2017, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

First Greater Manchester Mercedes Citaro, W366 RJA, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
One of the biggest bus related events in Greater Manchester was the closure of First Greater Manchester’s Bury and Dukinfield depots. With Tameside’s routes served by Oldham depot, Mercedes Citaros have returned to the scene.

If 2016 was eventful, 2017 was even more eventful to the power of five. Testing our city region’s bus operators, rail franchisees, and the Metrolink was the terror attack at Manchester Arena. Greater Manchester also gained a newly elected mayor, and powers to reregulate its own buses. Also a new stretch of railway line.
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Tameside’s and Glossop’s Retail Highlights: Small Business Saturday 2017

02 December 2017, from a local shop near you, throughout the United Kingdom

For many people, taking a trip to the supermarket or retail park is the easy option. Choosing to stay at home and shop online is another. If you choose the aforementioned options, they make for a dull experience. The internet is a boom when you need to buy certain items but there’s no scope for impulse purchases. Continue reading “Tameside’s and Glossop’s Retail Highlights: Small Business Saturday 2017”

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Winter 2017

It’s oh so quiet… for once

  • Change of operator for 341 service;
  • First, Stagecoach, and High Peak retimings.
Enviro400 MMC SN16 OUC, Stagecoach Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station
The 216 service: unchanged in this season’s retimings.

Between the 29 October 2017 and the 28 January 2018, there will be few service changes in Tameside and Glossop. Of those affected by the Winter 2017 changes, High Peak bore the brunt. Retiming forms the bulk of this season’s round up.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2017

School day timetables restored plus some changes to Stalybridge routes

Enviro400 MMC SN16 OUC, Stagecoach Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station
Back to normal: the 216 route, outside Ashton bus station.
  • First Greater Manchester withdraws Stalybridge journeys on 408 route;
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys of 353 and 354 withdrawn and replaced by new 355 service;
  • Plus the usual minor changes, and details of services reverting to school day timetables.

This Autumn’s set of changes make for mixed reading in the borough. Unless you live in Stalybridge or the Roughtown area of Mossley. Both areas are at the sharpest end of cuts to tendered and commercial services from the 03 September.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Summer 2017

Summertime timetables and a subtle service review

Enviro400 MMC SN16 OUC, Stagecoach Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station
The normal bus of choice on the 216 route, outside Ashton bus station.

For the first time in a good while, we have little to say about this summer’s set of service changes. All but one set of service changes entail the Summer timetables.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, April 2017

Subtle changes but Stalybridge and Dukinfield passengers at sharpest end of two major changes

  • Minimal changes to First services, in spite of depot closure;
  • Cuts to evening journeys of 340 service;
  • 169 service curtailed on weekdays and Saturdays;
  • First and Stagecoach retimings.
Dennis Dart SLF, WA56 OAY, First Greater Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station,
First Greater Manchester’s journeys of the 346 service, unaffected by the latest service changes.

For passengers within the Tameside and Glossop area, the biggest story behind this month’s service changes is the closure of Dukinfield garage. It has been stated that any changes to First Greater Manchester routes would be negligible.
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Tameside and Saddleworth Bus Changes Extra, Winter 2017

Changes to South Pennine Community Transport and Tameside Local Link services

South Pennine Community Transport, GK52 OLA, Renault Master/Rohill Harrier, High Street, Uppermill
South Pennine Community Transport’s then newly formed 352 service outside The Commercial Hotel, Uppermill.

Since our Tameside and Saddleworth area bus service changes articles went to press, here’s news of a couple of changes that have escaped our radar.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, January 2017

Winter changes dominated by Stagecoach retimings

  • Cuts to night buses on 201 and 216 routes;
  • Reductions to some peak hour journeys;
  • First and Stagecoach retimings.
Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400, MX07 HLZ, outside Dukinfield Town Hall
The 330: one of a handful of Stagecoach routes being retimed.

True to form, the late January changes for 2017 are another lull before April’s storm. The bulk of this year’s first changes are retimings on Stagecoach Manchester’s part. Some of which entail the withdrawal of some journeys, mainly outside the peaks in the small hours or before the witching hour.
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2016, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

Taking ad-Vantage of the sunshine in Leigh, Lancashire.
The biggest bus related event of 2016 was the arrival of Leigh Guided Busway, as illustrated by the V1 service seen at Leigh bus station.

If 2016’s transport scene was to be represented by two pieces of popular music, we opened with The Beatles’ Fixing A Hole and finished with Joe Jackson’s Steppin’ Out. The former, indicative of the A57(M)’s cavity; the latter, First Greater Manchester’s closure of its Bury and Dukinfield garages.
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