Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 21 July 2019

First pulls out of 346 route but, other than that, usual summertime changes Besides the usual raft of summer timetable changes, the only significant change affects one route that has been shared by two or more operators for nearly three decades.

Seven Different Ways of Rediscovering Greater Manchester By Bus

East of the M60’s look at seven unusual ways of rediscovering Greater Manchester – by bus A bus is for life, not just for schoolchildren. It is, like it or not, Greater Manchester’s most popular form of public transport. With Andy Burnham on the verge of re-regulating all of Greater Manchester’s bus routes, there is…

Beating Heart of Ashton Depot Retires After 49 Years Continuous Service

Peter Riley clocks out for the last time after nearly half a century in the bus industry Cast your mind back to 1970. 49 years ago, another English international side reached a World Cup Semi Final (as defending champions). SELNEC launched a new bus route from Bolton to Stockport known as the Trans-Lancs Express. On…

Armed Forces Day: Free Bus Travel for Armed Forces Personnel

Greater Manchester bus operators join forces in offering free travel for armed forces personnel Today, Armed Forces Day is a chance for the public to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. From currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. In Greater Manchester, three of the…

FirstGroup Restructuring: Sale of Bolton Depot to Rotala

Reorganisation of First Greater Manchester to leave Oldham as its only depot In the continuing saga of First Greater Manchester’s contraction, FirstGroup have announced the sale of their Bolton depot to Rotala plc. The transfer of its Weston Street garage, over 500 staff and 18 bus routes is expected to be completed within months.

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…

What Can You Do With a Fallen Pacer?

Department For Transport launches scheme to bring new life to withdrawn Pacer units Has April Fool’s Day 2020 been brought forward? The Department For Transport have conjured up a wheeze to bring new life to the Pacer family of trains. What you may be relieved to find is that continued use on our permanent way…

Sale Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 26 May 2019

A Bank Holiday weekend bonanza of a concert In the last eighteen months, we have seen how Sale Brass have grown as a band. A lot of it has been due to the hard work of John Anderson. Early last year they clinched a Second Place sectional prize at the Butlins Mineworkers’ contest in Skegness….

Wired For Sound! Audio Visual Announcement Trial for Stockport Bus Routes

Stagecoach Manchester to experiment with audio visual announcements on 23 and 325 services If you travel by train, tram, or tube, you may be familiar with the sight of audio visual displays on your usual journey. Your friendly LED display might say “Next stop, Cockfosters” or “the next stop is Ashton-under-Lyne where this service terminates”.