Foodbank Bus Delivery

Stagecoach Canteen Changes Sees Surplus Food Sent to Food Banks

Why Stagecoach Greater Manchester donated supplies to five food banks in the city region

Stagecoach driver Joanne Morgan unloads food donations from the bus to the food bank at United Estates of Wythenshawe.

There is a famous episode of On The Buses* when Luxton and District decide to change the canteen facilities. After a few complaints about the food portions and Messrs Butler and Co. wanting a bit more than two pork sausages, the canteen staff are replaced by a wall of vending machines. Thankfully, this didn’t happen with Stagecoach Greater Manchester, after a change of canteen supplier. Their changes left the canteens of our city region’s leading bus operator with an abundance of baked beans, a bounty of bread, and a cornucopia of coffee granules. Not to mention a multitude of meat pies.

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The Clippercard Makes a Comeback!

Clipper ticket resurrects spirit of the Clippercard on Metrolink trams

The Clippercard is dead… long live the Clippercard! Well, that’s how we may have reported on the self-cancelling ticket’s demise if East of the M60 was around in 2004. Years after the original ticket’s demise, Greater Manchester Transport’s ten-trips-for-the-price-of-nine tickets still carry fond memories. You might have travelled with a Clippercard by fair means (with a black plastic wallet) or foul (by boarding and passing the card on to your friend).

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Angela Heenan

How Gruffalo and Mouse Entertained Manchester Children’s Hospital Patients

Stagecoach Manchester marks ten years of fundraising with the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity

You could say that the book and the service bus were made for each other. Some operators have a library on their services where a small selection of books can be borrowed from a luggage hold. Before on-board WiFi became the rule, there was nothing better than a good book on the 219 out of work. Or your favourite newspaper. Some schools have acquired old buses for their own libraries.

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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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Calling All Altrinchamians: Helping Hands Needed For Community Groups

Wilkinson’s Altrincham branch offers a helping hand to the local community.

The garden at Crossacres Resource Centre, Wythenshawe.
One example of Wilkinson’s Helping Hands projects, only a few miles from Altrincham; the garden at the Crossacres Resource Centre. Photograph © 2014 Tangerine PR Ltd.

At the early part of this month, East of the M60 looked at Wilkinson’s Helping Hands scheme in Wythenshawe. This time, only a few miles west, the Worksop store chain is calling on people in Altrincham and surrounding area to suggest a local good cause. Continue reading “Calling All Altrinchamians: Helping Hands Needed For Community Groups”

Department Store’s Grassroots Alliance With Age UK

Wilkinson Cultivates Blooming Relationship With Elderly Persons’ Charity

The garden at Crossacres Resource Centre, Wythenshawe.
The garden at the Crossacres Resource Centre, after being carefully tended by the Crossacres Cultivators and team members from the Wythenshawe Wilko store. Photograph © 2014 Tangerine PR Ltd.

Many moons ago on East of the M60, you may have read our stories on Wythenshawe’s new Wilkinson store. You may have read about the Worksop based retailer’s work with community groups. This week, team members from the same branch on Etrop Court, have seen the fruits of their labours at a local community centre after donating £500 worth of gardening equipment. They have also given up their own time over the past two years through Wilko’s ‘Helping Hands’ scheme. Continue reading “Department Store’s Grassroots Alliance With Age UK”

The 0x Factor: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

Greater Manchester’s ultimate Lost Bus Route?

Whilst Wythenshawe was close to reaching its target 100,000 population, most of its population relied on Manchester Corporation’s buses. Most residents shopped in the centre of Manchester or Northenden prior to the opening of its Civic Centre in the late 1960s. Some Wythenshavians moved to the new town from inner city suburbs like Ardwick, Gorton, Collyhurst and Chorlton-on-Medlock, and visited the pubs in their former homes.

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Carnival Atmosphere Set for Store Opening

Face Painters and Rat Pack musicians set for opening day of new Wilkinson store, Wythenshawe

Wythenshawe’s new Wilkinson store, set to open on Thursday 15 September will be offering its shoppers an extra dimension to the opening day celebrations. Continue reading “Carnival Atmosphere Set for Store Opening”

Wilkinson’s 360˚ Vision for Rowlandsway

64 jobs created for new Wilkinson store in Wythenshawe

In an age where shops are closing instead of opening, it is always welcome to see someone buck the trend. Set to open on Thursday 15 September, 9.00am, is Wilkinson’s new store, their 360th branch. Continue reading “Wilkinson’s 360˚ Vision for Rowlandsway”