Skipstopageddon: Reading Between the Lines on Tameside’s Train Torment

How an incomplete timetable – and more besides – have caused chaos for Tameside and Saddleworth rail passengers

Everything looks good on paper. Last month we looked at how radical changes to our train timetables would have affected Tameside and Saddleworth passengers. Our overall verdict was that the timetable was unfinished. We said it should have been enhanced with the retention of an hourly all-stations service. We also suggested that Stalybridge should have been given a stop on Transpennine Express’ service from Liverpool Lime Street to Newcastle Central. Continue reading “Skipstopageddon: Reading Between the Lines on Tameside’s Train Torment”

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Skip-Stop Is Coming! Timetable Trauma Threatens Trans-Pennine Links

How Standedge line skip-stop approach will sever links between Tameside, Saddleworth, and Colne Valley villages

  • Staggered services to result in slower journey times for local trips;
  • Stalybridge sees 33% cut in trans-Pennine services;
  • Skip-stop ‘stopgap’ added to nark off Rail Ale Trailers?

From the 20 May, sweeping changes are going to be made to Northern’s and Transpennine Express’ timetables. If you regularly travel by train from Ashton-under-Lyne to Mossley, you might need to pour yourself a stiff drink. Continue reading “Skip-Stop Is Coming! Timetable Trauma Threatens Trans-Pennine Links”

It’s Up the Poll! 2018: Tameside’s Local Election Results

East of the M60‘s look at 2018’s local election results

  • Business as usual in Tameside as Labour retains hold on borough;
  • National picture of UKIP vote going to Tories echoed in Tameside;
  • Stalybridge Town Party challenges main two parties in the town’s three wards.

If you followed the BBC’s Local Election coverage, you would have noticed how Labour’s results have been portrayed as a crushing defeat. Or at worst a stalemate, in spite of getting its highest number of councillors since 1971. On the other hand, the Conservatives saw improved figures, due to the near collapse of UKIP. Continue reading “It’s Up the Poll! 2018: Tameside’s Local Election Results”

It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Tameside’s General Election Results

East of the M60‘s look at the borough’s General Election results

  • Tameside constituencies remain solid Labour;
  • UKIP vote hammered by increased Labour majorities and modest Conservative swing.
View towards Eastwood bird reserve, Cheethams Park
Set in stone. Even more so with increased majorities for Tameside’s MPs.

At the start of April, any talk of a General Election would have filled many voters with dread. It was expected that Theresa May’s Conservative Party would have a landslide victory. Instead, what happened on the 08 June flew in the face of many predictions. This was scuppered by Jeremy Corbyn’s campaigning in the month up to the election. Not least the crowds and how the agenda switched from Brexit to the state of our public services.

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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: How the General Election Affects You

It’s Up the Poll! looks at how the parties will affect your lifestyle

Bargain Buys opening day, Ashton-under-Lyne: front entrance
Whether it’s our version of Brexit or domestic policies, the next five years could have ramifications for the people of Ashton-under-Lyne, a town that has been at the sharpest end of the DWP’s reforms.

As the General Election nears, we look at how the main parties’ policies will affect your lifestyle. Will your public services be properly funded? Is sealing the Brexit deal your biggest concern?

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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Business and the General Election

It’s Up the Poll looks at how the parties fare on business issues

Tower Mill, Dukinfield
The reopening of Tower Mill has seen the return of cotton spinning to our area. Will its interests be considered in the next parliament?

Theresa May and Co have called this General Election on the grounds of sealing the Brexit deal. Is there more to this than our status outside the European Union? Will there be a good deal for small businesses as well?

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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: The Environment and the General Election

It’s Up the Poll looks at how the parties fare on environmental issues

Chew Valley Reservoir Panorama
Chew Reservoir, seen in July 2011.

Continuing where we left off last time, we are looking at the parties’ environmental policies, and how they affect our area East of the M60 motorway. As with our previous instalment on transport policy, we shall condensing some hundred or so words into Haiku form.

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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Transport Policy and the General Election

It’s Up the Poll looks at how the parties fare on transport issues

Taking ad-Vantage of the sunshine in Leigh, Lancashire.

With a week to go till the polling stations open, East of the M60’s It’s Up The Poll is in full steam. In the 2015 General Election, we looked at each party’s manifesto over a single day. This time, we are going to do things differently. Using the same themes we came across in the Greater Manchester Mayoral Election, East of the M60 shall do the same with the 2017 General Election.

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Tameside: Stand By for Whitsuntide 2017

East of the M60’s preview to this year’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in the Tameside area

Hard to believe we are three weeks away from either getting Strong and Stable Government®, or government for many and not the few.

Right, never mind that, it is also three weeks away to The World’s Greatest Free Show on Earth. Ladies and gentlemen, we at East of the M60 mean… Whit Friday. Hence our preview of the contests taking place in the Tameside area. Continue reading “Tameside: Stand By for Whitsuntide 2017”

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