The Duffers’ Guide to Rail Operations #2: Sleeper Trains

A rough guide to nocturnal and, mainly horizontal, travel options

Imagine boarding a long distance train by night and waking up in another part of the world the following morning. In another country, or another part of the country. Most of the great long distance trains, for example the Trans-Siberian Express, traverse more than one country. If you are an EU citizen, the journey from France to Czechia is as easy as one from Glasgow Central to London Euston (thanks to the lack of border controls in most of mainland Europe).

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UK Bus Awards: Stagecoach Manchester Gets Six Nominations

Two employees also nominated in nationwide awards ceremony

In less than a month’s time, the cream of Britain’s bus industry will be celebrated at this year’s UK Bus Awards. Taking place on the 20 November, at The Troxy Cinema in London, this ceremony recognises bus people and bus operators from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

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On Reflection: Fifty Icons of London Weekend Television

50 reasons to celebrate LWT’s fiftieth birthday

If you are a child of the 1970s or 1980s (the latter like yours truly), an ITV weekend schedule without an LWT programme would have been unusual. For many, Play Your Cards Right on a Friday night, Blind Date on a Saturday, and Surprise Surprise! on a Sunday night, was appointment to view television.

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One Hour Hopper Fares: How Greater Manchester Could Benefit

How East of the M60 thinks a Transport for London style One Hour Hopper could work in the Greater Manchester City Region

Dennis Hopper fotografiert von Hartmut S. Bühler vor der Kunsthalle Düsseldorf im Jahr 1988
Could a One Hour Hopper ticket make for an easy ride, one smoother than this gentleman’s in the 1969 movie?
Travelling in and around Greater Manchester by bus can be a patchy experience, with new buses on trunk routes, and pensionable buses away from key routes. As well as commercially-funded projects and the Vantage services along the Leigh Guided Busway, there is little sense of continuity. Apart from multi-operator tickets, the network is fragmented with, for example, First Greater Manchester having a fiefdom in Oldham. Likewise with Stagecoach Manchester dominating South Manchester and Stockport. Continue reading “One Hour Hopper Fares: How Greater Manchester Could Benefit”

Moovit Uber Allies: Private Hire Service Integrated Into App

Moovit users in 22 countries and 131 cities set to benefit from new addition to app

In the last year, one private hire company more than anything has never been out of the press. Whether for good or bad reasons, Uber has been uttered on many a taxi or minicab themed discussion. In the last six months, Greater Manchester has seen its Uber footprint extend eastwards, towards most of the Tameside area. For many, it is a cheaper alternative to established minicab and Hackney Carriage operators. Continue reading “Moovit Uber Allies: Private Hire Service Integrated Into App”

£350 to Zagreb? The Real Scandal’s £321 from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston

Never mind the rail fare to Croatia, look at our standard fares!

I’m with Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales for shunning the £90 flight in favour of the train option. Besides the obvious ecological advantages, the plane doesn’t give you enough space to catch up on work. Even on the shortest of routes, the view from a train window is infinitely superior. Continue reading “£350 to Zagreb? The Real Scandal’s £321 from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston”

Duffers’ Guide to Bus Operations #7: Passenger Doors

If you’re looking for a way out…

Up and down the United Kingdom, most buses only have one passenger door (excluding emergency exits). This serves as both the entrance and exit on most bus and coach services and suffices on most routes. There has been experiments with two and three passenger doors, though this has seen limited success outside of Greater London.

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Icons of London Weekend Television: The Not So Perfect Ten

A special Not So Perfect Ten to commemorate the 45th anniversary of London’s weekend ITV franchise

Second only to Granada Television, my favourite ITV franchise was known for its Aquafresh striped logo, Blind Date and the South Bank studios. Today, it is part of the corporate single ITV monolith but South Bank (or rather The London Studios), is one of ITV Productions’ key bases along with MediaCityUK. Continue reading “Icons of London Weekend Television: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Like Crushing The Great Pyramids For Posh Hotels: Could the ConDems Close The World’s Oldest Railway Station?

A Cuts Scene Investigation Special: National Railway Museum, National Media Museum and Manchester Museum of Science and Industry to face closure or admission charges

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Replica of Stephenson’s Rocket, outside the National Railway Museum, York. Photograph by Howard Longden (Creative Commons Attribution License-Some Rights Reserved)

The year is 2035. Manchester is connected to its recently opened High Speed Two line, which whisks Mancunians to the present day capital of the United Kingdom. It is possible to get a hourly HS2 service to London which takes 70 minutes. Elsewhere in the Greater Manchester City Region, it takes a similar amount of time to travel from Stockport to Ashton-under-Lyne by bus in the peaks on the 330 route. Continue reading “Like Crushing The Great Pyramids For Posh Hotels: Could the ConDems Close The World’s Oldest Railway Station?”