Go-Ahead Given Go Ahead for First’s Manchester Operations

FirstGroup agree to £11.17m sale of Queens Road depot to The Go-Ahead Group In a few months time, the sight of a First Greater Manchester bus on the 53 service will be a thing of the past. As seen on both First Greater Manchester’s and The Go-Ahead Group’s websites, First Greater Manchester’s Queens Road depot will change hands for £11.17…

The Ash Tree Reopens: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

New look J.D. Wetherspoon house reopens on 19 February After five weeks of refurbishment work, Ashton-under-Lyne’s new-look Wetherspoons house will reopen on Tuesday 19 February. Costing £1.1 million to complete, cost-conscious pub goers will be able to enjoy a plusher Ash Tree.

You Know You’ve Spent Too Long in Oldham If…

A wry look at the joys of East of the M60‘s other immediate locality Before local government reorganisation in 1974, Oldham was large enough to warrant its own County Borough. On the 01 April 1974, this was superseded by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, taking in part of the West Riding of Yorkshire and a few…

Coming to Greater Manchester: 60 All-Electric Buses

TfGM, Stagecoach, First, and MCT Travel gain funding under Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme TfGM wins funding for 23 all-electric vehicles with 3 going to MCT Travel and 12 to First Greater Manchester; Stagecoach Manchester wins £6.9m support funding for 32 zero emissions buses and associated infrastructure; One of Europe’s biggest green e-bus fleets to…

FirstGroup to Quit Greater Manchester Bus Operations

Got a spare £20m? First Greater Manchester are selling its bus operations to rival operators in the conurbation First Greater Manchester is set to quit Greater Manchester, as the transport conglomerate reviews its operations across the UK. The fourth largest part of the FirstGroup bus empire has recorded sharp losses in the last year. Its…

Thurlstone Brass Band, 03 February 2019: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Thurlstone Brass Band deliver a delightful concert, warmly received by all audiences – live and on-screen In relation to competitive brass banding, the term Unregistered doesn’t do brass bands any justice. To the untrained ear, ‘Unregistered’ may be seen in the same light as a ‘U’ grade in GCSE examinations (as in ‘substandard’ or ‘dire’)….

Metrolink Doubles Ashton Frequency

Ashton-under-Lyne trams every six minutes from 28 January 2019 For nearly six years, the Metrolink has offered Ashtonians a third way of getting to Manchester city centre. With trams every twelve minutes, it is a more convenient option than the train, despite the latter mode’s faster journey times. For many passengers from Ashton to Manchester,…

Westoe Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

South Shields band kicks off 2019 season of Boarshurst concerts in style Only three weeks ago, Boarshurst Band Club finished off its 2018 season of Sunday Brass nights in style with the Friends of Music For Youth Brass Band. That concert got us on a high for the 2019 programme, which has a tasty selection…

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 27 January 2019

A low key affair – unless you want to visit Foxdenton Hall and Gardens from Middleton 415 rerouted during daytimes; All the usual timetable tweaks. In a marked contrast to the forthcoming changes facing Tameside bus passengers, this month’s set of changes is a quiet one for Oldham bus passengers. For some passengers, retimings are the…

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 27 January 2019

Hyde gains enhanced South Manchester links at Ashton’s expense 168 rerouted and renumbered as 150; Boosted 7 and 230 services bridge gap left by 168’s withdrawal; 217 service rerouted via Ashton Old Road; Plus the usual slight tweaks. If you live in the Stagecoach part of Tameside, our borough is at the sharp end of…