Introducing the Saddleworth Rambler: Nexus Move’s New 356 Service

A look at Saddleworth’s exciting new shuttle service

On Monday 09 April 2018, Andy Buckley and David Littlewood opened another chapter in the history of Saddleworth bus operation. From the turning circle in Denshaw, David Littlewood was Nexus Move’s first passenger aboard the new 356 service to Uppermill and Greenfield. He was chauffeured to his destination by Andy Buckley in a silver 67-reg Volkswagen minibus.
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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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Cambridge Analytica: “We Already Know Who’s Won Whit Friday”

East of the M60 World Exclusive:

Cambridge Analytica’s Northern Chief’s startling revelations which could shake the Whit Friday brass band contests to their very foundations

In the last month, Channel Four News, plus The Guardian and The Observer newspapers have exposed Cambridge Analytica’s role in the EU Referendum and Donald Trump’s election victory. This has entailed the use of social media and behavioural insights to influence swaying voters.

Tonight, East of the M60 can reveal that Cambridge Analytica have opened a new Northern outpost. Situated in a former rifle range with stunning views of the Tame Valley, Cambridge Analytica’s Northern Area base has seen the addition of 33 jobs. There are rumours that Stott’s Tours’ 343 service will be extended to serve its employees (sources from CA said the changes will be made on the 23 July 2018). Continue reading “Cambridge Analytica: “We Already Know Who’s Won Whit Friday””

In Pictures: The Last Days of Mercedes Citaro Operation in Tameside and Oldham

A fond farewell to First Greater Manchester’s longest serving single decker buses

Today [31 March 2018] marked the end of an era in First Greater Manchester’s 22-year history of bus operation. Their Mercedes Citaro single decker buses have been retired from revenue earning service. A popular sight in mainland Europe, the Mercedes Citaro bus has had a mixed reaction on these shores. They are seen as the bus equivalent of the ‘Burning Bush’ valve radio due to their combustibility.

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Stalybridge Celtic: Your Local Club Needs You

Why Stalybridge Celtic Football Club, more than ever, needs your support

Spectators
Spectators: The More The Merrier: Stalybridge Celtic Football Club desperately need some more bums on seats and feet on terraces several times over. Image by Matthew Wilkinson, 2011 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

On the 22 April 2017, Stalybridge Celtic Football Club were relegated from the National League North Division of the National League. Their fall from the sixth tier of English football to the seventh tier came as no surprise to many fans. The ‘Bridge had had struggled in the lower reaches of National League North in the five years prior to their relegation. Away wins were rarer than UK Number One singles by an artiste other than Drake or Ed Sheeran. Continue reading “Stalybridge Celtic: Your Local Club Needs You”

The Ray Mill Fire: How Stagecoach Manchester Drivers Kept Manchester Moving

How 63 drivers responded to the Ray Mill fire in Stalybridge

Stagecoach Manchester MAN, MX54 LRV, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Business as usual: thanks to 63 quick-thinking drivers, emergency plans to keep Tameside and East Manchester moving saw minimal disruption to Stagecoach Manchester services.

Last Saturday night/Sunday morning, a huge fire engulfed Ray Mill on Tame Street, Stalybridge. Built in 1907 it was seen for miles around from many a passing train, numerous 343 buses, and local hills. Like its long demolished sister mill, Victor Mill, it was one of Courtauld’s Stalybridge cotton mills.

Before Saturday night, Ray Mill was home to a number of small businesses. There was also an highly acclaimed dance studio. It was also one of the last mills in Stalybridge to cease cotton spinning. Previous occupants had included the double glazing company Warmshield.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes Extra (Spring 2018)

Further bus service changes and retimings which affect Oldham and Saddleworth passengers

First Greater Manchester Mercedes Citaro, W349 RJA, Oldham bus station
A Mercedes Citaro on the 425 service to Fitton Hill, seen loading at Oldham bus station.

Since our little look at the future shape of Oldham’s and Saddleworth’s bus routes, a few more changes have been announced in the last fortnight. We now know more about the 59’s early morning journeys. Once again there are changes in store for the 408 route (no change there, then).

Like the Tameside and Glossop addendum, please treat this one as a companion to our more comprehensive bulletin (published on 07 March 2018).
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes Extra (Spring 2018)

Further changes to Tameside and Glossop’s bus network

Four In A Row, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station
A row of MCT Travel buses seen in front of a Stagecoach Manchester single decker.

In the last fortnight, further changes have been announced for Tameside’s bus network by First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester. Many of which are minor retimings to existing timetables. To get the full benefit of this post, please treat this as a companion of our more comprehensive bulletin that we published on Wednesday 07 March 2018.
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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Spring 2018

Changes to Saddleworth routes see new shuttle service

  • New Saddleworth service to make up for lost Denshaw connections;
  • Farewell to the 82 night bus.
Stotts Tours, Dennis Dart SLF LJ56 ONK, Yorkshire Street, Oldham
Business as usual: Oldham escapes the worst of this spring’s service changes.

For once, Oldham passengers can sleep soundly with this spring’s changes. With the exception of Saddleworth’s bus routes, there will be some slight changes and operator revisions.
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