Northern Rail Strike: Three Days of Industrial Action Next Month

Forthcoming Arriva Rail North strike dates, and how they will affect passengers east of the M60 motorway

Following on from previous one-day strikes since the 13 March, the RMT union have announced details of more industrial action next month. Whereas previous strikes have fallen on Mondays and Fridays, the latest dispute will cover three days in July.

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Stagecoach Manchester’s Air Quality Call

Green Week campaign hits out at air pollution in Greater Manchester

In the last week, we have learned about the Paris Agreement which Donald Trump has refused to sign, on behalf of 200 million Americans. Closer to home, Stagecoach have called for tougher action in Greater Manchester, as part of the Green Week campaign. They have called for urgent action from local and central government. Continue reading “Stagecoach Manchester’s Air Quality Call”

Moovit’s Election Pledge: To Get You To The Polling Station in Good Time

Strong and stable journey planning app aims to get the many, and the few, towards their nearest polling station

With the General Election just over a week away, Moovit are playing their part in boosting turnout. Thanks to a partnership with Democracy Club, Moovit is helping to do just that on the 08 June, by adding polling station locations to its app.

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Belle Vue Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (28 May 2017)

A good programme, plus a tribute to the people we lost at the Manchester Arena

Yesterday [28 May], Belle Vue Brass Band gave us a good concert at the Boarshurst Band Club. A little shorter than the previous year’s engagement, it was also marked with a dedication to the 22 people who lost their lives at the Manchester Arena after last Monday’s Ariana Grande concert. This included a minute’s silence, which followed Amanda Greaves’ recital of Tony Walsh’s poem This Is The Place.
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Manchester Victoria Station to Reopen

Station reopens on 30 May after terrorist attack

East of the M60 Loves Manchester

In the last week, you will have heard about the appalling terrorist attack at Manchester Arena, after Ariana Grande’s concert. As well the loss of 22 lives and severe injuries to 59 concertgoers, this led to the temporary closure of Manchester Victoria station. Tram and train services were affected. At face value, this could have stopped the city going about her day-to-day activities. Continue reading “Manchester Victoria Station to Reopen”

The Three Ages of Greater Manchester’s Bus Stations

A look at the evolution of Greater Manchester’s bus stations from 1969 onwards

In the last fifty years, Greater Manchester’s bus stations have changed dramatically. More recent trends favour single terminals and improved connections with other modes of transport. In smaller towns, they form part of a focal piazza, as seen at Radcliffe’s bus station.

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An Accidental Circumnavigation: South Lancashire by Bus, 03 January 2017

The World’s Our Bus Stop: 2017 Edition

Some of the best laid plans are never planned at all. Some of them are made on the hoof, or they just fall into place. Serendipity and spontaneity can make for the greatest of journeys as we lose ourselves in another town, village, open space, or on a bus you never thought of catching.

My first circumnavigation of 2017 was a classic example. I left Chez Vall thinking “my first work day of 2017”. So I caught the 220 to Stalybridge bus station for the 0746 train to Salford Central. Continue reading “An Accidental Circumnavigation: South Lancashire by Bus, 03 January 2017”

Middleton Youth Band: Sunday Youth Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Youth band’s successful first visit to Boarshurst Band Club

Yesterday lunchtime [30 April] saw Middleton Youth Band’s first visit to Boarshurst Band Club. It was a most successful soirée for the band conducted by Louise Crane, who visited “The World Famous Boarshurst Band Club” last month.
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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, April 2017

FirstGroup reorganisation and tender changes behind latest updates 

Enviro200 Stagecoach Manchester HH56 BLU, Oldham
Back on the Denshaw route: Stagecoach Manchester have regained the 407 service at the expense of Rosso – though with a reduced timetable. This image taken in 2015 shows one of their buses on a Bank Holiday Monday journey.

This month will see a few tender changes, albeit with some drastic cuts to their journeys. The already bricked-to-the-point-of-uselessness 408 service will take a battering for one. As for wanting a late night pint at The Fleece Inn in Mossley, you can forget that unless the 350 bus or County Cars forms part of your plans.
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