How Stagecoach Manchester is Remembering the Fallen

Remembrance Sunday display to remember the 310 Manchester Corporation Tramways Department employees killed in action

  • Free bus travel for Armed Forces personnel on production of HM Forces ID card on Remembrance Sunday;
  • Stagecoach Manchester buses seen wearing poppies;
  • Activity supports the British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ campaign marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Stagecoach Manchester will pay tribute to past and present military personnel this Remembrance Sunday (Sunday 11th November). As part of a project initiated by retired Stagecoach Manchester bus driver, Martin Logan, the company will display Remembrance Crosses at each of its depots. There will also be remembrance crosses at the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport. All of which are to mark the Armistice Centenary.

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First Greater Manchester Set to Close Rusholme Depot

Cost-cutting measures will see South Manchester operations moved to Queens Road depot

Cross Connect: one of First Greater Manchester’s early attempts at trying to break into the lucrative South Manchester corridor.

Five years after purchasing the bus operations of Finglands Coachways, First Greater Manchester is set to rationalise its operations in South Manchester. As well as pulling out of the 42 route to East Didsbury, their Rusholme depot will be closed.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2018

School day times are back up town

Volvo B7TL X767 VUA, First Greater Manchester, Royton
Back to school: school days times will be reinstated on the 409 and other key routes in Oldham and Saddleworth.

For many Oldham and Saddleworth passengers, this autumn’s timetable changes affect seasonal timetables. Yes, as the nights get longer, the school day times are back on the agenda.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2018

Timetables revert to schoolday times

Stagecoach Manchester, Optare Solo PO56 RNY, Stalybridge
System Restore: timetables revert to pre-School Holiday times.

Throughout the borough, most of this autumn’s service changes entail the reversion of summer timetables to schooldays timetables. For once, a fairly quiet autumn.
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Saddleworth Scramble Raises £1,800 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Stagecoach Manchester staff scale Saddleworth peaks for charity

Chew Valley Reservoir Panorama
Chew Reservoir: part of a 25km hike taken by some of Stagecoach Manchester’s staff. This was photographed in 2011, over seven years before their walk.

The hills and valleys which frame the Saddleworth villages bring enjoyment to many walkers and (on Dovestone Reservoir) sailors. From Denshaw to Friezland its pubs fulfil a similar purpose with a wide selection of locally brewed real ales. Especially on the last weekend of August during the Rushcart Festival.

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Stagecoach Manchester’s Summer Sunday Fare Offer

Manchester to Ashton-under-Lyne, or Oldham to Hyde for just £2.00

Enviro400 MMC SN16 OUC, Stagecoach Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station
With a maximum fare of £2.00 on Summer Sundays, on Stagecoach’s Manchester routes, the company’s special offer would give the trains a run for their money.

Fancy a nice Summer Sunday on the bus? If you live in South Manchester, parts of Tameside, Stockport, and Wigan, Stagecoach Manchester have a splendid offer for you.

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Last Tiger in Paris: Greater Manchester’s Cross-Channel Links

Who remembers getting a coach from Manchester to Paris?

Cast your mind back to 1976. Many people associate the year with its long hot summer, hose pipe bans, and queueing outside stand pipes. For many readers of this blog, 2018 could have similar parallels to that year (weather and hose pipe bans alone). With the school holidays kicking in, why would you want to (or have wanted to in 1976) find the sun abroad?

42 years on, we think nothing of travelling abroad. Our soon-to-expire EU Membership has enabled us to travel to EU Member States at affordable prices. South of London St. Pancras station, getting a train to Paris is easier than catching a bus from Stalybridge to Marple (in 1976, no need to change buses thanks to the 389 route).

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Summer 2018

More summertime tweaks

  • Exactly what it says on the tin;
  • MCT Travel gains 418 from M Travel;
  • CityZap zapped.

Volvo B7TL X767 VUA, First Greater Manchester, Royton
The 409: one of a few First Greater Manchester services falling under the summertime timetables. This oldie, seen at Royton, was previously owned by First Bradford.

Once again the summertime changes are a quiet one for Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers. Apart from the usual adjusted summer times, there has only been four notable service changes.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Summer 2018

All the usual summertime tweaks

  • Waterton Lane link severed to improve reliability of 353 and 354 service;
  • Summertime bus times in operation on First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester routes;
  • Slight tweaks to some tendered services.

Stagecoach Manchester, Optare Solo PO56 RNY, Stalybridge
Retimed? the 340, alongside other Stagecoach journeys operated from Middleton depot, is down as retimed on the Stagecoach Manchester website. In fact, there are no differences to the timetable seen in TfGM’s Bus Guide on the 340 and 343 routes.

The summertime changes are usually quieter than the spring and autumn service changes. This summer’s no exception with the bulk of changes being the adoption of School Holiday Timetables.
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