Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 28 April 2019

First dumps 149 and 415 services whilst Stalybridge lose post-7pm links with Oldham Stagecoach Manchester takes over 149 and 415 services’ daytime journeys; Post 7pm and Sunday 340 journeys withdrawn and replaced by two-hourly Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys of 343 route; Stalybridge loses post-7pm links with Oldham following cuts to 340 and 408 services;…

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 28 April 2019

First retreats from evening routes whilst Stalybridge sees post-7pm Oldham links severed Post 7pm and Sunday 340 journeys withdrawn and replaced by two-hourly Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys of 343 route; Stalybridge loses post-7pm links with Oldham following cuts to 340 and 408 services; Manchester Airport link curtailed; Plus the usual slight tweaks and tender…

Middleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 14 April 2019

Kevin Gibbs and Co. shine again with another fine concert How do they do it? With the same sort of precision you would expect from the Swiss railways instead of Northern’s trains, Kevin Gibbs and Company gave the good people of Saddleworth a superb concert. One with a thrilling number of pieces, including a cameo…

Crossing the South Pennines By Bus: A Lost Bus Routes Special

The threads left behind by Manchester’s lost bus links with Barnsley and Sheffield The 04 January 2020 will soon be a significant anniversary date in trans-Pennine transport history. That date will be the 50th anniversary of the cessation of passenger services along the Woodhead line. Had the Woodhead line stayed open today, the all-electric route…

Will You Meet the Fleet Elite?

Why Stagecoach Manchester’s drivers have led the way in a worldwide driving scheme If your usual bus happens to be the 330 to Stockport, their journeys on the 346 route or most Manchester to Ashton bound bus services, this fact might surprise you. Your bus to Hyde or Droylsden could be steered by some of…

Packed Pacer Problem Solved for 2019 Deadline

East of the M60 EXCLUSIVE: Nodding Donkeys become beautiful bi-modes with revolutionary technology 10-car Pacers set for DDA compliant overhaul; New breed of Nodding Donkeys go electric. Set to carry on for a longer period of time than the UK’s Brexit negotiations is the fate of Northern’s Pacer units. Due to disability legislation, the much-maligned…

Mass Brass 3: Saddleworth’s Brass Banding Bonanza

Why Dobcross Youth, Delph, Diggle, and Boarshurst Silver bands gave us 120 reasons to enjoy Saddleworth’s biggest night in brass band music At Saddleworth Civic Hall, brass banding nights seldom get any bigger than the annual Mass Brass concert in Uppermill. Apart from any of Saddleworth’s bands hiring The Roly Polys as a support act,…

Elland Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 24 March 2019

Elland Silver Band shine in sensational concert two weeks after Yorkshire Regional Finals Was it really six months ago when Elland Silver Band played their last gig at Boarshurst Band Club? Was the Yorkshire Regional Finals in Huddersfield really a fortnight ago? After preparing for the latter, Elland Silver Band gave us all a fantastic…