Full Size Automated Bus Begins Depot Trials

Stagecoach Manchester tests the world’s first autonomous bus at Sharston depot For several years, Greater Manchester has been at the forefront of revolutionary developments in passenger transport. Almost 50 years ago, the Chloride battery bus – an all battery powered single decker bus – led to today’s electric vehicles. Yesterday, as seen on North West…

40 Years a Red: Lifelong United Fan Crowned Super Supporter

Why Jimmy Langland was crowned Greater Manchester’s Super Supporter in a recent competition If you watched Manchester United’s last minute display against Paris St Germain on Wednesday, you might still be buzzing from Marcus Rashford’s penalty. There’s every chance this gentleman might have taken a modest journey across the English Channel for this spectacle.

Coming to Greater Manchester: 60 All-Electric Buses

TfGM, Stagecoach, First, and MCT Travel gain funding under Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme TfGM wins funding for 23 all-electric vehicles with 3 going to MCT Travel and 12 to First Greater Manchester; Stagecoach Manchester wins £6.9m support funding for 32 zero emissions buses and associated infrastructure; One of Europe’s biggest green e-bus fleets to…

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 and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 27 January 2019

Hyde gains enhanced South Manchester links at Ashton’s expense 168 rerouted and renumbered as 150; Boosted 7 and 230 services bridge gap left by 168’s withdrawal; 217 service rerouted via Ashton Old Road; Plus the usual slight tweaks. If you live in the Stagecoach part of Tameside, our borough is at the sharp end of…

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,…

North West Bus Operators’ Success in UK Bus Awards

Stagecoach Manchester clinches Bronze and Silver Awards Last week’s UK Bus Awards ceremony turned out to be a good one for North West bus operators. Holding on to their Top Three position as the Top City Bus Operator is Stagecoach Manchester. They picked up the bronze award in this year’s UK Bus Awards 2018. The…

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…

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Winter 2018

Hallowe’en horrors await Oldham bus passengers Sweeping changes made to 74 and 76 routes’ evening journeys; 415 slashed from half hourly to once hourly; Cuts made to 24 route. Whereas Tameside bus passengers got off lightly with this month’s service changes, the same couldn’t have been said with our friends in Oldham and Saddleworth.