South Pennine Goes Contactless!

South Pennine Community Transport introduces contactless payments on the 29 April 2019 On both sides of the Pennines, Arriva, Stagecoach, and FirstGroup have introduced contactless payments on their buses. Instead of fumbling for change, they offer casual passengers another way to pay for their bus fares. So far, smaller independent operators have begun to add…

Carry On Up The Fare Stage

An irreverent look at unusual places served by everyday bus routes 11: Cemetery Gates, 125: Doffcocker, 583: Dangerous Corner, 666: Hell… From our disjointed list seen above, could you guess which one of our four bus routes is actually a fictitious one? Well, you may surprised to find that the 11 is a fictitious route….

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 28 April 2019

First dumps 149 and 415 services whilst Stalybridge lose post-7pm links with Oldham Stagecoach Manchester takes over 149 and 415 services’ daytime journeys; Post 7pm and Sunday 340 journeys withdrawn and replaced by two-hourly Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys of 343 route; Stalybridge loses post-7pm links with Oldham following cuts to 340 and 408 services;…

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 28 April 2019

First retreats from evening routes whilst Stalybridge sees post-7pm Oldham links severed Post 7pm and Sunday 340 journeys withdrawn and replaced by two-hourly Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys of 343 route; Stalybridge loses post-7pm links with Oldham following cuts to 340 and 408 services; Manchester Airport link curtailed; Plus the usual slight tweaks and tender…

Crossing the South Pennines By Bus: A Lost Bus Routes Special

The threads left behind by Manchester’s lost bus links with Barnsley and Sheffield The 04 January 2020 will soon be a significant anniversary date in trans-Pennine transport history. That date will be the 50th anniversary of the cessation of passenger services along the Woodhead line. Had the Woodhead line stayed open today, the all-electric route…

Go-Ahead Given Go Ahead for First’s Manchester Operations

FirstGroup agree to £11.17m sale of Queens Road depot to The Go-Ahead Group In a few months time, the sight of a First Greater Manchester bus on the 53 service will be a thing of the past. As seen on both First Greater Manchester’s and The Go-Ahead Group’s websites, First Greater Manchester’s Queens Road depot will change hands for £11.17…

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 27 January 2019

A low key affair – unless you want to visit Foxdenton Hall and Gardens from Middleton 415 rerouted during daytimes; All the usual timetable tweaks. In a marked contrast to the forthcoming changes facing Tameside bus passengers, this month’s set of changes is a quiet one for Oldham bus passengers. For some passengers, retimings are the…

Tameside’s Christmas and New Year Day’s Bus Service Updates

Details of Christmas and New Year’s Day bus services in Tameside and surrounding area for 2018/19 With only days to go till Christmas Day, it is that time again on East of the M60. It’s our look at what we are about to receive bus-wise over the yuletide period. In a nutshell, that means no…

Fifty Years a Bus Man: the Stagecoach Driver Recognised For Long Service

Stockport driver clocks up half a century behind the wheel Between 1968 and 2018, the bus industry has changed beyond recognition. In place of public sector operators, private sector giants have taken over many of Britain’s bus services. One-man operation is something we take for granted nowadays.

Wheelie-Good Mobile Grotto Brings Christmas Cheer

How a converted Volvo B10M bus has brought festive joy to Manchester hospitals, as a mobile grotto Christmas is never a good time to be poorly, and being in hospital over The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a pretty grim spectacle. Even worse when you’re young. Thanks to a converted Volvo B10M bus,…

When Manchester Corporation and SELNEC Delivered Parcels

Did you know that Manchester Corporation and its successors used to offer parcel delivery services? Today’s shoppers have a plethora of parcel companies at their disposal. In addition to Royal Mail plc, the likes of DPD, Amazon, Hermes and TNT compete for each customer. Parcels can also be retrieved from lockers in urban centres or…