Farewell to Chris’s Café: The Ashton Review of Shops Extra

Chris and Costa leave Ashton-under-Lyne after nearly 40 years

After 39 years of trading, Chris’s Café closed its door on the 04 August 2018. Situated on Bow Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, the café was a popular haunt with many shoppers. Its position opposite the open market was good for passing trade.

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

August’s window on the shop windows

  • Bridge Beers’ Summertime Success;
  • Poundworld’s demise confirmed;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.
The Commercial, Mossley
Changing Hands: The Commercial Hotel, Manchester Road, Mossley. Image by Mikey, 2012 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

What will the previous month be remembered for in future years? England reaching the Semi Finals of the World Cup? The moorland fires which affected half of Tameside’s residents? The warm weather? The first and third points may have brought riches to our publicans but a fair number of pubs are changing hands or disappearing.

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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Summer 2018

All the usual summertime tweaks

  • Waterton Lane link severed to improve reliability of 353 and 354 service;
  • Summertime bus times in operation on First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester routes;
  • Slight tweaks to some tendered services.
Stagecoach Manchester, Optare Solo PO56 RNY, Stalybridge
Retimed? the 340, alongside other Stagecoach journeys operated from Middleton depot, is down as retimed on the Stagecoach Manchester website. In fact, there are no differences to the timetable seen in TfGM’s Bus Guide on the 340 and 343 routes.

The summertime changes are usually quieter than the spring and autumn service changes. This summer’s no exception with the bulk of changes being the adoption of School Holiday Timetables.
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Poundworld Store Closures: The Ashton Review of Shops Extra

Details of Poundworld store closures in and around Tameside

Rochdale Poundworld
Staying put: Rochdale’s branch of Poundworld, not one of the 25 stores which are closing on Sunday 15 July.

In our last edition of The Ashton Review of Shops there was reference to Poundworld’s troubles and as to which branches are closing.

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

July’s window on the shop windows

  • Poundworld in administration;
  • New coffee shop coming to Hyde;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.
Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne
Going: Poundworld’s retail empire, well represented in the Tameside area.

This month’s weather has been glorious for shopping. Especially open-air shopping centres and open markets. Sadly, the same couldn’t have been said of recent reports; particularly the demise of Poundworld and The House of Fraser’s rationalisation. In our borough, more the former.

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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”

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”

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