Enviro400, First Greater Manchester, Oldham bus station

First Manchester Strike Starts Tomorrow

‘Reasonable offer’ not good enough for drivers set to strike

This coming Monday, First Manchester’s drivers are set to go on strike over pay and conditions. Over the last two years, Britain’s bus drivers have been at the sharp end of the pandemic through staff absences, sickness and deteriorating pay and conditions. This has been exacerbated by more favourable pay and conditions in the haulage industry.

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We Need to Talk About Flowery Field Station

Is Flowery Field railway station really as bad as the reviews make it out to be?

Firstly, here’s what The Great Travelling Public have said about Tameside’s second newest railway station:

“Absolutely horrible im [sic] from woodsmoor and this platform is absolutely ugly and scruffy”

“proper scally asbo style”

“Name does not reflect the dump”

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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 31 October 2021

A pithy set of changes for Halloween

If the latest set of service changes for Tameside and Glossop bus passengers were a horror film, it gives us great pleasure to say it is Andy Pandy Takes the Ghost Train instead of Night of the Living Dead or Threads. This autumn’s set of changes are minor one – mainly the retiming of existing routes.

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Arcades Shopping Centre and open market

Ashton-under-Lyne Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 10 October 2021

Audience profit from highly enjoyable concert

Boarshurst Band Club’s journey back to brass gave us another enjoyable concert. This time with a brass band that was formed four years before last week’s band. As with last week’s concert, there was a welcome airing of one or two classic pieces. Though with half the number of solos as last week’s concert, a case of ‘quality not quantity’.

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Lego GMT Standard double decker

Stalybridge Bus Station: A 2030 Vision

The shape of things to come with an all-singing and all-dancing bus/train/tram interchange

It has been a while since you could transfer from three modes of transport in Stalybridge town centre. 90 years ago to be precise. If you count trolleybuses as a third mode, that was 61 years ago.

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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 05 September 2021

All the latest back to school bus times and the usual changes

  • Stagecoach Manchester routes revert to winter timetable;
  • New Sheffield connection for Hyde passengers;
  • Late night 409 journeys to Ashton restored.

For the first time in a while, Tameside’s latest service changes make for more positive reading. Evening journeys will be boosted on one of our trunk routes and Hyde is going to get direct bus links to Manchester Airport, Sheffield and Macclesfield.

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Wilko, Ashton-under-Lyne (Tameside One)

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, August 2021: The Ashton Review of Shops

Welcome back to your window on the Tameside shop windows

After two months away from looking at the shop windows, The Ashton Review of Shops is back on East of the M60. The creator of this blog has been busier with other activities related to his job and has spent less time in his locality.

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And Then There Was Three: Revisiting a 1982 Dukinfield Pub Crawl

What became of the eleven pubs that Dave Hale visited on a Dukinfield pub crawl in 1982?

In 1982, the Campaign for Real Ale in Greater Manchester printed a monthly magazine called What’s Doing It started out as a typewritten newsletter in 1975 with five A5 pages. It was published till 2006 by Neil Richardson, who was known for his local history books. Though Manchester and Salford focused, it gave some coverage to the Rochdale Oldham and Bury, and High Peak and North East Cheshire CAMRA branches.

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A Foodie Based Recovery for Stalybridge?

Is the way into Stalybridge’s heart through our stomachs?

The 23rd and 24th July 2021 has been a spectacular two days for Stalybridge town centre. From 6pm to 9pm, shoppers descended on Armentieres Square for Foodie Friday – the first of six monthly pop-up markets for gastrophiles. Within minutes of opening, the town centre was packed with shoppers on Melbourne Street, Grosvenor Street and Trinity Street.

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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 25 July 2021

Summer times, and the changes are minimal (and somewhat predictable)

  • Summer times on Stagecoach Manchester;
  • Diggle link ditched from 356 route;
  • Peak hour duplicates nixed after scrapping of social distancing requirement on buses.

Within a week of HM Government’s Freedom Day®, some degree of normality is restored on our bus routes. Firstly, with it being summertime (and the schools breaking up for the five-week or six-week holidays), we shall be seeing the faster summer times on many of Stagecoach’s routes. Secondly, with the requirements for social distancing scrapped, our peak hour duplicates on trunk routes have gone the same way.

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