East of the M60’s 2021 Advent Calendar looks at an East London town noted for A Clockwork Orange
For every Hale and Saddleworth, there’s a Lower Broughton and West Gorton. In London, its equivalents of the posh, slightly posh, deprived and rough as a badger’s behind places are Chelsea, Barnet, Thamesmead and Brixton.
Britain’s most iconic bus stations – past and present
In the great scheme of things, architectural critics look at structures like Egypt’s Great Pyramids, St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, and the vertical skyline of New York City. Sports venues around the world are revered for their iconic status due to famous victories or unique atmosphere. To get to any of these places may require a bus or two. (Well, other private or public modes of transport are available).
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, Transport Minister Grant Shapps stated that all public transport users in England will have to wear a face covering. He also stated that the face covering could also be purchased or made at home. (Some posh folk like this gentleman could go for a custom-made one, manufactured in the UK by Contrado).
If you have any sense at this moment in time, the answer should be ‘No’
The list of places associated with disreputable goings-on with present and previous Conservative governments have grown in the last five years. There are now enough places to muster a Best of British coach tour. Till last week, we had a suitable coach operator with the hotels and pick up points to pitch a possible inclusive tour.
The cheap yet slow way of getting from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to London
Road and rail competition, whether private car versus train or scheduled coach versus train is far from new. The private car was, and remains, a threat to the viability of any communal transport options due to its convenience and perceived economy. The opening of the M1 and M6 motorways was also attractive for coach operators as well as motorists.
Two employees also nominated in nationwide awards ceremony
In less than a month’s time, the cream of Britain’s bus industry will be celebrated at this year’s UK Bus Awards. Taking place on the 20 November, at The Troxy Cinema in London, this ceremony recognises bus people and bus operators from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
If you are a child of the 1970s or 1980s (the latter like yours truly), an ITV weekend schedule without an LWT programme would have been unusual. For many, Play Your Cards Right on a Friday night, Blind Date on a Saturday, and Surprise Surprise! on a Sunday night, was appointment to view television.
How East of the M60 thinks a Transport for London style One Hour Hopper could work in the Greater Manchester City Region
Travelling in and around Greater Manchester by bus can be a patchy experience, with new buses on trunk routes, and pensionable buses away from key routes. As well as commercially-funded projects and the Vantage services along the Leigh Guided Busway, there is little sense of continuity. Apart from multi-operator tickets, the network is fragmented with, for example, First Greater Manchester having a fiefdom in Oldham. Likewise with Stagecoach Manchester dominating South Manchester and Stockport. Continue reading “One Hour Hopper Fares: How Greater Manchester Could Benefit”→
Moovit users in 22 countries and 131 cities set to benefit from new addition to app
In the last year, one private hire company more than anything has never been out of the press. Whether for good or bad reasons, Uber has been uttered on many a taxi or minicab themed discussion. In the last six months, Greater Manchester has seen its Uber footprint extend eastwards, towards most of the Tameside area. For many, it is a cheaper alternative to established minicab and Hackney Carriage operators. Continue reading “Moovit Uber Allies: Private Hire Service Integrated Into App”→
Our tribute to the man who revolutionised modern bus operation
Cast your mind back to 1968: Greater Manchester’s bus network was on the verge of radical change. In a year’s time, the greens and creams of Salford Corporation and SHMD Joint Board, and the reds and creams of Manchester and Stockport corporations’ undertakings would be replaced by SELNEC’s neutral livery. Its 3 million inhabitants would soon receive modern buses in an orange and white livery. Continue reading “Ralph Bennett: His Life in the Company of Buses”→