350 North West Bus Drivers Fly South for the Summer

Stagecoach drivers set to play key role in London 2012 Olympic Games 

  • Large scale bus operation for athlete and media transport;
  • Additional rail services for spectators;
  • 350 bus drivers from North West England to be part of the games
Enviro 200 MX11 HGF, Stagecoach Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
From Carlisle to Sharston: Stagecoach’s North West and Manchester operations will form an integral link in the success of London 2012’s bus operation.

With only three to four weeks to go till the Olympic Games, it has been confirmed that Stagecoach’s bus and rail operations will play a key part in the efficient transportation for athletes, spectators and press between venues. More than 2,630 bus drivers and support staff from the Orkney Islands to Dover and Eastbourne will be deployed, following selection by LOCOG, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. There will also be extra trains added to Stagecoach’s South West Trains and East Midlands Trains rail franchises, and special tickets for spectators. Continue reading “350 North West Bus Drivers Fly South for the Summer”

Mancunian Oystercard Online for 2013 Release

TfGM gains £32.5 million grant for a ‘Digital ClipperCard’ scheme

The Future of Greater Manchester’s Transport: our impression of how TfGM’s Oyster Card may look (Logo © 2011 Transport for Greater Manchester)

In most parts of the United Kingdom, outside of London, changing from bus to train incurs a financial penalty. If a passenger travels from Leigh to Southport, the quickest way on public transport would involve two sets of tickets: a FirstDay ticket for the 582 to Atherton, then a return ticket from Atherton to Southport. Continue reading “Mancunian Oystercard Online for 2013 Release”

Lost Railway Services of Greater Manchester: The European

The story of Manchester’s former Boat Train service to Harwich Parkeston Quay

The European (Glasgow Central - Harwich Parkeston Quay) map

Since the Edwardian times, Manchester Victoria station’s canopy and tiled map proudly advertised the fact it was possible to travel from there to Leeds and the Hook of Holland. Its ticket office windows also reflect the scale of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway’s ambitions. Today, the railway station is a shadow of its former self, with only six platforms (down from 17) and a leaky roof. Alas, it is almost impossible to get to the Hook of Holland from Victoria without changing at Leeds.

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