Almost Everything you need to know about Stalybridge bus station
Stalybridge bus station is a modest, unstaffed bus station with a single island platform. It has four stands and lacks layover facilities. You may argue that the town has two bus stations because of its four stops on Armentieres Square. In recent times, the stops on Armentieres Square have increased in their importance.
Britain’s most iconic bus stations – past and present
In the great scheme of things, architectural critics look at structures like Egypt’s Great Pyramids, St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, and the vertical skyline of New York City. Sports venues around the world are revered for their iconic status due to famous victories or unique atmosphere. To get to any of these places may require a bus or two. (Well, other private or public modes of transport are available).
The pitfalls of dining Al Volvo, plus ten useful tips
Eating and drinking on the bus is a thing that many of us do out of necessity. This is usually due to time constraints (being unable to stop off at a pub or café en route) or financial reasons (being unable to afford a pub or café) as well as hunger. Most of the time, eating on the bus might entail anything from the odd chocolate bar to a packed lunch. Continue reading “Duffers’ Guide to Bus Operations #12: Eating on the Bus”→
A pint before the last bus: what is there not to like? All the better if our desired public house is a short stagger from our bus stop or favoured bus stand.
The history of public houses dovetails with the development of modern day bus operations. Stagecoaches used to call at coaching inns and roadside pubs. On a long journey, for example Manchester to London each coaching inn would constitute a stage where passengers stayed overnight prior to embarking on their next leg. In later years, some of the coaching inns would remain stops on modern-day bus routes. For example, the Old General on the corner of Crescent Road and Astley Street with the 346. Continue reading “Two Pints of Jaipur and a 346, Please…: The Top Beer Not So Perfect Ten”→
Changes to Sunday and Evening stands at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
In the last 15 months, Ashton-under-Lyne’s Sunday and evening bus services have used different stands to their weekday equivalents. This practice, first enacted in the late 1990s to improve personal security was scrapped in October 2012, only to return on the 11 November 2012.
From the 26 January 2014, all Sunday and evening journeys will operate from the same stands as their weekday and Saturday equivalents. For example, the 216 which uses G Stand on Sundays and evenings, will use L Stand. This change doesn’t apply to most services using A to G stands seven days a week, such as the Ashton Circulars [331 – 333], 346 and 350 services. For obvious reasons, this doesn’t affect services without Sunday, evening and Bank Holiday journeys.
Chances are the change of stands on Sundays and evening journeys may have confused passengers who travel by bus less frequently, hence the reversion.
Survey sees 84% satisfaction, though room for improvement is required
Out of a survey conducted by Passenger Focus involving 664 bus users in the Transport for Greater Manchester area, 84% of them were either ‘very satisfied’ or ‘fairly satisfied’ with their journeys. Though the figures may be encouraging for TfGM and Greater Manchester’s bus operators, there is still room for improvement, particularly in customer service and value for money. The average satisfaction rate among PTE areas is 85%, with TfGM boundary bus users amassing a slightly lower than average score. Continue reading “Praise For Bus Routes By Greater Manchester Bus Users”→