Introducing the 305: Denton’s Dane Bank Route

East of the M60 looks at North Western’s new 305 route, set to begin operation soon

Stagecoach didn’t renege on its decision to change its 205 route. As of next week, its terminus will revert to being at Dane Bank, after a brief spell of terminating its Piccadilly Gardens route at Crown Point. You could be forgiven for thinking that Denton’s West End would be cut off from its own town centre. This would have ended the story and got the good people of Dane Bank changing at Debdale Park just to get to their own town centre for the first time since 1984.

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In Pictures: A Sneak Peek of Ashton-under-Lyne Interchange

A look at Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station Mark 4

From the 30 August 2020, the fourth (and smartest) version of Ashton-under-Lyne bus station will be taking its first passengers. Earlier today [23 August], it was open to let passengers familiarise themselves with the surroundings and, most importantly, stand positions. With the wet weather, it proved its worth with some passers-by who sheltered from the rain.

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Optare Solo, Stagecoach Greater Manchester, MX58 HCK

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 30 August 2020

Bank Holiday changes see last minute reprieve for Dane Bank – Denton link

  • 204, 206 and 207 replaced by new 202 service;
  • New Denton – Dane Bank link created – thanks to local campaign;
  • 7 split into three variants (7, 7A and 7B);
  • 205 reverts to being Dane Bank – Piccadilly Gardens bus route;
  • Cuts to Saturday journeys on 350 route;
  • Change of operator and route for 236 service;
  • Plus all the usual minor changes.

Just to make things a little confusing, this year’s Autumn changes will be implemented on the eve of August Bank Holiday. In the past decade, the August changes have taken place on the Sunday after August Bank Holiday, giving some Bank Holiday travellers a week’s grace.

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Diamond Bus North West Optare Solo, KX11 EER, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station (Mark III).

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 26 July 2020

Diamond diversion sees 217 route extended to Wythenshawe Hospital

  • Tameside gains direct bus link with Manchester Royal Infirmary and Wythenshawe Hospital;
  • Stagecoach takes over evening journeys of Stockport – Ashton 7 route.

For the first time in over a decade, there will be no summertime retiming changes for Greater Manchester’s principal bus routes. Since 2008, Stagecoach and FirstGroup have changed their times to allow for lower traffic levels in the school holidays. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, no such changes were necessary.

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The Clippercard Makes a Comeback!

Clipper ticket resurrects spirit of the Clippercard on Metrolink trams

The Clippercard is dead… long live the Clippercard! Well, that’s how we may have reported on the self-cancelling ticket’s demise if East of the M60 was around in 2004. Years after the original ticket’s demise, Greater Manchester Transport’s ten-trips-for-the-price-of-nine tickets still carry fond memories. You might have travelled with a Clippercard by fair means (with a black plastic wallet) or foul (by boarding and passing the card on to your friend).

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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, 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).

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Lockdown Tram Changes: Improved Frequencies But Early Finish Remains

Metrolink trams with social distancing measures in place to run every 12 minutes

From the 26 May (a date that many Manchester United fans will have fond memories of), Metrolink trams will see improved frequencies. Since the imposition of lockdown measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, frequencies were cut to every 20 minutes due to lack of funding. For evening journeys, this also meant an early finish.

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Stagecoach Manchester Enviro200, SN67 WVJ, Stockport bus station

Social Distancing On The Buses, Greater Manchester Style

A look at how social distancing is being upheld on Greater Manchester’s bus routes

Scene One: Gem Travel Luxton depot

Stan Butler Junior has followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by working in the bus industry. He drives the 346 to Cemetery Gates, originally the 11 and 11A before National Bus Company took over Luxton and District. After privatisation, it became part of the Molesway Group, which became part of Easyway in 1995. In 1998, Easyway Luxton was sold to its management before falling into Gem Travel’s hands in 2007.

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MCT Travel Enviro200, MX12 DZE, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 19 April 2020

The latest, more permanent (?) service charges in Tameside and Glossop

  • Demise of MCT Travel operations sees Stagecoach gains;
  • Withdrawal of 387 route sees severance of north-south connections with Stalybridge – and direct route with Hattersley;
  • Super-size 356 given go-ahead.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be forgiven for thinking “Not again” with timetable changes being on a near-weekly basis. This round-up looks at the more lasting service changes that would affect Tameside’s bus users for the foreseeable future.

Please note that the following changes will be effective from the 19 April, in spite of lockdown. Therefore temporary timetables will be in operation, even with newly tendered routes.

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Stagecoach Manchester Enviro200 MX11 HHC, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

Stagecoach Greater Manchester’s Quality Partnership Gamble

Could £142m ten-year partnership proposal be a last gasp attempt to derail bus franchising in Greater Manchester?

With only weeks to go till Andy Burnham makes his decision on the future of Greater Manchester’s bus network, Stagecoach Greater Manchester have come up with proposals for a £142 million partnership scheme. Published today, the City Region’s biggest bus operator has suggested a plan where Stagecoach Greater Manchester’s profits could be shared with Transport for Greater Manchester.

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