My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 30, 2015

In the eye of the storm 

Sadly, my stint in Bredbury only lasted till the 30 January. In one way, it meant being free from the worst excesses of the A560. Then I existed on bits of work to avoid the DWP’s weaponised regime on unemployed people. This meant a brief return to Oldham (for odd copywriting and coding jobs), and the possibility of S.V. going it alone as a freelancer.

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My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 29, 2014

The storm after the lull 

By 2014, I was working elsewhere in Greater Manchester. This time in Stockport (well, Bredbury to be precise), so most of my observations of the bus scene were biased towards the 330 route. The Young Auties’ pass proved to be a godsend for peak hour journeys and the odd journey to West Yorkshire.

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My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 28, 2013

An uneasy peace 

One of the fringe benefits of working in Oldham was getting in touch with the Rochdale and Oldham bus scene. Compared with the uneasy peace of the Dukinfield scene, 2013 was an interesting year. Professionally for me, it was a mixed year with an appalling second half.

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My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 27, 2012

Throw those displays wide, one year like this would…

In 2011, East of the M60‘s 26 part series, My Life in the Company of Buses finished at (quelle surprise) 2011. The original series of posts were written to document the first 25 years of bus deregulation. Both on a personal level and in relation to the bus scene in Dukinfield.

With 2016 marking the 30th anniversary of bus deregulation, East of the M60 thought it was the done thing to bring the saga to 2016. A lot has happened in the five years since October 2011. Not always for the better.

A week after I completed the original saga, I was on one of these Workfare type jobbies. In 2011, getting more than two weeks free labour out of you was (and remains) unethical. Being on the same placement six months later with no job at the end, unforgivable. Had East of the M60 met its maker in 2012, this fellow may have followed suit and become a ‘success’ in the eyes of the then Home Secretary.

Instead, I am here to start the next parts of My Life in the Company of Buses. Sit back, relax, and take the next bus to 2012. Continue reading “My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 27, 2012”

In Defence of ENCTS: Why Concessionary Travel is a Social Good

How reduced rate travel connects people with places, and does so very well

First Greater Manchester YJ51 RAU, Ashton Bus Station
YJ51 RAU a Volvo B7TL seen on the 389 service at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station to Hyde via Ridge Hill and Yew Tree estates.

 

This week saw mixed messages for passengers on the national concessionary travel scheme. To start with, a 36 year old disabled man won £5,500 damages after it was stated his local bus operator breached the 2010 Equality Act. He was denied access to a Leeds bound bus as a woman with a pushchair refused to budge. Continue reading “In Defence of ENCTS: Why Concessionary Travel is a Social Good”

My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 26, 2011

iGo with TfGM’s Subsidised Routes at Greater Expense to Glossop Than I Did Two Years Ago 

For me and the bus network, 2011 is proving to be a difficult year, with Greater Manchester’s councils, the newly formed TfGM and myself strapped for cash. Myself through redundancy, the first two by savage cuts imposed on the North of England by the ConDems.

Other than that, I have tried to keep my bus miles to a maximum, partly to keep in touch with the vagaries of Greater Manchester’s bus network. This has had the dual effect of getting myself out of the house and enabling me to hone my photography skills. Continue reading “My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 26, 2011”

My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 25, 2010

Almost Full Circle

I was tiring of the indifferent commute to and from Altrincham, though this was compensated by the relaxed environment of my latest employer. Though the customers didn’t exactly come in thick and fast, it was good being able to drink tea with a kettle rather than a vending machine. Continue reading “My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 25, 2010”

My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 24, 2009

The Continuing Saga of the Metamorphic 343 Route

I was made redundant from my steady job in the centre of Manchester and put on gardening leave for six weeks prior to the end of my contract. Then I walked into another post, in the centre of Altrincham. Even so I still found time for serious bus bashing, whether intentionally or otherwise. Continue reading “My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 24, 2009”

My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 23, 2008

Concessions, Congestion Charging and ConDems

Ever one for backing a lost cause, I was in favour of the Transport Innovation Fund proposals. This was not borne out of hatred for petrolheads (the Congestion Charging element), but a yearning for a world class transport network (or the semblance of one). One which has been constantly denied to Mancunians since the aborted Picc-Vic Project.

Slowly but surely, Top Gear Tim and his petrolhead mates consigned GMPTE’s proposals to the dustbin (Was it the green one? No, I think it was the blue one, maybe the black one, or the one with pink and yellow dots on). Continue reading “My Life in the Company of Buses: Dukinfield and Bus Deregulation: Part 23, 2008”

Fares Unfair #2: Does the Taxi Work Out Cheaper than Bus Fares?

Is the taxi really more expensive than bus fares in the Tameside area?

One of the great joys about living in the Tameside area is its proximity to the centre of Manchester and how each of the nine towns are close to each other. It is possible to walk to the next town from another within one hour if you are quite healthy. Its canals and arterial roads offer potential for cyclists to travel cheaply. The density of the borough also allows for good bus territory. Continue reading “Fares Unfair #2: Does the Taxi Work Out Cheaper than Bus Fares?”