Social Distancing On The Buses, Greater Manchester Style

A look at how social distancing is being upheld on Greater Manchester’s bus routes Scene One: Gem Travel Luxton depot Stan Butler Junior has followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by working in the bus industry. He drives the 346 to Cemetery Gates, originally the 11 and 11A before National Bus Company took over Luxton and…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Measures: Changes to Greater Manchester Bus Services

Important information for bus passengers during the Coronavirus situation Due to concerns with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there will be a reduced service on Greater Manchester’s bus routes. Generally, the City Region’s bus operators will either run a Saturday service or an enhanced Sunday service. This is in line with new government advice around social…

Northern Nationalised: Franchise Transfers from Arriva Rail North to DfT

Northern franchise taken over by DfT as Operator of Last Resort from the 01 March After several rumours and persistent lobbying by Northern English political figures in the last six months, it was announced today that Arriva lost its Northern rail franchise. Under the Anglo-German company’s tenure, the rail franchise was dogged by poor service,…

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…

2017, In the Company of Buses

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

2016, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle If 2016’s transport scene was to be represented by two pieces of popular music, we opened with The Beatles’ Fixing A Hole and finished with Joe Jackson’s Steppin’ Out. The former, indicative of the A57(M)’s cavity; the latter, First Greater Manchester’s closure of…

2015, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle Only one word could sum up the state of Greater Manchester’s transport system over 2015: “holes”. For the second part of 2015, the sinkhole which has emerged on Mancunian Way, set to filled by Spring of 2016. For the first half, holes in…

The Road Least Travelled: The 535 to Winter Hill

Our look at a largely overlooked Bolton bus route Winter Hill. It is a place that conjures up images of local radio and television. It is the de facto County Top of Granadaland where Granada’s pictures could be picked up as far as North Wales and part of Staffordshire. It is also great for exploring Rivington Pike…

Long Distance Busabout: Essential Cross-Boundary Bus Routes

East of the M60 celebrates Catch The Bus Week Weather wise, the gods were smiling on this year’s Catch The Bus Week. As is customary on East of the M60, we make a point of celebrating this week by showcasing one or more bus routes. This year it is the turn of Greater Manchester’s cross-boundary routes.

2014, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle How would historians look at Greater Manchester’s transport system in 2014? The answer, could well have been from the front seat of a train. Or a train outside the evening peak. Or, it could have entailed a journey on one of Manchester’s…