Our Network: Tameside’s Future Transport Network in Greater Manchester

Why Andy Burnham has moved one step closer to bus franchising and how this affects Tameside Greater Manchester is one step closer to seeing off Nicholas Ridley’s free market experiment. A free market experiment that has seen a 45% drop in bus patronage in Greater Manchester. An experiment which has seen swingeing cuts to the…

Greenfield Station Snubbed in Access For All Funding Scheme

Why is Greenfield station – the only railway station in Oldham Council boundaries – still inaccessible for mobility impaired passengers? The Trans-Pennine route via Huddersfield should be given the same level of importance as the West Coast Main Line. Or at least any commuter route in the South East of England. Between Manchester and Huddersfield…

Packed Pacer Problem Solved for 2019 Deadline

East of the M60 EXCLUSIVE: Nodding Donkeys become beautiful bi-modes with revolutionary technology 10-car Pacers set for DDA compliant overhaul; New breed of Nodding Donkeys go electric. Set to carry on for a longer period of time than the UK’s Brexit negotiations is the fate of Northern’s Pacer units. Due to disability legislation, the much-maligned…

Skipstopageddon: Reading Between the Lines on Tameside’s Train Torment

How an incomplete timetable – and more besides – have caused chaos for Tameside and Saddleworth rail passengers Everything looks good on paper. Last month we looked at how radical changes to our train timetables would have affected Tameside and Saddleworth passengers. Our overall verdict was that the timetable was unfinished. We said it should…

Skip-Stop Is Coming! Timetable Trauma Threatens Trans-Pennine Links

How Standedge line skip-stop approach will sever links between Tameside, Saddleworth, and Colne Valley villages Staggered services to result in slower journey times for local trips; Stalybridge sees 33% cut in trans-Pennine services; Skip-stop ‘stopgap’ added to nark off Rail Ale Trailers? From the 20 May, sweeping changes are going to be made to Northern’s…

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,…

Oldham Road Diversions (2): Network Rail Electrification Works, Ashton-under-Lyne

Update on Oldham Road diversions Further diversions on the 168, 169, 409 and 419 services; 41 service retains pre-2011 route. Easter Saturday (19 April) will see the second of three parts in the third phase of important engineering works for the Stalybridge – Ashton-under-Lyne – Manchester Victoria route. This time, Oldham Road between Wellington Road/Lord Sheldon Way and Boodle Street…

Know Your Sprinters: The Class 150 Series of DMUs

An easy to digest guide to Sprinter units On our railways, the Sprinter family of diesel multiple units have formed the mainstay of provincial services for nearly 30 years. Today, they are still common with Greater Manchester and South Wales happy hunting grounds for the DMUs. With longer distance routes covered by more modern units…

Transpennine Express’ Electric Dreams Come True

New Class 350 EMUs to reach Ardwick by Christmas First/Keolis Transpennine Express’ already modern fleet is set to be augmented by ten 4-car electric trains.  The Siemens Desiro EMUs are set to reach Liverpool and Ardwick depots by December. The new trains will cost £60 million with the addition of EMU depots in Preston and…

HS2 Northern Section: East of the M60’s Verdict

East of the M60 on the High Speed Two proposals East of the M60 would like to apologise for the late arrival of this article and the inconvenience this has caused to your reading. So, £32 billion for a thousand or so miles of high speed track, new trains and new stations? Sounds good to…