North West Bus Operators’ Success in UK Bus Awards

Stagecoach Manchester clinches Bronze and Silver Awards

Last week’s UK Bus Awards ceremony turned out to be a good one for North West bus operators. Holding on to their Top Three position as the Top City Bus Operator is Stagecoach Manchester. They picked up the bronze award in this year’s UK Bus Awards 2018. The announcement was made at a presentation ceremony in the Troxy Cinema, London on Tuesday 20th November.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Metrolink Zonal Fares

How Transport for Greater Manchester’s zonal fares for Metrolink trams will work

Travelling by rail-based transport in and around Greater Manchester can be a pain in the you know whats at times. On Network Rail metals, walk-on fares, advance purchase fares, and peak hour restrictions add to the confusion. If you take a Metrolink tram, another set of fares again but help is at hand, thanks to changes to its fare structure.

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JP Executive Travel Driver Records Wanted

Did you, or do you know someone who worked for JP Executive Travel in 1992?

We have received an appeal for the drivers’ records for JP Executive Travel.

During 1992, the North Manchester-based bus company operated a number of routes in and around Middleton. Some services continued to parts of North Manchester, Oldham, and Tameside.

If you have any details of drivers’ records (i.e.: staff documentation, running boards), original copies are preferable to photocopies. High quality photocopies may be accepted in the absence of original hard copies.

If you can help, please telephone 0191 563 5076.

How Stagecoach Manchester is Remembering the Fallen

Remembrance Sunday display to remember the 310 Manchester Corporation Tramways Department employees killed in action

  • Free bus travel for Armed Forces personnel on production of HM Forces ID card on Remembrance Sunday;
  • Stagecoach Manchester buses seen wearing poppies;
  • Activity supports the British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ campaign marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Stagecoach Manchester will pay tribute to past and present military personnel this Remembrance Sunday (Sunday 11th November). As part of a project initiated by retired Stagecoach Manchester bus driver, Martin Logan, the company will display Remembrance Crosses at each of its depots. There will also be remembrance crosses at the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport. All of which are to mark the Armistice Centenary.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Winter 2018

Hallowe’en horrors await Oldham bus passengers

  • Sweeping changes made to 74 and 76 routes’ evening journeys;
  • 415 slashed from half hourly to once hourly;
  • Cuts made to 24 route.

Whereas Tameside bus passengers got off lightly with this month’s service changes, the same couldn’t have been said with our friends in Oldham and Saddleworth.

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Tameside Bus Service Changes, Winter 2018

More tinkering around at the edges

  • Retimed 206, 347 and 350 routes;
  • Revised route on 341 service.

In the Tameside area for once, very few changes to report with the biggest changes affecting the 341 service.

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Stagecoach Manchester Sponsors Body Confidence Event

TV Star to Speak at Body Confidence event in Manchester

  • Popular TV personality Vicky Pattison joins line-up at city’s first Body Confidence Live event;
  • 06 October afternoon event to promote body confidence, self-esteem and wellness;
  • Event sponsored by Stagecoach Manchester and raising funds for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity.

Whether you feel like the back end of a bus or wish to have a fresh start, Stagecoach Manchester are sponsoring an event which could change your life. What’s more, a fiver from each ticket will be donated to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity.

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Coming Soon to Greater Manchester: 105 All Electric Buses

£56m bus deal could see zero emission buses in Greater Manchester, though with strings attached 

  • Introduction subject to Stagecoach Manchester winning Department for Transport grant;
  • Transport for Greater Manchester to submit rival bid for all-electric Vantage and Metroshuttle routes and school buses.

Fiddlers Ferry Cooling Towers, Widnes, England
Fiddlers Ferry Power Station: the power behind Stagecoach’s prospective 105 zero emission buses? Or TfGM’s 64 all-electric vehicles? Image by Sheri, 2009 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

You can safely say that Greater Manchester is the spiritual home of the electric bus. 45 years ago it set the trend with Chloride’s Silent Rider – an all-electric Seddon single decker bus. Unlike today’s buses, it was only used at peak times and charged between the peaks. By 2012, the first electric-hybrid buses entered regular service and became a regular feature on trunk routes.

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Northern Rail Strike: Six Saturdays of Industrial Action This Autumn

Arriva Rail North Saturday strikes: how they will affect passengers east of the M60 motorway

After two months without strike action, there has been no sign of a resolution between Arriva Rail North and the RMT union. From Saturday [25 August], industrial action will resume on services operated by Arriva Rail North’s Northern franchise.

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