Oldham and Tameside Bus Service Changes Extra (24 April 2022)

Two more late additions to the Spring 2022 service changes

In the last 24 hours, we have learned of two more service changes affecting Oldham and Tameside bus routes.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 24 April 2022

End of an era for two iconic bus routes with cuts to Chadderton bus route

How many black cats have the great travelling public of Oldham and Saddleworth run over to effect this spring’s set of changes? The latest set of service changes have seen Oldham and Rochdale at the sharpest end of the cutbacks.

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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 24 April 2022

Mottram roadworks and operator revisions main factor behind service changes

More than not, the biggest changes to Tameside’s bus routes occur in springtime. For the last two decades, the biggest cuts and operator changes are made at around that time of year.

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Elland Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 10 April 2022

Classy Elland Silver Band shine in a most entertaining concert

Of late, the brass banding gods have been smiling on those who go to brass band concerts in the South Pennines. Saturday night saw a welcome return to Uppermill Civic Hall for Black Dyke Band. Glossop Old Band Room finished off their season with Hammonds Band the following afternoon.

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Manchester Piccadilly Station Gets Its 15th and 16th Platforms At Last!

New plan solves through platform nightmare in considerably less time than anticipated

After years of limbo and rejection, Manchester Piccadilly will be getting its 15th and 16th platforms earlier than you think. By the time HS2 opens, it will be getting another two platforms taking it up to 18.

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Two Quid to Town! The Shape of Greater Manchester’s Bus Fares to Come in 2023

Forthcoming fare changes explained

After successfully fighting off a judicial review with Stagecoach Manchester and Diamond Bus North West, Greater Manchester’s bus fares will be cheaper in 2025 than in 2022. The court ruling, in favour of the office of The Mayor of Greater Manchester, means our City Region will be taking back control of its buses.

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Can You Do a Pub Crawl on the 350 Bus Route? A Top Beer Special

Top Beer looks at the must-visit pubs along one of Greater Manchester’s most scenic bus routes

Since 2009, the Rail Ale Trail has highlighted the joys of drinking in Saddleworth’s finest pubs, and one or two in Stalybridge, Mossley, and the Colne Valley villages. One downside of its (pre-pandemic) success was that it became a pain in the proverbials to police. There had had been reports of Marsden and Stalybridge succumbing to Bacchanalian excess.

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Hepworth Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (13 February 2022)

Quality rather than quantity makes for exciting concert programme

With only days to go to the Regional Finals, Hepworth Band proved they could challenge the likes of Black Dyke and Brighouse and Rastrick bands at Yorkshire Brass Band Championships in Huddersfield Town Hall. Throughout its concert, the live audience were taken on a musical journey that was ambitious yet engaging.

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Enviro400, First Greater Manchester, Oldham bus station

First Manchester Strike Starts Tomorrow

‘Reasonable offer’ not good enough for drivers set to strike

This coming Monday, First Manchester’s drivers are set to go on strike over pay and conditions. Over the last two years, Britain’s bus drivers have been at the sharp end of the pandemic through staff absences, sickness and deteriorating pay and conditions. This has been exacerbated by more favourable pay and conditions in the haulage industry.

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Time for a Cross-Boundary Bus Strategy?

England’s deregulated bus network has a fair few cross-boundary routes. Many are conventional stage carriage services where the travel-to-work area happens to be a county or unitary authority away. One example is the 237 route from Ashton-under-Lyne to Glossop via Stalybridge. Another one is the 125, a Stagecoach Gold route between Preston and Bolton.

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