Metrolink Extensions: Where Next?

East of the M60 looks at where future Metrolink lines could be added Nearly thirty years ago, Piccadilly Gardens was in a state of flux. A temporary state of flux as a revolutionary transport project was under construction. One that became a poster child for a new wave of tramway systems across the UK.

The Shape of Bus Fares Before and During Franchised Bus Operations

The state of Greater Manchester’s bus fares before and during franchised bus operations Greater Manchester has over thirty different bus operators. At present, this means over thirty different fare tables. Over sixty should you count half fares within the City Region. Once you get into cross-boundary operations, there are two or more sets of concessionary…

Bus Regulation The Musical: The Review

How Ellie Harrison’s show brought us fifty years of Greater Manchester transport history on wheels Bus Regulation The Musical. Manchester Art Gallery, 28 September 2019 (2pm and 3pm). Produced by Ellie Harrison. I could think of several ways of spending half an hour of my leisure time. One is listening to the entire ‘B’ side…

Our Network: Tameside’s Future Transport Network in Greater Manchester

Why Andy Burnham has moved one step closer to bus franchising and how this affects Tameside Greater Manchester is one step closer to seeing off Nicholas Ridley’s free market experiment. A free market experiment that has seen a 45% drop in bus patronage in Greater Manchester. An experiment which has seen swingeing cuts to the…

Metrolink Doubles Ashton Frequency

Ashton-under-Lyne trams every six minutes from 28 January 2019 For nearly six years, the Metrolink has offered Ashtonians a third way of getting to Manchester city centre. With trams every twelve minutes, it is a more convenient option than the train, despite the latter mode’s faster journey times. For many passengers from Ashton to Manchester,…

When Manchester Corporation and SELNEC Delivered Parcels

Did you know that Manchester Corporation and its successors used to offer parcel delivery services? Today’s shoppers have a plethora of parcel companies at their disposal. In addition to Royal Mail plc, the likes of DPD, Amazon, Hermes and TNT compete for each customer. Parcels can also be retrieved from lockers in urban centres or…

A Beginner’s Guide to Metrolink Zonal Fares

How Transport for Greater Manchester’s zonal fares for Metrolink trams will work Travelling by rail-based transport in and around Greater Manchester can be a pain in the you know whats at times. On Network Rail metals, walk-on fares, advance purchase fares, and peak hour restrictions add to the confusion. If you take a Metrolink tram,…

How Stagecoach Manchester is Remembering the Fallen

Remembrance Sunday display to remember the 310 Manchester Corporation Tramways Department employees killed in action Free bus travel for Armed Forces personnel on production of HM Forces ID card on Remembrance Sunday; Stagecoach Manchester buses seen wearing poppies; Activity supports the British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ campaign marking 100 years since the end of the First…

Northern Rail Strike: Six Saturdays of Industrial Action This Autumn

Arriva Rail North Saturday strikes: how they will affect passengers east of the M60 motorway After two months without strike action, there has been no sign of a resolution between Arriva Rail North and the RMT union. From Saturday [25 August], industrial action will resume on services operated by Arriva Rail North’s Northern franchise.

Coming Up For Air: Great Rural Adventures in Greater Manchester

East of the M60‘s selection of suitable rural and semi-rural jollies in Greater Manchester The 21st June isn’t only noted for the Summer Solstice these days. It is also noted for Clean Air Day. Transport for Greater Manchester, alongside a number of local authorities across the UK, have raised awareness of this day. TfGM hasn’t…