Summer Bussing, Ever So Far: Summertime Fare Offers in Greater Manchester

Good clean bus fun for all the family, ages 5 and up

First Greater Manchester, Volvo B9TL, Wright Gemini Eclipse, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
From Carrbrook to Carrington, or Radcliffe to Ringway… the bus can be a great way of exploring Greater Manchester. Seen in this October 2012 shot is one of First Greater Manchester’s Volvo B9TLs on the 348 service to Carrbrook. Today, this service uses ‘A’ stand at Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station and is more likely to have Wright StreetLite single deckers on its route.

The summer holidays are in full swing. Yes, four to six weeks of “Mum, I’m bored”, or trying to find suitable childcare options. Or trying to budget for six weeks of lunches without breaking the bank. On some occasions you may wish to leave the house. A bus trip could be a good excuse for visiting Greater Manchester’s finest attractions, or somewhere further afield. Or for notching up your Pokémon Go score. Continue reading “Summer Bussing, Ever So Far: Summertime Fare Offers in Greater Manchester”

Metrolink Network Record Broken

Metro Racer beats previous attempt – almost an hour faster

Flexity Swift M5000 3054b, Ashton West

Even with the joys of Cornbrook Junction and the usual slow departure from Ashton-under-Lyne tram station, today saw Adham Fisher break his previous Metrolink record. Continue reading “Metrolink Network Record Broken”

Guinness World Record Holder Set to Tour Expanded Metrolink Network

Airport line and Ashton extension adds dimension to Metro Racer’s challenge

Adham Fisher
Record Breaker: Adham Fisher seen with Guinness World Records certificate for completing the whole New York Metro system in less than a day. Photograph by James Hissett.

Adham Fisher likes to ride public transport to extremes. In fact, he has held a Guinness World Record for doing just that. As seen above, he went to every New York Subway station in 22 hours, 26 minutes and two seconds. Very few urban rail networks are granted Guinness Records, but even if they aren’t, Fisher likes to apply the rules and navigate them as quickly as possible anyway. Continue reading “Guinness World Record Holder Set to Tour Expanded Metrolink Network”

Oldham and Tameside Bus Service Changes, Winter 2014: More Fine Tuning

Trams and traffic trigger changes

Fine Tuning: Minor retiming will affect some of Tameside’s bus services, possibly affected by the Metrolink.

In a earlier East of the M60 ‘…Service Changes’ post, we mentioned in great detail welcome improvements to the 180 and 184 services. In case you missed that post, the 180 service will operate every half hour on Monday to Saturday daytimes. The 184 service will be boosted by extra Sunday daytimes journeys and an improved peak hour service. In this case, vox populi was the victor thanks to consultation events in the Saddleworth area. Continue reading “Oldham and Tameside Bus Service Changes, Winter 2014: More Fine Tuning”

Town Centre Link Due for 27 January Opening

Union Street section on verge of opening

3071 on test outside Central station, Oldham.
Seen here is 3071, on test outside Central station, Oldham on the 13 December 2013.

After a series of test runs, the Union Street section of Oldham’s Metrolink line will be open on the 27 January. Continue reading “Town Centre Link Due for 27 January Opening”

Trams Return to Ashton After 75 Years

Metrolink set to reach Ashton-under-Lyne and Audenshaw next month

Ashton-under-Lyne tram testing (2)
Seen on test earlier this month, the Flexity Swift M5000 trams which will soon be a regular feature in Ashton.

From the 9th October this year, Ashton-under-Lyne will be connected to the Metrolink system, bridging a 75 year gap since its last tram left. The new service will offer Tameside residents another way in to Manchester, being an alternative to packed rail services to Manchester Victoria. Continue reading “Trams Return to Ashton After 75 Years”

Tram-tastic Record Broken by International Metro Racer

69 station network completed in just over five hours

Droylsden bound tram, Piccadilly
From station to station back to Radcliffe and Bury, meet Danny Boyle and Gary Neville…

Adham Fisher who has attempted the Guinness World Record for visiting every station on the London Underground as quickly as possible (Tube Challenge) 15 times, similarly navigated the new 69-station configuration of the Metrolink in just five hours, six minutes and 17 seconds on Wednesday 29 May, which is believed to be the current fastest time. With the closure of Mosley Street on 18 May and the latest extension to East Didsbury opening on 23 May, Fisher wanted to launch an attempt as soon as possible because records are reset when a network gains or loses stations. Continue reading “Tram-tastic Record Broken by International Metro Racer”

In Pictures: The Metrolink’s East Manchester Line and Rochdale Extension

Another collection of cheap and cheerful pictures from the two parts of the Metrolink’s newest additions

Rochdale tram station, disembarking
Rochdale’s newly opened tram station, and 3044 about to depart for Oldham and St. Werburgh’s Road.

The East Manchester Line has been open for almost a month, but other commitments have stopped me venturing along this stretch. Today, I decided to right this wrong and take in the newly opened Shaw to Rochdale extension as well. One bus into Droylsden later, I would continue my journey to Manchester and Rochdale on the tram.

Here’s the proof of the pudding… Continue reading “In Pictures: The Metrolink’s East Manchester Line and Rochdale Extension”

In Pictures: Opening Day of Shaw to Oldham Metrolink Line

Successful opening day of new extension in camera

Was it really three years, two months and two weeks since Shaw’s rail link was severed? Where did the time go? Most of it seemingly went by zombie style to Manchester or Oldham, either by car or aboard the 59. From today, the good people of Shaw and surrounding area got their rail link back, albeit in the form of the Metrolink.

Trams operate every 12 minutes seven days a week. Sunday services operate every 15 minutes with its 12 minute frequency in operation from 0900 to 1730. The 15 minute Sunday service equals the weekday frequency of the original British Rail/Northern Rail service, and a great improvement on the predecessor’s Sunday operations.

There has been a positive response to the extension with reports of the first tram from Shaw, at 0650 this morning, being packed! Metrolink staff were there to help passengers board their trams and purchase their tickets. Photography was also encouraged with enthusiasts seen outside Shaw, Derker and Oldham Mumps tram stations.

For now, I shall let the pictures do the talking… Continue reading “In Pictures: Opening Day of Shaw to Oldham Metrolink Line”

Metrolink Reaches Shaw and Derker for Christmas

Section between Oldham Mumps and Shaw opens this Sunday

Oldham Mumps Metrolink station
Oldham Mumps Metrolink station, which, prior to Sunday is the terminus of the Oldham – St. Werburgh’s Road service. After Sunday, the trams will reach Shaw and Crompton.

What a nice surprise! Following last week’s announcement regarding the East Manchester Line to Droylsden, we are happy to announce more Metrolink related good news. Following recent tests, the Manchester to Oldham Mumps section of the Oldham-Rochdale Loop Line will be extended to Shaw. From Sunday, trams will call additionally at Derker and Shaw and Crompton stations. Continue reading “Metrolink Reaches Shaw and Derker for Christmas”