Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 19 April 2020

A look at the more lasting changes that will affect Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers Though Oldham and Saddleworth passengers weren’t as badly affected by MCT Travel’s demise as those in Tameside, there are still a few significant changes. At the sharpest end of these changes will be Royton passengers, particularly with the 402 and…

An Absolute Beginners’ Architectural Guide to Oldham Cotton Mills

A potted guide for beginners about a dwindling part of Oldham’s landscape Ever since my formative years, the cotton mills in Oldham and Tameside have been a source of fascination for me. What piqued my interest was the sheer size of the buildings. Also how the early cotton mill architects predated Mies van der Rohr…

The Road Least Travelled: The Chadderton to Shaw Circular Route

Is this Greater Manchester’s most obscure bus route? If you mention the 22 in relation to Greater Manchester bus routes, the first one that springs to mind is the long withdrawn route from Bolton to Stockport. The one that has been split at the intu Trafford Centre of late, renumbered 2 and 25. Today, there…

Bury and Rochdale Bus Service Changes, 27 October 2019

Special Report: Transdev’s radical renumbering of local buses in Bury and Rochdale Bury and Rochdale local services renumbered; Plus tweaks to other bus routes in Rochdale and Bury. For the first time in East of the M60‘s existence, we shall be looking at the service changes affecting Bury and Rochdale passengers. As many of our…

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 27 October 2019

Saddleworth at sharp end of First service cuts Triple whammy of cuts for 180 route; 184 becomes Oldham – Huddersfield route with Sunday extension to Manchester; 425 route split and cut back. Have First Greater Manchester saved its most severe service cuts for Halloween? If you live in Greenfield, get County Cars’ number added to…

You Know You’ve Spent Too Long in Oldham If…

A wry look at the joys of East of the M60‘s other immediate locality Before local government reorganisation in 1974, Oldham was large enough to warrant its own County Borough. On the 01 April 1974, this was superseded by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, taking in part of the West Riding of Yorkshire and a few…

Go Cheapway… to Royton

A look at the small town along the 409 bus route The last five years have seen some upheaval for Royton. Some of which has been consistent with many small towns throughout the UK: bank closures, pub closures, and the rise of online shopping. Since 2012, issues of a Roytonian nature have affected the town’s shopping…

Enviro 400s Reach 409 Route

In pictures: First Greater Manchester’s latest addition and review Prior to disbandment in 1969, Manchester Corporation tried most of their innovations (trams, tram replacement and one man operation) on the 53 route. It was claimed that ‘if it worked on the 53, it would work anywhere else’ within the Manchester Corporation boundaries. Over the last…

Go Cheapway… to Tandle Hill

The idyllic woodland of Tandle Hill Park belies its footnote in labour history. Up to the Peterloo Massacre, it was a meeting place for Radicals and reputed to used for drilling and practicing up to the 16 August 1819. Following on from the events which led to the Great Reform Act and other progressive legislation,…