Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 27 January 2019

Hyde gains enhanced South Manchester links at Ashton’s expense

  • 168 rerouted and renumbered as 150;
  • Boosted 7 and 230 services bridge gap left by 168’s withdrawal;
  • 217 service rerouted via Ashton Old Road;
  • Plus the usual slight tweaks.

If you live in the Stagecoach part of Tameside, our borough is at the sharp end of their latest changes. Most of the changes concern timetable retimings whereas the biggest change affects their East Manchester routes. By contrast, only one First Greater Manchester route has been affected by this month’s service changes.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, January 2019: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Ashton parking peeves attract attention of Angela Rayner;
  • Tameside One set to open this month;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements, our first summary for 2019.

RingGo no-no ire continues

If you wish to look at the bigger picture outside our borough, Christmas 2018 has been a pretty grim one for bricks and mortar retailers. Firstly, we have heard of HMV entering liquidation again. Secondly, Mothercare is continuing to shed stores with its Denton Crown Point North branch up for the chopping list. On the 03 January, Next’s modest rise in bricks and mortar sales was outstripped by a rise in online sales – 15% over 1.5% for High Street figures.

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Parking the Bus: Bus Routes That Share Numbers with Football Formations: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ever wondered which Greater Manchester bus routes share or shared their number with a football formation?

For many people, New Year’s Day isn’t only about giving up smoking, going on a diet, or alcohol abstinence. January sees the start of a 31-part soap opera known as The Transfer Window. Yes, it is that time of the year which leads to Transfer Deadline Day. The climax which sees Barclays Premier League and English Football League players change hands for silly money.

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Parking peeves put paid to takings and footfall in Ashton;
  • Tameside’s Christmas countdown;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements, with a holly leaf on top

Stamford Street’s state-of-the-art parking peeves

Dominating the local headlines over the last month is Tameside MBC’s state-of-the-art parking system in Ashton-under-Lyne. Since the start of this month, drivers wishing to park on Stamford Street Central have been compelled to pay for their parking by telephone. Drivers may pay for their parking space by SMS text message, telephone, or a smartphone app.

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

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Crawshaw Group administration sees closure of Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde stores;
  • Magpie’s Nest scoops Tameside Retailer of the Year award;
  • Ex-Mettricks employee takes over Stalybridge butcher’s shop;
  • Plus all the usual retail movements, as you would expect.
Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November 2018: in just over a week’s time, the people of Tameside will be paying their respects to the fallen. As usual, parades will take place at most parts of the borough. Image of Hurst Cemetery memorial by Ian Roberts, 2008 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

Crawshaw Group enters administration

In the last week we have heard about the Crawshaw Group going into administration. The butchery chain, which has branches in Northern England and the Midlands, recently expanded by adding Gabbot’s Farm to its portfolio. This September they agreed a deal with wholesale grocers Blakemore, adding Crawshaws products to Spar shops across the UK.

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

This October’s window on the shop windows

  • Have your say on the future of Stalybridge town centre;
  • Dukinfield’s Morrisons store refurbished and reopened;
  • Poundstretcher to take on Poundworld Plus unit;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.
Stalybridge Farmers' Market, Armentieres Square: the sweet stall
Are you happy with the Sunday farmers’ market, or do you wish to have an Altrincham-style food market in the Victoria Market Hall? Find out more during Saturday’s consultation event.

Whilst Brexit and dancing Prime Ministers have dominated the news agenda, it has been all go in the Tameside retail scene.

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

This September’s window on the shop windows

  • Sound investment for Stalybridge music school;
  • End of an era for the former Roe Cross Inn;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

Gay Pride Weekend, Ashton Market style.
Gay Pride Weekend, Ashton Market style: photographed the same weekend as Manchester’s Mardi Gras.

August is traditionally associated with holidays and exam results. For some people a quiet time, part of a lull before the run-up to Christmas. In the sunshine, it has been anything but quiet in the Tameside area.

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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2018

Timetables revert to schoolday times

Stagecoach Manchester, Optare Solo PO56 RNY, Stalybridge
System Restore: timetables revert to pre-School Holiday times.

Throughout the borough, most of this autumn’s service changes entail the reversion of summer timetables to schooldays timetables. For once, a fairly quiet autumn.
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Farewell to Chris’s Café: The Ashton Review of Shops Extra

Chris and Costa leave Ashton-under-Lyne after nearly 40 years

After 39 years of trading, Chris’s Café closed its door on the 04 August 2018. Situated on Bow Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, the café was a popular haunt with many shoppers. Its position opposite the open market was good for passing trade.

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