Fares Unfair 2017: Priced Out of the Powerhouse?

East of the M60 draws comparisons between last year’s rail fares and this year’s price rises First the spin: that rail fares have risen by an average of 2.2%. In reality, many casual train travellers do not believe this for one second. Especially if they make a local journey; at least with some long distance trips,…

Academies for All: The LEA DOA for Political Gain

How academies for all plan is a shoo-in for privatisation Belligerent ghouls run English schools Spineless ideologues with tiny minds…* Since the start of the 20th Century, most of England’s schools have been accountable to the public. Methods of governance have included school boards, governors, and local education authorities. Private Schools and Public Schools [like…

Mossley Open Market: A Case Against Privatised Public Space

Why Mossley market ground must remain in public hands Last Whit Friday, the people of Mossley and a few others from surrounding areas (myself included) saw the town’s procession of witness in glorious sunshine. Almost 35 years ago, the same venue played host to Mossley AFC’s F.A. Trophy side. The then Mayor of Tameside, Stalybridge North Labour…

East of the M60’s Budget Statement: The Same Old Scene

Recession broods on, the downturn’s not over Beer tax escalator scrapped with 1p cut in duty; Frackers free to turn Blackpool into The Earthquake Capital of Europe; Public sector’s 1% pay cap to continue till 2016; Corporation Tax rate to reach same rate as present VAT rate by 2015; Sweet Francis Adams for everyone else….

Tameside, In the Eye of the Tory Storm: April 2013 and Beyond

A Cuts Scene Investigation Special: Prospects for our borough In 2009, our borough was in the midst of recovering from the global economic downturn along with numerous others in the United Kingdom. Even so, there was some optimism in the air. Despite voting ‘no’ to the congestion charge, Ashton-under-Lyne – thanks to a different funding…

One Direction Towards Motorway Privatisation

Anger over possible commercialisation of new road projects and road pricing In the last week, my excuse for the slight reduction of blog posts can be blamed on the rediscovery of an old computer game, revived by a bunch of transport geeks like yours truly. Entitled OpenTTD, it is an open source build of the…

Cuts Scene Investigation #2: Tameside’s NHS

The Health and Social Care Reform Bill and its effects on the Tameside area In the Edwardian times, a regular feature of Tameside’s markets was a tooth puller. People would queue to have their bad tooth or teeth removed in public, and their cries would be drowned out by musicians. On the 5th July 1948,…

Competition or Co-operation: Where Next for Greater Manchester’s Buses?

Is competition still the way to improve Greater Manchester’s bus services? Or will greater public involvement guarantee a fairer network for all its users? East of the M60 investigates. This report comes in six parts: Introduction; Competition; Co-operation; Franchising; Public Ownership; Conclusion. Introduction This time 25 years ago, Greater Manchester was enjoying her last few…