2017

FirstGroup reorganisation and tender changes behind latest updates 

Enviro200 Stagecoach Manchester HH56 BLU, Oldham
Back on the Denshaw route: Stagecoach Manchester have regained the 407 service at the expense of Rosso – though with a reduced timetable. This image taken in 2015 shows one of their buses on a Bank Holiday Monday journey.

This month will see a few tender changes, albeit with some drastic cuts to their journeys. The already bricked-to-the-point-of-uselessness 408 service will take a battering for one. As for wanting a late night pint at The Fleece Inn in Mossley, you can forget that unless the 350 bus or County Cars forms part of your plans.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, April 2017

Subtle changes but Stalybridge and Dukinfield passengers at sharpest end of two major changes

  • Minimal changes to First services, in spite of depot closure;
  • Cuts to evening journeys of 340 service;
  • 169 service curtailed on weekdays and Saturdays;
  • First and Stagecoach retimings.
Dennis Dart SLF, WA56 OAY, First Greater Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station,
First Greater Manchester’s journeys of the 346 service, unaffected by the latest service changes.

For passengers within the Tameside and Glossop area, the biggest story behind this month’s service changes is the closure of Dukinfield garage. It has been stated that any changes to First Greater Manchester routes would be negligible.
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Sinatra Fan Retires After 42 Years in Bus Industry

John Kevill hangs up clipboard after 42 years in the bus industry

John Kevill.
Yes, he did it his way: Driving Examiner John Kevill, retiring from Stagecoach Manchester on the 31 March. Image courtesy of Tangerine PR Ltd, 2017.

After 42 years of working for Greater Manchester Transport and its successors, John Kevill is hanging up his clipboard for good. For drivers who began their career on the Hyde Road skid pan or the Bennett Street training centre, Mr. Kevill is a familiar face.
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Bus Chief Among Top 50 Most Powerful Northern Women

Stagecoach Manchester MD Elizabeth Tasker makes list for role in mainly male dominated industry

Elizabeth Tasker, MD Stagecoach Manchester
Driving force: Elisabeth Tasker, Managing Director, Stagecoach Manchester. Image courtesy of Tangerine PR Limited, 2017.

With yesterday (08 March) being International Womens’ Day, we at East of the M60 has learned of one notable inclusion. That of Stagecoach Manchester’s Elisabeth Tasker. She was named on the Top 50 list at the 2017 Northern Power Awards in Manchester on Tuesday night (07 March).
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Stagecoach Manchester Goes Contactless

Greater Manchester bus passengers able to pay for singles and day rovers using contactless cards

Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester’s MD seen at Hyde Road depot launching the company’s contactless payment option.

From the start of this month, Stagecoach Manchester passengers now have access to contactless payment methods. In line with Greater London operations and Stagecoach South East’s Little & Often network, they will be the first bus operator to offer this facility in Greater Manchester. Continue reading “Stagecoach Manchester Goes Contactless”

Stagecoach’s Little & Often: A Bee Line Buzz for the 21st Century?

Stagecoach South East’s revival of high frequency minibuses

This time thirty years ago, the word on the streets of Wythenshawe, Dukinfield and Stockport were high frequency minibuses. In particular, Carlyle bodied minibuses with a yellow, black and red livery sporting a vinyl bee. Or the Ivecos and Fords of GM Buses’ Little Gem services. Continue reading “Stagecoach’s Little & Often: A Bee Line Buzz for the 21st Century?”

The 29 Which Clocked Up 797 Years

Labour MP honours longstanding Stagecoach Manchester employees

Long service awards, 2017.
797 Not Out: This year’s recipients of Stagecoach Manchester’s Long Service Awards. Image courtesy of Tangerine PR Ltd., 2017.

29 members of staff have been thanked for notching up a splendid 797 years of service in the bus industry, at Stagecoach Manchester’s annual Long Service Awards.

As usual, the company’s long service awards recognise employees who have worked with Stagecoach Manchester and its predecessors for 20 years or more. Particular commendation went to Peter Sumner and driver, John Ward. Both employees have worked for 45 years. Back then, Sunglow Orange and the Lazy S of SELNEC was all the rage.
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Tameside and Saddleworth Bus Changes Extra, Winter 2017

Changes to South Pennine Community Transport and Tameside Local Link services

South Pennine Community Transport, GK52 OLA, Renault Master/Rohill Harrier, High Street, Uppermill
South Pennine Community Transport’s then newly formed 352 service outside The Commercial Hotel, Uppermill.

Since our Tameside and Saddleworth area bus service changes articles went to press, here’s news of a couple of changes that have escaped our radar.
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