A fun little article on How to brand or rebrand our bus routes One of the key parts of the Department for Transport’s National Bus Strategy is local branding based on community focus instead of operational needs. At present, there are some examples of best practice with Transdev and The Go-Ahead Group marketing its bus […]Read More Fun With Bus Route Branding
With the possibility of bus franchising in Greater Manchester and improved local networks, has the government fallen in love with our buses? There are four things that the creator of this blog shares with Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, otherwise known as Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP. One of them is a lackadaisical approach to […]Read More Bus Back Better: Towards a Second Bus Renaissance?
How COVID-19 has intensified inequalities in Northern England This week, IPPR North’s report The State of the North has confirmed what many Northerners have known since the height of Thatcher’s term in office. With Brexit and COVID-19, the North-South divide has grown dramatically – to a point that the gap between South East England and […]Read More A Northern Wake-Up Call: IPPR North Report Confirms Westminster Failings
Quite a lot to be honest! Imagine a world without Northern England. It would be a dull place devoid of The Beatles, iconic suspension bridges, daft footballers, and railway lines. Prior to the late 1970s, we were the manufacturing heart of the world. We built bridges, ships, made cutlery and built the world its locomotives […]Read More What Has the North Done For Us?
People power helps to save important rail service that links Hyde with Marple From the 14 September, rail passengers in Hyde, Woodley and Marple would have been left high and dry by temporary changes to their rail service. In just over a week’s time, there would have been no trains from Rose Hill Marple apart […]Read More Rose Hill Marple Rail Services Saved From Temporary Axe
Algorithm used to favour Eton over Eltham, Harrow over Harlow, and Millfield over Middleton If you wish to better yourself, I urge you not to be Northern, working-class, nor a former pupil of a bog-standard comprehensive or academy in an impoverished area. That it seems is the message we are getting from this year’s ‘A’ […]Read More How COVID-19 was a Foil for Gerrymandering our ‘A’ Level Grades
Outrage as staffing issues sees cessation of train services at Tameside railway station Prior to seeing its franchise being taken over by the Department for Transport’s Operator of Last Resort, Arriva’s Northern operation was noted for its staffing issues. Tameside’s rail passengers were at the sharpest end of Arriva’s staffing issues, as Stalybridge to Manchester […]Read More “The Next Train Will Not Be Calling At Un-Fairfield Station…”
Midweek meal ticket plan offers no real deal for families hit by Coronavirus In the last two days since Chancellor Rishi Sunak made his Summer Statement, I was reminded of two things. The first was a children’s television programme which inspired two stunning C64 games. The second one was a more contemporary reference: a radio […]Read More Rishi’s Meal Deal: Let Them Eat Luncheon Vouchers
East of the M60 hopes brass band music isn’t forgotten by HM Government funding pledge On a normal Monday night, I would be writing a review of the previous night’s concert at Boarshurst Band Club. Since lockdown, The Mecca of Brass Banding has been quiet, leaving a significant cultural void in the hearts of brass […]Read More Don’t Forget our Brass Bands!
Face coverings compulsory from the 15 June in England If you haven’t already ordered a face mask or face covering like the genius behind East of the M60, now is the time to buy one. Especially so if you make your daily commute on public transport. In today’s COVID-19 statement from the Houses of Parliament, […]Read More Face Masks to be Made Compulsory on Public Transport