Cross Processed Trams 3047 and 3068

Metrolink Extensions: Next Stop, Stalybridge?

East of the M60 looks at the possibility of trams returning to Stalybridge

It is 90 years ago since Stalybridge saw its last trams. Back then, the trams were facing competition with local express bus routes. In 1931, the Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, and Dukinfield Joint Tramway and Electricity Board began to phase out trams and replace most of its tram cars with buses.

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Cross Processed Trams 3047 and 3068

Metrolink Extensions: Where Next?

East of the M60 looks at where future Metrolink lines could be added

Nearly thirty years ago, Piccadilly Gardens was in a state of flux. A temporary state of flux as a revolutionary transport project was under construction. One that became a poster child for a new wave of tramway systems across the UK.

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EM60's Metrolink Zonal Map

A Beginner’s Guide to Metrolink Zonal Fares

How Transport for Greater Manchester’s zonal fares for Metrolink trams will work

Travelling by rail-based transport in and around Greater Manchester can be a pain in the you know whats at times. On Network Rail metals, walk-on fares, advance purchase fares, and peak hour restrictions add to the confusion. If you take a Metrolink tram, another set of fares again but help is at hand, thanks to changes to its fare structure.

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Tameside (Ashton-under-Lyne) Interchange Works: Temporary Stand Changes

Plans to move Tameside buses closer to trams now a step closer

Stagecoach Manchester MAN, MX54 LRV, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
From the 24 June 2018, Stand N will be no more. Therefore the 345 service (as seen above) will move to R stand on Gas Street, opposite the (now closed) rear entrance of Boots The Chemist.

As soon as the last bus leaves Ashton-under-Lyne bus station on Saturday 23 June 2018, Stands J to R will be closed to make way for Ashton Bus Station Mark IV.

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Now You Know What I Did This Summer (2015 Edition)

Bus and light rail operations in Tynemouth and surrounding area

Arriva Northumbria Wright StreetLite NK64 EEZ, Tynemouth
The second biggest operator in Tynemouth: Arriva Northumberland, represented by a Wright StreetLite at its terminus by Tynemouth Park. Later, this would return to Newcastle-upon-Tyne on a westbound journey of the 306 service.

Only last week, courtesy of National Holidays, I had the joy of a five day holiday in County Durham and Northumberland. This included excursions to Beamish Open Air Museum, Holy Island and the city of Durham. With most of the trips returning to our hotel for 4.00pm to 4.30pm, there was ample time for a little night’s bus hopping. Continue reading “Now You Know What I Did This Summer (2015 Edition)”