For National Libraries Week, East of the M60 looks at why public libraries have an important role in the 21st century
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. Continue reading “Public Libraries: As Good Today As They Have Ever Been”→
Remembering Manchester’s express route to Chesterfield which, at one time, continued to Lincoln
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”→
Stagecoach Manchester’s smartphone app adds another way of paying for bus travel
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.
Trunk bus routes revert to schooldays timetable, whereas slimline Saddleworth Sunday route replaces two services
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. Continue reading “Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2017”→