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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In Pictures: The Last Days of Mercedes Citaro Operation in Tameside and Oldham

A fond farewell to First Greater Manchester’s longest serving single decker buses

Today [31 March 2018] marked the end of an era in First Greater Manchester’s 22-year history of bus operation. Their Mercedes Citaro single decker buses have been retired from revenue earning service. A popular sight in mainland Europe, the Mercedes Citaro bus has had a mixed reaction on these shores. They are seen as the bus equivalent of the ‘Burning Bush’ valve radio due to their combustibility.

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The Ray Mill Fire: How Stagecoach Manchester Drivers Kept Manchester Moving

How 63 drivers responded to the Ray Mill fire in Stalybridge

Stagecoach Manchester MAN, MX54 LRV, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Business as usual: thanks to 63 quick-thinking drivers, emergency plans to keep Tameside and East Manchester moving saw minimal disruption to Stagecoach Manchester services.

Last Saturday night/Sunday morning, a huge fire engulfed Ray Mill on Tame Street, Stalybridge. Built in 1907 it was seen for miles around from many a passing train, numerous 343 buses, and local hills. Like its long demolished sister mill, Victor Mill, it was one of Courtauld’s Stalybridge cotton mills.

Before Saturday night, Ray Mill was home to a number of small businesses. There was also an highly acclaimed dance studio. It was also one of the last mills in Stalybridge to cease cotton spinning. Previous occupants had included the double glazing company Warmshield.

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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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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes Extra (Spring 2018)

Further changes to Tameside and Glossop’s bus network

Four In A Row, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station
A row of MCT Travel buses seen in front of a Stagecoach Manchester single decker.

In the last fortnight, further changes have been announced for Tameside’s bus network by First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester. Many of which are minor retimings to existing timetables. To get the full benefit of this post, please treat this as a companion of our more comprehensive bulletin that we published on Wednesday 07 March 2018.
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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Spring 2018

Changes to Saddleworth routes see new shuttle service

  • New Saddleworth service to make up for lost Denshaw connections;
  • Farewell to the 82 night bus.
Stotts Tours, Dennis Dart SLF LJ56 ONK, Yorkshire Street, Oldham
Business as usual: Oldham escapes the worst of this spring’s service changes.

For once, Oldham passengers can sleep soundly with this spring’s changes. With the exception of Saddleworth’s bus routes, there will be some slight changes and operator revisions.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Spring 2018

MCT Travel bags six tendered services

  • First cuts 350 daytime frequency by 20%;
  • New Saddleworth service to make up for lost Denshaw connections;
  • Changes to 237 night bus journey.
MCT Travel, Enviro200 MX12 DZF, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Your new face on the 1951 to Glossop: MCT Travel will be operating evening journeys on the 237 service.

In The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot said that April was the cruellest month. With bus service changes this remains the same throughout Greater Manchester. Amid the 33 services that have been affected by the post-Easter changes, Bolton, Wigan, and South Manchester passengers have been at the sharpest end. This time, Tameside based bus passengers have come off lightly with this spring’s changes being nothing on those made in April 2015.
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Calling All Wannabe Engineers: Stagecoach Manchester Wants Apprentices

Stagecoach uses National Apprenticeship Week to launch apprenticeships for 2018 intake

Meet Lucy Clarke: Lucy is a Second Year Apprentice with Stagecoach Manchester. She prefers ‘on-the-job’ training to classroom based learning. In future years, Ms. Clarke could follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester’s present Managing Director.

For 2018’s National Apprenticeship Week (5th – 9th March), Stagecoach Manchester is calling for budding engineers to apply for a place on this year’s apprenticeship scheme. The company is offering places on its Engineering Apprenticeship programme at each of its six Manchester depots in Middleton, Ashton, Hyde Road, Stockport, Sharston and Wigan.

The course begins in September each year and applications are now being accepted up until the 30 March 2018.

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One Thousand Years On The Buses

Stagecoach Manchester staff recognised for a thousand years combined service in the bus industry

Thirty-five members of staff at Stagecoach Manchester were recognised for their dedication at the 2017 Long Service Awards. Each of them, having worked for Stagecoach and its predecessors for 20 years or more, have clocked up a total of 1,033 years of service. Back in 986, Dino would have had to pay full fare. Fred and Wilma, back in the day, were so frustrated with the LIII to Belle Vue that they bought their own set of wheels.

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