One Thousand Years On The Buses

Stagecoach Manchester staff recognised for a thousand years combined service in the bus industry

Thirty-five members of staff at Stagecoach Manchester were recognised for their dedication at the 2017 Long Service Awards. Each of them, having worked for Stagecoach and its predecessors for 20 years or more, have clocked up a total of 1,033 years of service. Back in 986, Dino would have had to pay full fare. Fred and Wilma, back in the day, were so frustrated with the LIII to Belle Vue that they bought their own set of wheels.

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What’s Eating Into Greater Manchester’s Bus Network?

Why has Greater Manchester’s bus patronage fallen by 15 million since 2014? East of the M60 wonders why we’re all missing the bus

“The Free Market Experiment” – officially known as The Transport Act 1985 – stated that competition would benefit all bus passengers. This was based on the precedent set by The Transport Act 1980. By the end of that year, the state-owned National Bus Company would see competition from private coach operators. The launch of British Coachways, a private sector consortium, would introduce more choice and competition for passengers. Within two years, National Express saw off the British Coachways consortium with its fares and integrated network.

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Stalybridge Station: The Pride of Cheshire

Stalybridge station beats Crewe, Manchester Airport, and Chester railway stations in awards ceremony

Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar
The iconic Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar, as seen in January 2013.

A week after Stalybridge Celtic clocked up their first away win of the season (versus Alsager Town in the Cheshire Senior Cup), another Stalybridge institution enjoyed some success. One that is used by a million passengers a year.

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Deepcar Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Treacherous weather fails to dampen spirits in a most memorable concert

The journey to Sheffield from Saddleworth can be an epic trek on the sunniest of days. When you add snow to the mix it becomes a nightmare. Slush and/or ice can test the driver’s patience on the Isle of Skye Road into Holmfirth. Last night, Deepcar Brass Band gave us a concert to remember in more ways than one.

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Denton Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (February 2018)

Hats off to Jim Hunter and Co. in a jolly good show

Denton Brass marked the shortest and most important month of the brass banding calendar with a highly entertaining concert. With a traditional yet accessible programme, Jim Hunter guided the Boarshurst faithful on a journey that took in London’s West End and Australia. Within a tight two-hour programme. Along the way, our tour began at a castle immortalised by the late Goff Richards. We even found time to call in the British Legion club for a farewell pint.

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If Greater Manchester Transport Did Aeroplanes…

Could we have seen a GMT liveried Concorde flying over Concord Way?

The Greater Manchester Museum of Transport in Cheetham is a wonderful tourist attraction. Besides its collection of buses, bus stop flags, and other artefacts, it has an excellent café. The museum really comes alive on special event weekends – such as the Christmas Cracker or commemorative events. For many people, it is well known for the Trans-Lancs Transport Show which takes place on Heaton Park, on the first Sunday in September.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, February 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

Our second window on the shop windows for 2018, and it doesn’t make for good reading in parts

Bargain Buys, Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne
A soggy Ashton-under-Lyne in January 2015, taken with a budget priced digital camera (of 1999 vintage).
  • More store closures;
  • Stalybridge to lose branch of Yorkshire Building Society;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

2018 is only 34 days old and has up to now been dominated by store closures and bank closures. Two of which in Stalybridge, one to follow in Denton, and one in Ashton-under-Lyne. A leading chain store is set to move out of town.

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Boarshurst Silver Band’s 2018 Season of Sunday Brass Concerts

A look at this year’s exciting programme of Sunday Brass concerts at the Boarshurst Band Club

Boarshurst Silver Band’s programme of Sunday Brass concerts got off to a good start on the 21 January. This year’s season of concerts was opened by Greenalls Brass Band, an Ashton-in-Makerfield based band on the up. With Musical Director Philip Boardman, they gave us a well balanced concert with a lively programme. Continue reading “Boarshurst Silver Band’s 2018 Season of Sunday Brass Concerts”

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, January 2018

Retiming for FirstGroup routes and a Rosso retreat

First Greater Manchester Mercedes Citaro, W349 RJA, Oldham bus station
Most of First Greater Manchester’s timing changes will be seen on their trunk routes from Oldham and Saddleworth to Manchester. No changes are planned for the 425 service – timetables or new vehicles.

Whereas only three of FirstGroup’s Tameside routes have seen subtle changes, less subtle changes will be made to Oldham’s routes. Particularly on Manchester bound routes including the 180 and 182. The 181/182 services to Manchester will be at the sharpest end of their changes.
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