Our Network: Tameside’s Future Transport Network in Greater Manchester

Why Andy Burnham has moved one step closer to bus franchising and how this affects Tameside Greater Manchester is one step closer to seeing off Nicholas Ridley’s free market experiment. A free market experiment that has seen a 45% drop in bus patronage in Greater Manchester. An experiment which has seen swingeing cuts to the…

In Pictures: Highlights of the Stalybridge Whit Walks, 2019

Stalybridge’s Whit Walks, 09 June 2019 Predictably, Stalybridge’s Whit Walks were affected by the grey weather with most of the showers coming at 2pm. Though higher than Dukinfield’s turnout, there were still fewer onlookers compared with last year. Needless to say, the changeable weather might have put a few people off.

In Pictures: Highlights of the Dukinfield Whit Walks, 2019

Dukinfield’s Whit Walks, 09 June 2019 On the 09 June, some of Dukinfield’s churches upheld the tradition of Whit Walking. With June often regarded as a warm month, the weather that Sunday was changeable. At 10am, the blue skies promised some decent weather. By 11am, they turned into a dingy grey.

Sale Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 26 May 2019

A Bank Holiday weekend bonanza of a concert In the last eighteen months, we have seen how Sale Brass have grown as a band. A lot of it has been due to the hard work of John Anderson. Early last year they clinched a Second Place sectional prize at the Butlins Mineworkers’ contest in Skegness….

It’s Up the Poll! 2019: Tameside’s Local Election Results

East of the M60‘s look at 2019’s local election results Lee Huntbach becomes Tameside’s first ever Green Party councillor; Shibley Alam gains Hyde Werneth seat from Conservatives – with a slender majority of five; So near yet so far for Stalybridge Town Party candidates; Plus details of the Mossley Town Council parish election results. In…

It’s Up the Poll! 2019: Tameside’s Local Elections

East of the M60‘s preview of 2019’s local elections Yes, folks, it is that time again: local election time. At this time of writing, one of two elections taking place this month. The other elections are the European Elections which the Tories have tried to wriggle out of due to their Brexit negotiations.

The X30 Factor: Stagecoach Manchester’s New Express Service

Ever wondered what became of the 330’s Manchester Airport link? That section has been spun off as a separate service. After the 27 April 2019, the Tameside area will once again be without a direct bus to Manchester Airport. As a consequence, the 330 will revert to being an Ashton – Hyde – Stockport route….

Crewe Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 21 April 2019

Matt Pithers’ promising Boarshurst debut sees satisfying programme Crewe is very much a child of railway mania. The Victorian times saw the once pastoral part of Cheshire become a hub for inter-city trains to most parts of the United Kingdom. Though Birmingham New Street has stolen its thunder in terms of passenger traffic, Crewe station…

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 28 April 2019

First retreats from evening routes whilst Stalybridge sees post-7pm Oldham links severed Post 7pm and Sunday 340 journeys withdrawn and replaced by two-hourly Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys of 343 route; Stalybridge loses post-7pm links with Oldham following cuts to 340 and 408 services; Manchester Airport link curtailed; Plus the usual slight tweaks and tender…

Crossing the South Pennines By Bus: A Lost Bus Routes Special

The threads left behind by Manchester’s lost bus links with Barnsley and Sheffield The 04 January 2020 will soon be a significant anniversary date in trans-Pennine transport history. That date will be the 50th anniversary of the cessation of passenger services along the Woodhead line. Had the Woodhead line stayed open today, the all-electric route…