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…

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…

Christmas Day On The Buses, Greater Manchester, 1986

Was 1986 the last year when Greater Manchester had an extensive bus network on Christmas Day? For many carless households, leaving the house on Christmas Day is nigh-on impossible. As a rule of thumb, it is assumed that many people spend Christmas Day at home. They are more likely to open presents, get entangled with…

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…

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, November 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows Crawshaw Group administration sees closure of Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde stores; Magpie’s Nest scoops Tameside Retailer of the Year award; Ex-Mettricks employee takes over Stalybridge butcher’s shop; Plus all the usual retail movements, as you would expect. Crawshaw Group enters administration In the last week we have heard about…

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, October 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

This October’s window on the shop windows Have your say on the future of Stalybridge town centre; Dukinfield’s Morrisons store refurbished and reopened; Poundstretcher to take on Poundworld Plus unit; All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area. Whilst Brexit and dancing Prime Ministers have dominated the news agenda, it has been all…

Silk Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 23 September 2018

Tony Wyatt and Co deliver another astounding concert With only a week to go till they enter the Bolsover Entertainment Contest, Silk Brass gave us all another great show. As with last year’s concert (exactly a year to the day at the time of writing), another well-bodied programme. Though lighter than last year’s concert, it…

Stalybridge Old Band: Your Band Needs You!

World’s oldest brass band could face extinction due to shortfall of players Present brass band down to just fourteen players; Open rehearsals to be held every Monday. Stalybridge Old Band are the World’s Oldest Brass Band. They have performed in the Peterloo Massacre, survived local government reorganisations, Thatcherism, and Michael Gove’s tenure as Education Secretary….

Why Redrock Stockport Deserves Its Carbuncle Cup Award

It may look great inside but the complex gives a poor outward approach to a great Cheshire town Before I start my architectural pontifications/criticism/rant, I shall own up to one thing: I have never been to Stockport’s Redrock complex. I have passed it on numerous occasions by train, by coach, and on the 330 bus…