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…

FirstGroup Restructuring Update: New Bolton Depot Location

Residual Bolton operations to move to Blue Bus garage Though there are eleven days to go till Diamond Bus North West takes over First Greater Manchester’s Bolton depot, some of Bolton’s First routes will be operated by First after the 11 August 2019. These concern evening journeys on the 2 and 68 routes and the…

FirstGroup Restructuring: Sale of Bolton Depot to Rotala

Reorganisation of First Greater Manchester to leave Oldham as its only depot In the continuing saga of First Greater Manchester’s contraction, FirstGroup have announced the sale of their Bolton depot to Rotala plc. The transfer of its Weston Street garage, over 500 staff and 18 bus routes is expected to be completed within months.

Go-Goodwins Sell Buses to Rotala

Eccles based bus and coach company sells bus routes for a million With effect from the 31 August this year, Go Goodwins will transfer its bus operations to Rotala. The Eccles-based company, noted for its coach operations, expanded its stage carriage operations in 2009. Their growth came via winning GMPTE/TfGM tendered services, mainly in and…

Green Triangle Joins the Rotala Club

Lancashire operator joins bus owning group   Another chapter in the history of South Lancs Travel was written today as Green Triangle Buses changed ownership for the second time in three years.

Preston Bus Station Now Grade II Listed Building

Victory for Bus and Architecture Geeks Euston Arch of the Motorway Age saved from possible demolition Cllr Rankin: ‘Very disappointing but not altogether unexpected’ If you’ve spent the best part of your formative years en route to Blackpool or Morecambe, there’s every chance you would have come across what was Britain’s biggest bus station. For…

The Joy of 600s: A Not So Perfect Ten Special

East of the M60’s 600th post Where did the time go? Did I used to have a life before I began blogging? To be honest I still do (how on earth do I manage to write the other 599 posts). Right, that’s enough of the histrionics, time to go back on track… *    …

Great Olympians of our Time #1: Preston Bus A33 MRN

Our first Olympian of our special round-up Our first vehicle is A33 MRN, a long wheelbase version of the commonplace Eastern Coach Works bodied versions. The lucky recipient of this vehicle was the County Borough of Preston’s transport department. It entered service in Leyland’s demonstration livery and briefly saw service for Blackburn with Darwen Council’s…

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 22 December 2011

22. A Preston Bus Eastern Coach Works bodied Leyland Olympian Over the last 30 years, the Leyland Olympian has proved to be one of Leyland’s most enduring double decker vehicles. With the prototype originally conceived and built in Bristol (as a replacement for the Bristol VR), independent companies, PTE operators and the National Bus Company…