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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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”

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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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, January 2017

Winter changes dominated by Stagecoach retimings

  • Cuts to night buses on 201 and 216 routes;
  • Reductions to some peak hour journeys;
  • First and Stagecoach retimings.
Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400, MX07 HLZ, outside Dukinfield Town Hall
The 330: one of a handful of Stagecoach routes being retimed.

True to form, the late January changes for 2017 are another lull before April’s storm. The bulk of this year’s first changes are retimings on Stagecoach Manchester’s part. Some of which entail the withdrawal of some journeys, mainly outside the peaks in the small hours or before the witching hour.
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First Greater Manchester’s Digital Fare Freeze

Fares held for smartphone users but on-bus prices rise

First Greater Manchester Alexander Dennis ALX400, YJ51 RCX, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

First, the bad news. Bus fares are going up again on First Greater Manchester’s routes. To soften the blow, passengers from the 02 January 2017 can pay last year’s fares if they download a smartphone app. Which is good if you have a Windows Phone, iOS, or Android device. Continue reading “First Greater Manchester’s Digital Fare Freeze”

2016, In the Company of Buses

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

Taking ad-Vantage of the sunshine in Leigh, Lancashire.
The biggest bus related event of 2016 was the arrival of Leigh Guided Busway, as illustrated by the V1 service seen at Leigh bus station.

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 its Bury and Dukinfield garages.
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Christmas 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017 Bus Services in Tameside

Christmas and New Year service information for bus users in Tameside and surrounding area

It's Christmas time
Image: ‘It’s Christmas Time’ by Anna & Michal. (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

Ladies and gentlemen, as sure as eggs are eggs, and as unsure as Brexit is Brexit, it is that time of the year. With Christmas drawing near, here is the lowdown on our Yuletide buses within the Tameside area. Continue reading “Christmas 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017 Bus Services in Tameside”

FirstGroup to Close Dukinfield and Bury Depots

Operations could be shared with Oldham and Queens Road depots

First Greater Manchester Alexander Dennis ALX400, YJ51 RCX, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

On this blog and in Passenger Transport magazine, it was announced in late June that FirstGroup were going to close one Greater Manchester depot. East of the M60 suggested that Dukinfield, Bury, and (to some extent) Oldham garages would have been in the firing line.
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