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…

Greater Manchester Bus Franchising: The Infographic

East of the M60‘s exclusive infographic on how bus franchising could take shape in Greater Manchester At this time of writing, we only have four days left of 2019. For the people of Greater Manchester, there is less than a fortnight to go till we hit the deadline for GMCA’s Bus Franchising Consultation. Outside London,…

North Manchester Bus Fare Changes: Why Three is a Tragic Number

First/Diamond/Go North West ticketing agreement ends in New Year For Greater Mancunian bus, train, and tram passengers, there is nothing peculiar about the 02 January 2020. As it is the first working day of 2020, it is at that point of the year when our bus, train and tram fares go up.

Bury and Rochdale Bus Service Changes, 27 October 2019

Special Report: Transdev’s radical renumbering of local buses in Bury and Rochdale Bury and Rochdale local services renumbered; Plus tweaks to other bus routes in Rochdale and Bury. For the first time in East of the M60‘s existence, we shall be looking at the service changes affecting Bury and Rochdale passengers. As many of our…

Bournemouth’s Bus Routes: Now You Know What I Did This Summer, 2019

This year’s instalment looks at the Dorset seaside town’s bus routes I have stayed in some seaside towns where most of the buses finish for 6pm, despite being as big as Ashton-under-Lyne. I have stayed in some places where a regular bus service is a daily return journey. This year, thanks to a fine Lancastrian…

Now You Know What I Did This Summer (2015 Edition)

Bus and light rail operations in Tynemouth and surrounding area Only last week, courtesy of National Holidays, I had the joy of a five day holiday in County Durham and Northumberland. This included excursions to Beamish Open Air Museum, Holy Island and the city of Durham. With most of the trips returning to our hotel for…

Great Olympians of our Time #14: JPT Travel’s P821 SGP

From Orpington to Shudehill Interchange We seem to have exhausted our stock of former London Volvo Olympians. On spotting this fellow outside Shudehill Interchange, I thought this vehicle’s previous owner was Yellow Buses of Bournemouth. Not so. P821 SGP came to JPT’s Joshua Lane garage via the North East. P821 SGP entered service in Christmas…

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 12 December 2011

12. A Go-Ahead Group Brighton and Hove Scania N94UD OmniDekka Brighton and Hove’s Scania OmniDekkas are a rare beast. This may look like a common and garden contemporary double decker as the devil in the detail is off camera. Most bus rear indicators only show the route number. Brighton and Hove’s vehicles have the full front…

Is This The 409? A Cloud of Nines

Ten 409 routes throughout the UK Some time ago on East of the M60, we went in search of 9 other 343 bus routes throughout the UK and compared them with the Hyde – Mossley – Oldham one which we know and love.

Now You Know What I Did This Summer…

Bus operations in Eastbourne and surrounding area Recently I was holidaying in the East Sussex seaside town of Eastbourne, staying for a week in The Queen’s Hotel (ideally placed for the pier and the town centre). The place is a short distance from Brighton and London, and has a regular rail service between the two…