An Accidental Circumnavigation: South Lancashire by Bus, 03 January 2017

The World’s Our Bus Stop: 2017 Edition

Some of the best laid plans are never planned at all. Some of them are made on the hoof, or they just fall into place. Serendipity and spontaneity can make for the greatest of journeys as we lose ourselves in another town, village, open space, or on a bus you never thought of catching.

My first circumnavigation of 2017 was a classic example. I left Chez Vall thinking “my first work day of 2017”. So I caught the 220 to Stalybridge bus station for the 0746 train to Salford Central. Continue reading “An Accidental Circumnavigation: South Lancashire by Bus, 03 January 2017”

Metrolink’s Silver Jubilee: 25 Things About Our Light Rail System

Twenty-five things you may have forgotten about Greater Manchester’s trams

Flexity Swift M5000 3060b, Ashton-under-Lyne
Tram 3060 loading at the Ashton-under-Lyne stop on its first day of operation.

Where were you on the 06 April 1992? For me, it was a bog standard Monday. I was in Second Year – officially Year Eight – at All Saints R.C. High School. With hindsight, I should have bunked off school and caught a 220 bus to Victoria station. On that very date, the first part of Greater Manchester’s Metrolink system opened, from Bury to Manchester Victoria station. The groundwork was set for a light rail system which took the city by storm.

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Calling All GM Stations: A Look at TfGM’s Action Stations Plan

How Action Stations aims to transform Greater Manchester’s railway stations

Calling All GM Stations

Greater Manchester has 97 railway stations. Many of them are unstaffed with some lacking any disabled access at all. Most of the City Region’s stations are managed by its principal rail franchisee, Arriva Rail North’s Northern franchise. Stockport is managed by Virgin West Coast; Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria, by Major Stations. Stalybridge station is managed by First Transpennine Express. Continue reading “Calling All GM Stations: A Look at TfGM’s Action Stations Plan”

Northern Rail Strike: Details of Affected Services in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside

How Arriva Rail North’s industrial action will affect passengers east of the M60 motorway

Northern Rail Strike Ashton to Huddersfield section
The Ashton-under-Lyne to Huddersfield section which is affected by the strike.

Next week shall see one of Northern England’s biggest rail strikes. Possibly the largest rail related industrial action since 1989’s nationwide rail strike. The biggest after rail privatisation began since Arriva Trains Northern guards went on strike in 2001 and 2002. On Monday (13 March), Arriva Rail North guards and drivers will begin a one-day strike. Their concern is the introduction of DOO – Driver Only Operation. Its introduction is part of Arriva Rail North’s franchise agreement with the Department for Transport.

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Bus Chief Among Top 50 Most Powerful Northern Women

Stagecoach Manchester MD Elizabeth Tasker makes list for role in mainly male dominated industry

Elizabeth Tasker, MD Stagecoach Manchester
Driving force: Elisabeth Tasker, Managing Director, Stagecoach Manchester. Image courtesy of Tangerine PR Limited, 2017.

With yesterday (08 March) being International Womens’ Day, we at East of the M60 has learned of one notable inclusion. That of Stagecoach Manchester’s Elisabeth Tasker. She was named on the Top 50 list at the 2017 Northern Power Awards in Manchester on Tuesday night (07 March).
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Stagecoach Manchester Goes Contactless

Greater Manchester bus passengers able to pay for singles and day rovers using contactless cards

Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester’s MD seen at Hyde Road depot launching the company’s contactless payment option.

From the start of this month, Stagecoach Manchester passengers now have access to contactless payment methods. In line with Greater London operations and Stagecoach South East’s Little & Often network, they will be the first bus operator to offer this facility in Greater Manchester. Continue reading “Stagecoach Manchester Goes Contactless”

Stagecoach’s Little & Often: A Bee Line Buzz for the 21st Century?

Stagecoach South East’s revival of high frequency minibuses

This time thirty years ago, the word on the streets of Wythenshawe, Dukinfield and Stockport were high frequency minibuses. In particular, Carlyle bodied minibuses with a yellow, black and red livery sporting a vinyl bee. Or the Ivecos and Fords of GM Buses’ Little Gem services. Continue reading “Stagecoach’s Little & Often: A Bee Line Buzz for the 21st Century?”

Second City Crossing Opens On 26 February

End of month sees arrival of important link between St. Peter’s Square and Victoria

Shortly after the February half term holidays, a short yet important of the Metrolink system will open. The Second City Crossing (or 2CC for short) will offer a fast link from St. Peter’s Square to Victoria railway station with only one intermediate stop. At present, the only section of the 2CC that is open is the spur from Victoria to Exchange Square. Continue reading “Second City Crossing Opens On 26 February”

Tameside and Saddleworth Bus Changes Extra, Winter 2017

Changes to South Pennine Community Transport and Tameside Local Link services

South Pennine Community Transport, GK52 OLA, Renault Master/Rohill Harrier, High Street, Uppermill
South Pennine Community Transport’s then newly formed 352 service outside The Commercial Hotel, Uppermill.

Since our Tameside and Saddleworth area bus service changes articles went to press, here’s news of a couple of changes that have escaped our radar.
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