Moovit Versus The Leaf Fall Season

How Moovit Leaf Watch aims to improve commuting in the leaf fall season

Ah yes, autumn is upon us. It is that time of the year where salad gives way to soup. For many commuters a right pain in the proverbials, thanks to falling leaves. This means slower journeys, timetable revisions, or cancellations. Moovit, in their words, will cover you “better than the withered foliage on the tracks of your commute”.

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Wilmslow Resident Wins Engineer of the Year

Stagecoach Manchester engineer wins top engineering honours in Route One Awards

In the annual Route One Awards, Peter Sumner, was named Engineer of the Year in the Large Operator. The Stagecoach Manchester engineer picked up his award in Birmingham last week. The Route One Awards celebrate achievements and excellence in the coach and bus industry. Nominees are put forward by dealers, manufacturers and suppliers. Continue reading “Wilmslow Resident Wins Engineer of the Year”

The X67: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

Remembering Manchester’s express route to Chesterfield which, at one time, continued to Lincoln

Chesterfield ... where to catch a bus.
The East Midland Bus Station has changed dramatically since North Western Road Car Company was one of the X67’s joint operators. Image by Barry W*******, 2011. (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

Once upon a time, almost fifty years ago, it was possible to cross the Pennines by bus from Manchester, via a number of different routes. Without a change of bus en route. Today, there are only three routes where you can do just that. Two of which are National Express coach services: the 351 to Sheffield, and the 060 to Leeds via the M62. The only proper service bus to do that is First Greater Manchester’s 184 service to Huddersfield. Continue reading “The X67: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special”

Bus App Now Supports Apple Pay and Android Pay

Stagecoach Manchester’s smartphone app adds another way of paying for bus travel

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Fruit-based device payment channels are now welcome on Stagecoach Manchester buses. Image by Digital Desktop Wallpapers (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

With the recent launch of Transport for Greater Manchester’s GetMeThere hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons, Stagecoach Manchester’s recent upgrade was trouble free. This week, they have integrated Apple Pay and Android Pay facilities through the Stagecoach Bus smartphone app.

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J.A. Griffiths’ Bus Routes: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

A look at the 223 and 227 routes from Hyde

#4 Obsolete
A steam engine shed in Dinting formerly part of the Dinting Railway Centre, close to the terminus of the long forgotten 227 service. Image by Trevor King (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

The start of bus deregulation gave us a mix of smaller operators, trying to muscle in on the big boys’ territory. Some had great success, identifying niche markets and developing new bus routes. Among the new wave of bus operators were established coach operators. Some of which, like Mayne of Manchester, had operated buses in their earlier years, and prior to deregulation. Continue reading “J.A. Griffiths’ Bus Routes: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special”

Go-Goodwins Sell Buses to Rotala

Eccles based bus and coach company sells bus routes for a million

Enviro 300, Go Goodwins
An Enviro300 single decker loading at Altrincham Interchange in 2009 – back when the Eccles-based company expanded its stage carriage operations via GMPTE contracted routes.

With effect from the 31 August this year, Go Goodwins will transfer its bus operations to Rotala. The Eccles-based company, noted for its coach operations, expanded its stage carriage operations in 2009. Their growth came via winning GMPTE/TfGM tendered services, mainly in and around Trafford. This has included local services in Altrincham and Eccles.

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Northern Rail Strike Update: Two More Dates in September

News of the latest Arriva Rail North strike dates

Following on from July’s strikes, there will be another two days of rail strikes next month. Again, this is due to the RMT members’ opposition to Driver Only Operation.

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We Need to Talk About Bi-Mode Trains

What are Bi-Mode Trains, and why are they being hailed as a cheaper alternative to fully electrified systems?

At this moment in time, Network Rail are in the midst of realigning The Old Lanky line from Stalybridge to Miles Platting. On completion, it is hoped that overhead line equipment would follow shortly. By 2018, it is claimed that the new timetable will see Ashton trains terminating at Stalybridge. Plus, the possibility of Mossley and Greenfield passengers having to use Manchester Piccadilly and a skip-stop service. Therefore, passengers from the two stations wanting a direct Ashton link would have to get the bus! Continue reading “We Need to Talk About Bi-Mode Trains”

Northern Rail Strike: Timetable Details for Tameside Commuters

Arriva Rail North strike updates

From tomorrow [Saturday 08 July], Northern rail guards will begin their three-day strike. As a consequence, there will be fewer Northern services than normal. Of the services that will be running over the weekend, trains and bus replacement services will begin running at 7am and cease around 7pm.

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