Face Masks to be Made Compulsory on Public Transport

Face coverings compulsory from the 15 June in England If you haven’t already ordered a face mask or face covering like the genius behind East of the M60, now is the time to buy one. Especially so if you make your daily commute on public transport. In today’s COVID-19 statement from the Houses of Parliament,…

Bus and Coach Worker Support Day: Stagecoach Pays Tribute

Industry united in supporting Britain’s bus and coach workers On Tuesday, Stagecoach paid tribute to the country’s bus and coach workers, to mark Bus and Coach Worker Support Day. This recognises the thousands of people involved in keeping key bus services running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carry On Up The Fare Stage

An irreverent look at unusual places served by everyday bus routes 11: Cemetery Gates, 125: Doffcocker, 583: Dangerous Corner, 666: Hell… From our disjointed list seen above, could you guess which one of our four bus routes is actually a fictitious one? Well, you may surprised to find that the 11 is a fictitious route….

The Greatest Cover Versions by The Toy Dolls: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten “must-listen to” cover versions by Sunderland’s finest musical export Hagiographies of punk and new wave music in Northern England seldom breach the Standedge Tunnel’s Diggle end. Lazily, history tells us about the Buzzcocks, Joy Division, Slaughter and the Dogs, and the Sex Pistols’ gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall. Fewer column inches are devoted…

Is This The 346? The Not So Perfect Ten

Another ten 346 bus routes across the UK and overseas Before I begin, it has been a while since our last edition of The Not So Perfect Ten. It has been even longer since we did a Not So Perfect Ten based on a bus route number. The last was a countdown on the 409 service…

UK Motorway Wonders: The Not So Perfect Ten

A selection of wondrous sights on or seen from British motorways Let’s face it: a trip along any motorway can be boring at the best of times. Any sense of originality or quirkiness is eschewed in favour of the bland. The same sodium lights, speed gantries, and overpriced motorway services. If you look around, there…

Now You Know What I Did This Summer (2015 Edition)

Bus and light rail operations in Tynemouth and surrounding area Only last week, courtesy of National Holidays, I had the joy of a five day holiday in County Durham and Northumberland. This included excursions to Beamish Open Air Museum, Holy Island and the city of Durham. With most of the trips returning to our hotel for…

The North North of the Border: A New South Scotland?

A pipe dream or a possibility? Over the last week, most of the UK’s populace was agog at David Cameron clinching another term of office. That as part of a majority Conservative government, Britain’s first since April 1992. As well as apathy and the most partisan press campaign since Michael Foot was Labour leader, nationalism…

Hills and Mills 2015: The Fifth New Mills Beer Festival

Chalkers’ Snooker Club, Newtown, New Mills, Derbyshire, 10 – 11 April 2014. It’s that time of the year again. Now in to its fifth year is Hills and Mills, High Peak and North East Cheshire CAMRA’s beer festival. It has started to establish itself as a regular fixture in the real ale fanatic’s calendar.

At Your Inconvenience: A Random Selection of Lost Public Toilets

Alternate Title: ‘Cry, Little Cistern (from The Lost Bogs official soundtrack album)’ East of the M60 is privy to doing the odd unusual post. Though we have touched upon canine actors in Soapland and ticket machines, we can assure you that our latest one isn’t in this category. But it can be. Similarly, it isn’t.