Cuts Scene Investigation: The Devil in the Devolved Detail

Genuine constitutional reform or devolved spending cuts?

As predicted in yesterday’s entry, the Tax Credits U-Turn made the front pages of every English newspaper known to man. Unless you opened today’s copies of the Northern English newspapers, there was very little about devolution. Or at least, more specifically, the devolution of Business Rates.
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Cuts Scene Investigation: Your Right to Free Assembly

Dissecting the Trade Union Bill 2015 – 16

Trade Unions: what have they done for us? Over the last century, quite a lot. Without which, everybody would be working weekends. Discrimination in the workplace would be endemic. Paid holidays would be non-existent. People with disabilities would be deprived of suitable adjustments. Health and Safety, that would be non-existent. Continue reading “Cuts Scene Investigation: Your Right to Free Assembly”

Cuts Scene Investigation: Why Driver Only Operation Just Wouldn’t DOO

Future franchisees for Northern English rail franchises could ditch conductor guards.

Stalybridge Station, signal gantry
The recently opened eastern signal gantry at Stalybridge, viewed from the eastern end of the Manchester platforms.

Stakeholder Consultation: TransPennine Express Rail Franchise and Northern Rail Franchise (Rail North, June 2014)

The Department for Transport’s consultation on the future of Northern English railway services could see the successors of Northern Rail and First/Keolis Transpennine Express being forced to make cutbacks. Though amidst rising patronage, the DfT has suggested within its 86 page report: Continue reading “Cuts Scene Investigation: Why Driver Only Operation Just Wouldn’t DOO”

Cuts Scene Investigation: Greater Manchester’s Bus Network

East of the M60 on a possible gloomy outlook for Greater Manchester’s subsidised routes

Under Threat: Socially necessary services such as the 343 from Oldham to Hyde.

The last two years have been pretty good for Greater Manchester’s bus users. First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester have introduced new vehicles, either with electric-hybrid engines or free WiFi. Elsewhere, System One Travelcards have held the prices of their season tickets till April of this year. Patronage has increased; given the profit motive in today’s operations, it is most obviously trunk routes like the 330, 409 or 192 which have prospered. Continue reading “Cuts Scene Investigation: Greater Manchester’s Bus Network”

Like Crushing The Great Pyramids For Posh Hotels: Could the ConDems Close The World’s Oldest Railway Station?

A Cuts Scene Investigation Special: National Railway Museum, National Media Museum and Manchester Museum of Science and Industry to face closure or admission charges

NRM
Replica of Stephenson’s Rocket, outside the National Railway Museum, York. Photograph by Howard Longden (Creative Commons Attribution License-Some Rights Reserved)

The year is 2035. Manchester is connected to its recently opened High Speed Two line, which whisks Mancunians to the present day capital of the United Kingdom. It is possible to get a hourly HS2 service to London which takes 70 minutes. Elsewhere in the Greater Manchester City Region, it takes a similar amount of time to travel from Stockport to Ashton-under-Lyne by bus in the peaks on the 330 route. Continue reading “Like Crushing The Great Pyramids For Posh Hotels: Could the ConDems Close The World’s Oldest Railway Station?”