Full Size Automated Bus Begins Depot Trials

Stagecoach Manchester tests the world’s first autonomous bus at Sharston depot For several years, Greater Manchester has been at the forefront of revolutionary developments in passenger transport. Almost 50 years ago, the Chloride battery bus – an all battery powered single decker bus – led to today’s electric vehicles. Yesterday, as seen on North West…

Go-Ahead Given Go Ahead for First’s Manchester Operations

FirstGroup agree to £11.17m sale of Queens Road depot to The Go-Ahead Group In a few months time, the sight of a First Greater Manchester bus on the 53 service will be a thing of the past. As seen on both First Greater Manchester’s and The Go-Ahead Group’s websites, First Greater Manchester’s Queens Road depot will change hands for £11.17…

Red Star: When Parcels by Rail Were Faster By Far

Who remembers Red Star Parcels when you could send your worldly goods by train? Once upon a time, not so long ago, we used to deliver a lot of our post by rail. Before the late 1980s, our newspapers came by train. Such was the importance of Travelling Post Office trains, mail trains used to…

Coming to Greater Manchester: 60 All-Electric Buses

TfGM, Stagecoach, First, and MCT Travel gain funding under Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme TfGM wins funding for 23 all-electric vehicles with 3 going to MCT Travel and 12 to First Greater Manchester; Stagecoach Manchester wins £6.9m support funding for 32 zero emissions buses and associated infrastructure; One of Europe’s biggest green e-bus fleets to…

FirstGroup to Quit Greater Manchester Bus Operations

Got a spare £20m? First Greater Manchester are selling its bus operations to rival operators in the conurbation First Greater Manchester is set to quit Greater Manchester, as the transport conglomerate reviews its operations across the UK. The fourth largest part of the FirstGroup bus empire has recorded sharp losses in the last year. Its…

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,…

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 27 January 2019

A low key affair – unless you want to visit Foxdenton Hall and Gardens from Middleton 415 rerouted during daytimes; All the usual timetable tweaks. In a marked contrast to the forthcoming changes facing Tameside bus passengers, this month’s set of changes is a quiet one for Oldham bus passengers. For some passengers, retimings are the…

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 27 January 2019

Hyde gains enhanced South Manchester links at Ashton’s expense 168 rerouted and renumbered as 150; Boosted 7 and 230 services bridge gap left by 168’s withdrawal; 217 service rerouted via Ashton Old Road; Plus the usual slight tweaks. If you live in the Stagecoach part of Tameside, our borough is at the sharp end of…

The Duffers’ Guide to Rail Operations #2: Sleeper Trains

A rough guide to nocturnal and, mainly horizontal, travel options Imagine boarding a long distance train by night and waking up in another part of the world the following morning. In another country, or another part of the country. Most of the great long distance trains, for example the Trans-Siberian Express, traverse more than one…

RingGo No No: Parking Scheme Paused: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

Tameside MBC pauses controversial parking scheme in Ashton-under-Lyne After a miserable Christmas for Ashton’s shopkeepers, a controversial parking scheme has been paused by Tameside MBC. From the 07 January 2019 at 2pm, the smartphone and text message based RingGo service was suspended. It has been criticised for alienating, mainly elderly drivers, who prefer to pay…