One Answer to the Million Pound Question: the Stalybridge Heritage Walk

A possible approach to the Stalybridge Heritage Walk In our previous article entitled The Million Pound Question: Stalybridge’s Historical Quarter, we looked at the story behind Tameside MBC’s successful bid. We also looked at how the heritage walk should form part of a greater scheme. In other words, how the Heritage Walk should be accompanied…

The Million Pound Question: Stalybridge’s Historical Quarter

Could the town’s rich history be a panacea for economic growth? Stalybridge has a proud history. In spite of losing its town hall and the conversion of its market hall to a civic hall, there is still a lot to like about the Cheshire town. Especially Cheetham’s Park and the town centre’s equivalent of The…

The View from Ridge Hill – Part Two: Our Town, Our Way

The concluding part of our series on the state of Stalybridge Friday 20 September 2014, Westminster. A typical work day, but a seminal moment North and South of the Border. A sigh of relief for the Coalition Government and Labour as the break up of the UK was postponed. In a referendum the previous Thursday, Scotland voted against independence…

The View from Ridge Hill – Part One: Whose Town Is It Anyway?

A two part series on the state of Stalybridge   Monday 16 March, Stalybridge town centre. A typical work day, not that you were able to tell unless you went to the town’s Tesco store. Melbourne Street and Grosvenor Street, its main shopping streets: a place where the tumbleweed jumped ship years ago.

The State of (Retail) Independence: Celebrating Small Business Saturday

06 December 2014, from a local shop near you, throughout the United Kingdom Once upon a time, some five decades ago perhaps, there was no such thing as hulking supermarkets. Anything of comparable size to today’s traffic-thronged boxes would be the market hall of a major town or city such as Bolton, Ashton-under-Lyne, Leeds, Huddersfield or…

Countdown to Black Monday, 08 September 2014: Your Questions Answered

Everything you need to know about changes to evening peak fares this coming month On hearing about the changes covered in our previous article, we at East of the M60 were aggrieved to say the least. Incensed because of the effects it would have on casual travellers. Fuming over this sanction being the most retrograde rail…

DfT Imposes Evening Peak Restrictions on Northern Rail Users

Price of a cheap day trip set to double in September Evening Ranger tickets face abolition; Blow for Northern English nighttime economy; Changes set to boost Metrolink patronage and increase road congestion. From the 08 September, the price of a short train journey between 4.00 to 6.30pm is set to double on weekdays. Passengers wishing to travel by…

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

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

A Crossrail for the North? Time to Be Bold

HS3 in any form may be good for Northern England, but the basics need to sorted out first. Rail patronage is booming throughout the UK, in spite of repeated stories about rising fares and substandard rolling stock. Northern England, where the terms of Northern Rail’s original franchise stymied any growth forecast, has seen record rises…

HS3 from Manchester to Leeds? How About Holyhead to Hull?

Manchester to Leeds high speed route plans lack ambition, leaving out some of the other Northern Powerhouses. Gideon can do fantasy, but he’s not the only dreamer. Having seen many a transport plan fall by the wayside, I still hope for better things for Northern England’s rail users. In the same way avid England fans…

Gideon’s HS3 Plans? More Like HS2.5

Manchester to Leeds high speed route good in principle, but worthy of expansion. So, two cheers for George Osborne’s announcement, ironically made in one of three Northern English museums slated for closure last June. Firstly, I agree with the case for faster speeds on Trans-Pennine railway service. Secondly, this could mean some newer trains over…