Go Cheapway to… Daisy Nook

Canals and countryside a short walk away from Oldham and Ashton

Sammy's Basin, where the Fairbottom Canal turned left to Park Bridge, with the right hand section leading to the Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne Canal in Droylsden.
Sammy’s Basin, where the Fairbottom Canal turned left to Park Bridge, with the right hand section leading to the Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne Canal in Droylsden.

I first knew about Daisy Nook in my formative years passing the place on countless occasions aboard the 409 service to Oldham. All I knew about was its rural nature, and that it has a canal along the park itself. Another thing I also knew about was its Easter funfairs. I had that pleasure myself back on a sunny Good Friday in 1984, when the 346 used to go to Droylsden via Littlemoss.

Today, it remains a popular spot for anglers, walkers, riders, picnickers and photographers, and it is accessible from Littlemoss, Hollinwood and Bardsley Brow. It is hard to imagine how in some people’s living memories how Daisy Nook was far from the semi-rural idyll it is now. Continue reading “Go Cheapway to… Daisy Nook”

Tameside Bus Service Changes, 27 October 2013: A Matter of Timing

Traffic conditions behind recent set of changes

  • Daytime retiming of Pioneer Depot Team’s 346 journeys;
  • Peak hour tweaks to 41 route;
  • Route changes to 353, 354, 387 and 396.
First Greater Manchester Dennis Dart SLF, Marshall bodywork, X785 HLR, outside Hyde bus station
Could common sense prevail? The Pioneer Depot Team will be retiming their 346’s daytime journeys from the 27 October. At present, bunching is a regular problem among Dukinfield passengers.

The modern day scourge of traffic congestion and residents parking their vehicles on the kerb are the main driver towards this autumn’s service changes. Throughout Tameside, most particularly Dukinfield and Ashton-under-Lyne, they mainly affect First Greater Manchester’s routes operated by the Pioneer Depot Team. Continue reading “Tameside Bus Service Changes, 27 October 2013: A Matter of Timing”