Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, September 2020: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s semi-quarantined window on the shop windows Has normality resumed? Well, in the last six weeks, there was some liberalisation of the lockdown conditions. Then, stricter conditions of our lockdown were imposed – announced only hours before coming into force. Our neighbours in Oldham had even stricter conditions imposed, some 300 yards short of…

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 26 July 2020

Diamond diversion sees 217 route extended to Wythenshawe Hospital Tameside gains direct bus link with Manchester Royal Infirmary and Wythenshawe Hospital; Stagecoach takes over evening journeys of Stockport – Ashton 7 route. For the first time in over a decade, there will be no summertime retiming changes for Greater Manchester’s principal bus routes. Since 2008,…

Shopping With Confidence, Tameside Style: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

Ashton Review of Shops Extra looks at the reopening of ‘non essential’ retailers For some commentators, the 15 June 2020 would be seen as the day when normality returned to the High Street. With the reopening of ‘non essential’ retailers, it has been represented as part of our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Back By Unpopular Demand: Northern’s Pacer Units

Nodding Donkeys ‘home’ till Christmas Today, East of the M60 has learned that a small number of the universally derided Class 142 Pacer units will be making a comeback on Northern rail services. Thirteen of the units will be reinstated to provide extra capacity, and to ensure that social distancing practices will be maintained.

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 19 April 2020

The latest, more permanent (?) service charges in Tameside and Glossop Demise of MCT Travel operations sees Stagecoach gains; Withdrawal of 387 route sees severance of north-south connections with Stalybridge – and direct route with Hattersley; Super-size 356 given go-ahead. With the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be forgiven for thinking “Not again” with timetable changes…

Northern Nationalised: Franchise Transfers from Arriva Rail North to DfT

Northern franchise taken over by DfT as Operator of Last Resort from the 01 March After several rumours and persistent lobbying by Northern English political figures in the last six months, it was announced today that Arriva lost its Northern rail franchise. Under the Anglo-German company’s tenure, the rail franchise was dogged by poor service,…