Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Winter 2017

It’s oh so quiet… for once

  • Change of operator for 341 service;
  • First, Stagecoach, and High Peak retimings.
Enviro400 MMC SN16 OUC, Stagecoach Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station
The 216 service: unchanged in this season’s retimings.

Between the 29 October 2017 and the 28 January 2018, there will be few service changes in Tameside and Glossop. Of those affected by the Winter 2017 changes, High Peak bore the brunt. Retiming forms the bulk of this season’s round up.
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Public Libraries: As Good Today As They Have Ever Been

For National Libraries Week, East of the M60 looks at why public libraries have an important role in the 21st century

Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield
The first love for many bibliophiles: your local library, such as Dukinfield Library on Concord Way, which opened in November 1984.

Thank goodness for public libraries. With a parent or primary school teacher, they have helped ten of millions of Britons (or billions around the world) to get hooked on reading. Some, like this gentleman, have chosen the TV Times or the Manchester Evening News as their gateway drug (prior to borrowing their first book). Each day, many people call in for their literary fix. They come back for more every three weeks, sometimes carrying up to twelve items with them.

Whether Jackie Collins, Lewis Carroll or O.S. Nock, they can get sucked into a world of uncharted lands, plot lines, or travel back in time. Its mind altering substances, in hardback, paperback, or large print forms, are the written word. A psychosomatic substance for the theatre of the mind, dependent on one’s chosen interests.
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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, October 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

  • Rififi and Amber Lounge reopens – with new name and new look;
  • Hyde United flies flag for Tameside in the F.A. Cup;
  • Papa Johns latest addition to Ashton-under-Lyne’s retail offerings;
  • Plus all the other retail movements.

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‘Rough Streets’ Sweep Community Radio Awards

Two Gold Awards for Tameside Radio, and a Silver Award for Oldham Community Radio

At the 2017 Community Radio Awards, it was a good night for Tameside Radio and Oldham Community Radio at The Station in Bristol. Both Tameside Radio and Oldham Community Radio were nominated for three awards and picked up two apiece. Continue reading “‘Rough Streets’ Sweep Community Radio Awards”

The X67: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

Remembering Manchester’s express route to Chesterfield which, at one time, continued to Lincoln

Chesterfield ... where to catch a bus.
The East Midland Bus Station has changed dramatically since North Western Road Car Company was one of the X67’s joint operators. Image by Barry W*******, 2011. (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

Once upon a time, almost fifty years ago, it was possible to cross the Pennines by bus from Manchester, via a number of different routes. Without a change of bus en route. Today, there are only three routes where you can do just that. Two of which are National Express coach services: the 351 to Sheffield, and the 060 to Leeds via the M62. The only proper service bus to do that is First Greater Manchester’s 184 service to Huddersfield. Continue reading “The X67: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special”

Bus App Now Supports Apple Pay and Android Pay

Stagecoach Manchester’s smartphone app adds another way of paying for bus travel

Fruit - Juicy Red Shiny Apples
Fruit-based device payment channels are now welcome on Stagecoach Manchester buses. Image by Digital Desktop Wallpapers (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

With the recent launch of Transport for Greater Manchester’s GetMeThere hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons, Stagecoach Manchester’s recent upgrade was trouble free. This week, they have integrated Apple Pay and Android Pay facilities through the Stagecoach Bus smartphone app.

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J.A. Griffiths’ Bus Routes: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

A look at the 223 and 227 routes from Hyde

#4 Obsolete
A steam engine shed in Dinting formerly part of the Dinting Railway Centre, close to the terminus of the long forgotten 227 service. Image by Trevor King (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

The start of bus deregulation gave us a mix of smaller operators, trying to muscle in on the big boys’ territory. Some had great success, identifying niche markets and developing new bus routes. Among the new wave of bus operators were established coach operators. Some of which, like Mayne of Manchester, had operated buses in their earlier years, and prior to deregulation. Continue reading “J.A. Griffiths’ Bus Routes: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special”

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, September 2017: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows

Ashton Road From Crown Point, Denton, Lancashire
We think this image via Historic Photos – Lancashire dates from the 1950s. (Creative Commons License: Attribution – Some Rights Reserved).
  • Ashton Review of Shops is Up For The Cup;
  • Simply Clintons is up for the chop;
  • Hyde’s new store will sell you a chop, with a neat price drop;
  • Plus all the other retail movements.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2017

Trunk bus routes revert to schooldays timetable, whereas slimline Saddleworth Sunday route replaces two services

First Greater Manchester Alexander Dennis ALX400, YJ51 RCX, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
No change for the 409 service, loading at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station.

This autumn, Saddleworth passengers will be seeing the most fundamental service changes, thanks largely to departmental spending cuts affecting TfGM. In place of Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys on the 353 and 354 services, there will be a brand new route. On the plus side, another journey option for the people of Denshaw. On the minus side is a more modest frequency and some changes affecting the more southerly parts of Saddleworth.
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