Cross Processed Trams 3047 and 3068

Metrolink Extensions: Next Stop, Stalybridge?

East of the M60 looks at the possibility of trams returning to Stalybridge

It is 90 years ago since Stalybridge saw its last trams. Back then, the trams were facing competition with local express bus routes. In 1931, the Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, and Dukinfield Joint Tramway and Electricity Board began to phase out trams and replace most of its tram cars with buses.

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The Clippercard Makes a Comeback!

Clipper ticket resurrects spirit of the Clippercard on Metrolink trams

The Clippercard is dead… long live the Clippercard! Well, that’s how we may have reported on the self-cancelling ticket’s demise if East of the M60 was around in 2004. Years after the original ticket’s demise, Greater Manchester Transport’s ten-trips-for-the-price-of-nine tickets still carry fond memories. You might have travelled with a Clippercard by fair means (with a black plastic wallet) or foul (by boarding and passing the card on to your friend).

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MCT Travel Enviro200, MX12 DZE, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

Ashton Interchange Works: Temporary Stand Changes, 11 February 2020

The bus stands they are a changin’

As the construction of Ashton Bus Station Mark IV is months away from completion, there will be a few more stand changes to (what’s left of the) Mark III bus station.

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Cross Processed Trams 3047 and 3068

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.

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Ashton Bus Station By Night

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 city region’s bus routes and the shotgun divorce of GM Buses in 1994.

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Metrolink double vision

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, the bus offers a more convenient option – 12 buses per hour on the 216 and 219 routes alone.

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EM60's Metrolink Zonal Map

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, another set of fares again but help is at hand, thanks to changes to its fare structure.

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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.

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Tameside (Ashton-under-Lyne) Interchange Works: Temporary Stand Changes

Plans to move Tameside buses closer to trams now a step closer

Stagecoach Manchester MAN, MX54 LRV, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
From the 24 June 2018, Stand N will be no more. Therefore the 345 service (as seen above) will move to R stand on Gas Street, opposite the (now closed) rear entrance of Boots The Chemist.

As soon as the last bus leaves Ashton-under-Lyne bus station on Saturday 23 June 2018, Stands J to R will be closed to make way for Ashton Bus Station Mark IV.

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Northern Rail Strike: Two Days of Industrial Action During Whit Week

The latest Arriva Rail North strike dates, and how they will affect passengers east of the M60 motorway

Following a recent spate of cancellations and fundamental changes to our rail timetables, more passengers could be taking to their cars on Thursday and Saturday. Those two days (24 and 26 May) will see continued strike action from Northern guards.

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