Droylsden Library, Alan Murray-Rust (2013)

Droylsden Library Move Back On Track

Brownfield funding source sees return of plans to move Droylsden library to Guardsmen Tony Downes House

Back in 2015, Tameside MBC began a consultation to move Droylsden Library from its existing premises to the ground floor of Guardsmen Tony Downes House. As I attended a creative writing group there (and fell in love with the library), I chose to fill in the consultation.

What I loved about Droylsden’s library was its inter-war modernist exterior. I loved the airiness at street level and the non-fiction section and study area lower down. What I was less impressed with (by 2015 standards) was its approach to all parts of the library for wheelchair users. The lift to its three floors is only suitable for carrying books instead of readers.

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Scoreboard End, Old Trafford

Old Trafford Match Bus Reinstated

Temporary restoration of 255F route in time for Manchester United versus Aston Villa

Though players and managers may come and go, the same can seldom be said with bus routes. On Sunday, the 255F match bus from Piccadilly Gardens to Old Trafford will be reinstated on a trial basis.

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JPT Takeover Given Green Light

Stagecoach acquisition cleared by Competition and Markets Authority

JPT Travel Enviro300, ST59 JPT, Ashton-under-Lyne
Gone: JPT Travel, now absorbed by Stagecoach Manchester.

JPT Travel after 40 years of operation is of today, no more. The former independent operator’s takeover was confirmed yesterday by the Competition and Markets Authority. Continue reading “JPT Takeover Given Green Light”

Go Cheapway… to Reddish

A trip to the Lancashire industrial town

For the first time in several months, I managed to look around somewhere within my own parliamentary constituency. Which in my case is the one represented by Andrew Gwynne, and the most southern extremity of the Denton and Reddish seat. Continue reading “Go Cheapway… to Reddish”

JPT Back on Track: Business As Usual

Services set to operate as normal again

JPT Travel Enviro300, ST59 JPT, Ashton-under-Lyne
JPT Travel’s 217 service in its present form seen at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station.

The latest news in relation to JPT Travel is that it will be business as usual. The Middleton operator advised Transport for Greater Manchester that they will continue to run its tendered and commercial services, in spite of rumours of its demise.

Therefore, the latest news may come as a relief for regular passengers who use their services around North Manchester, Oldham and Tameside. We hope something positive arises in the long term.

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+++ Update, 18 April 2014 (Good Friday) +++

Here’s a small selection of pictures from today’s operations:

JPT Travel, S156 KNK, Church Street, Manchester
Volvo Olympian S156 KNK, seen on the 118 service to North Manchester General Hospital on Church Street, Manchester.

JPT Travel Optare Excel, V387 KVY, Shudehill Interchange
About to leave for Heaton Park is V387 KVY, an Optare Excel seen at Shudehill Interchange.

JPT Travel Plaxton Primo, YX60 DWZ, Shudehill Interchange
Seen laying over at Shudehill Interchange is a more modern constituent of JPT Travel’s fleet, which is YX60 DWZ, a Plaxton Primo.

S.V., 18 April 2014.

JPT RIP: Family Firm Acquired by Stagecoach Manchester

End of an era for family firm

JPT Travel Enviro300, ST59 JPT, Ashton-under-Lyne
Going: JPT Travel and the 217 service in its present form seen at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station.

Over a year since Bluebird Bus and Coach’s acquisition by Stagecoach Manchester, another Middleton company has ceased operations. JPT Travel, family run since 1974, will be taken over by Stagecoach Manchester tomorrow morning. This will be the second Middleton bus operator to have been taken over by the Perthshire transport giant. Continue reading “JPT RIP: Family Firm Acquired by Stagecoach Manchester”

Go Cheapway to… The Greater Manchester Museum of Transport

Exploring Greater Manchester’s transport history on a budget

Leyland Olympian NJA 568W, Greater Manchester Transport, Museum of Transport, Cheetham
Not to be missed: The Greater Manchester Museum of Transport is worth visiting from time to time, not only for new additions to its collection. On special event days, local preservation groups such as the SELNEC Preservation Society and private owners display their vehicles.

My first visit to this museum was on the Palm Sunday of 1986 with my father. We decided – rather wrong-headedly – to walk to and from the museum. On alighting our 220 bus at Victoria Station, we made the mistake of walking up Rochdale Road. In spite of the longer route which entailed turning left onto Queens Road, I still managed to catch a glimpse of the Red Bank carriage sidings. Continue reading “Go Cheapway to… The Greater Manchester Museum of Transport”

In Praise of Withington Baths

East of the M60 on the swimming baths’ proposed closure and replacement

My old swimming baths
Doomed: Withington Baths. Also the place where the creator of East of the M60 went for his swimming lessons whilst at the (now closed) Ewing School.

Whilst I attended Ewing School, I used to dread Tuesday mornings, so much so that I called that day of the week ‘Tragic Tuesday’. At 1000, each morning, a Smiths Shearings coach would ferry us to Withington Baths. We would then spend the best part of an hour there: stronger swimmers went to Pool Number 1, and not so stronger swimmers would go to Pool Number 2. I was firmly in the latter category as my coordination was substandard. Continue reading “In Praise of Withington Baths”

Metrolink Set to Reach Droylsden in February 2013

At last!

Oldham Mumps Metrolink station and Flexity Swift M5000 3017
A Juicy Flexity Swift M5000 tram pictured at Oldham Mumps, coming to Droylsden sometime next year. No, really…

Droylsdonians have had their fill of bad news this year. Therefore, East of the M60 has the great pleasure of announcing some good news. Continue reading “Metrolink Set to Reach Droylsden in February 2013”

First Greater Manchester Finds Cheaper Way Up Town

Lower season tickets and day rover tickets slated for 18 November 2012.

First Greater Manchester, Enviro 400 SN12 AOF, Oldham Bus Station
Between Bardsley and the Summit, passengers on the 409 can benefit from First Greater Manchester’s new FirstWeekOldham and FirstDayOldham tickets.

In the last decade, First Greater Manchester (and First Manchester before then) has often been associated with high fares, old buses and poor timekeeping by the travelling public. Whereas most folk at FirstGroup Towers up in Aberdeen would like to forget 2012 with great relish, it has been quite a good year for its Greater Manchester operation. Not to be content with the arrival of Enviro400s, the cascading of Volvo B9TLs to Dukinfield and its new livery, our fellows in Greater Manchester are seeing out 2012 on a high by lowering travel costs for most of its passengers. Continue reading “First Greater Manchester Finds Cheaper Way Up Town”