East of the M60 looks at the possibility of trams returning to Stalybridge It is 90 years ago since Stalybridge saw its last trams. Back then, the trams were facing competition with local express bus routes. In 1931, the Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, and Dukinfield Joint Tramway and Electricity Board began to phase out trams and […]Read More Metrolink Extensions: Next Stop, Stalybridge?
System exacerbated fragmented nature of National Rail network Rail Franchising, a part of British railway policy since 1994, was laid to rest at the age of twenty-six. Its original aim was to raise standards across the rail network and improve on services launched by the outgoing British Railways Board. Today, it was announced by Transport […]Read More Rail Franchising, 1994 – 2020: An Honest Obituary
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
In this extra helping of The Ashton Review of Shops, we look at how WHSmith’s turmoil and wonder if there’s a way out It is fair to say that at any point in our lives, we Britons have had some link with W.H. Smith and Sons in more ways than one. Indirectly, we have had […]Read More WHSmith in Turmoil: The Ashton Review of Shops Extra
At last, we have the answers to East of the M60’s bus and train livery quiz If you have been taking part in our bus and train livery, we now have the answers to Guess the Bus and Train Livery Blocks. In true tradition, the answers have arrived a week late.Read More Answers to Escape to the Pantry’s Guess the Bus and Train Livery Blocks
East of the M60 asks, “Is Town not big enough for both of them?” Manchester’s credentials as a musical centre of the universe is unimpeachable, though it is a claim that could be disputed by our friends in Liverpool. For many listeners, Liverpool is associated with The Beatles, the muse for Burnage’s finest musical export. […]Read More Is Manchester Ready for Two Indoor Arenas?
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…”
East of the M60’s back with a nifty follow-up to the seat moquette quiz In the last year, you might have seen the use of minimalist colour blocks on t’ internets. In most cases, they form part of a quiz with video gaming characters and Walt Disney characters being popular subject areas.Read More Escape to the Pantry: Guess the Bus and Train Livery Blocks
Nodding Donkeys ‘home’ till Christmas Today, East of the M60 has learned that a small number of the universally derided Class 142 Pacer units will be making a comeback on Northern rail services. Thirteen of the units will be reinstated to provide extra capacity, and to ensure that social distancing practices will be maintained.Read More Back By Unpopular Demand: Northern’s Pacer Units
Did you know that plans were made to shift Chadderton town centre to Broadway? Answer me this question: where do you think the real centre of Chadderton is or was? Near Chadderton Hall Park? Foxdenton Hall and Gardens? Off Middleton Road? Broadway, even?Read More A Vision of Post-War Chadderton, 1946 Style