All Aboard the Indie 500s

Six UK bus routes, one number, all independently owned

There are two reasons among others for this post. One is the fact this is East of the M60’s 500th post. Another, more to do with the timing of this post, is the blog’s sixth birthday. In its time it has ruffled the feathers of the odd bus enthusiast in its locality as well offered a range of historical (and sometimes hysterical) posts. Continue reading “All Aboard the Indie 500s”

400 Bus Returns to Oldham

But before you get too excited, kindly read on

Manchester Community Transport Mercedes BV10 KJY, Oldham Bus Station
‘That MCW Metrobus hasn’t half shrunk in the bus wash’ – and it would take a Doctor Who style regeneration for it to change livery as well! Today’s 400 has been allocated to Oldham’s Metroshuttle service, sponsored by TfGM and Oldham Council.

For the first time since September 2004, there will be a 400 service operating from Oldham. However, passengers anticipating the return of the Trans-Lancs Express service from Bolton to Stockport and Manchester Airport should consider themselves disappointed. Continue reading “400 Bus Returns to Oldham”

Aboard the Dovestones Hopper

East of the M60 on Saddleworth’s new park and ride service

Chew Valley Reservoir Panorama
One hour and five minutes later, my reward for scaling the steep Chew Road

This last weekend saw the introduction of DS1, Saddleworth’s new park and ride service linking Uppermill and Greenfield with Dovestone Reservoir. Luckily, its debut was blessed with good weather. I took advantage of this on Sunday, seeing it as an opportunity to explore Chew Valley and the reservoirs. Continue reading “Aboard the Dovestones Hopper”

Introducing the Dovestones Hopper

Summer weekend park and ride service relaunched

Dovestones Reservoir, Greenfield

Last year, Checkmate Coaches launched the DS1 and DS2 park and ride services from Uppermill to Dovestones Reservoir. Unfortunately for them, hardly anyone boarded the shuttle buses, despite being free of charge. By the end of its summer season, the Saddleworth Parish Council decided against funding this year’s shuttle. Continue reading “Introducing the Dovestones Hopper”