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 have been enhanced with the retention of an hourly all-stations service. We also suggested that Stalybridge should have been given a stop on Transpennine Express’ service from Liverpool Lime Street to Newcastle Central. Continue reading “Skipstopageddon: Reading Between the Lines on Tameside’s Train Torment”

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, June 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

June’s window on the shop windows

  • Mo’s life celebrated by community singing group;
  • The Cotton Bale reopens;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.
Trinity Street, Stalybridge (colour)
The Whit Walks on Trinity Street, Stalybridge.

Last month’s sunny weather brought a much needed smile to our faces, as seen in our picture of the Whit Walks in Stalybridge. On the flip side it has also been a time for reflection; not only for the 22 people who died in the Manchester Arena terror attack, but also a well known local figure.

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In Pictures: Highlights of the Stalybridge Whit Walks, 2018

Stalybridge’s Whit Walks, 20 May 2018

As with Dukinfield’s walks, the same great sunny weather came to Stalybridge’s Whit Walks. The attendance that afternoon was higher than Dukinfield’s walks though seen by some as being down on last year’s gathering. Continue reading “In Pictures: Highlights of the Stalybridge Whit Walks, 2018”

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 and Transpennine Express’ timetables. If you regularly travel by train from Ashton-under-Lyne to Mossley, you might need to pour yourself a stiff drink. Continue reading “Skip-Stop Is Coming! Timetable Trauma Threatens Trans-Pennine Links”

Roberts Bakery Band: A Saturday Brass Special at the Boarshurst Band Club

A sensational concert featuring a great soloist and a highly regarded brass band composer

In the midst of the hottest May Day Bank Holiday weekend since records began, Roberts Bakery Band gave us a real scorcher of a concert. As well as giving us a superb programme, there was two key ingredients which set their concert apart from several others seen at Boarshurst Band Club.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, May 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

May’s window on the shop windows

  • Stalybridge grieves for well loved greengrocer;
  • Tameside at sharp end of latest bank closures;
  • Sainsburys swoop for ASDA;
  • Two new Micro Pubs;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne

Spring should be well and truly on its way. We should be thinking about better weather, cherry blossom. Sadly in the last month, there has been little to cheer about.

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(Still) A Grand Old Team to See: Fourteen Days Which Knackered The ‘Bridge

A relieved Stuart Vallantine looks back upon Stalybridge Celtic’s turbulent 2017 – 2018 season in his own inimitable way.

Two external forces have had an effect on my beloved team’s season in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. One has had a positive one; another one was a huge negative. The ‘R’ word featured in both of them; it is not the ‘R’ word you may be thinking of. Continue reading “(Still) A Grand Old Team to See: Fourteen Days Which Knackered The ‘Bridge”

Stalybridge Old Band: A Sunday Brass Special at the Boarshurst Band Club

A memorable concert with a rare guest appearance from Steven Booth

In a packed Boarshurst Band Club, last night’s concert with Stalybridge Old Band was well and truly a night to remember. As with last August’s concert, David Ashworth’s band gave us a well thought out programme. There was plenty of traditional brass band favourites as well as a side serving of early Fleetwood Mac.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, April 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

April’s window on the shop windows

Hyde, Ashton-Under-Lyne and Oldham
In about ten years time from Smabs Sputzer’s [2012] image, this scene will change dramatically. Since then, the TAC building has been demolished with its replacement due to be finished by the end of this year. Plus you can see Ashton’s IKEA store from the International Space Station.
  • Mettricks to leave Stalybridge;
  • State of local economy inspires aspirant councillors;
  • Claire’s Accessories, Bargain Booze and Select Fashion in trouble;
  • Prince of Orange’s transformation completed;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

We hope you have had a Happy Easter. Hopefully, whilst you are reading this, you would have polished off your chocolate eggs, ate the last slice of Simnel Cake, or seen the Manchester Derby fixture.

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