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 order of the day. If your regular bus is the 415 service, we have news for you; it is not very good news either.

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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 their latest changes. Most of the changes concern timetable retimings whereas the biggest change affects their East Manchester routes. By contrast, only one First Greater Manchester route has been affected by this month’s service changes.

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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 country. If you are an EU citizen, the journey from France to Czechia is as easy as one from Glasgow Central to London Euston (thanks to the lack of border controls in most of mainland Europe).

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Parking the Bus: Bus Routes That Share Numbers with Football Formations: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ever wondered which Greater Manchester bus routes share or shared their number with a football formation?

For many people, New Year’s Day isn’t only about giving up smoking, going on a diet, or alcohol abstinence. January sees the start of a 31-part soap opera known as The Transfer Window. Yes, it is that time of the year which leads to Transfer Deadline Day. The climax which sees Barclays Premier League and English Football League players change hands for silly money.

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Christmas Day On The Buses, Greater Manchester, 1986

Was 1986 the last year when Greater Manchester had an extensive bus network on Christmas Day?

For many carless households, leaving the house on Christmas Day is nigh-on impossible. As a rule of thumb, it is assumed that many people spend Christmas Day at home. They are more likely to open presents, get entangled with the turkey, or fall asleep in front of the television.

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Tameside’s Christmas and New Year Day’s Bus Service Updates

Details of Christmas and New Year’s Day bus services in Tameside and surrounding area for 2018/19

With only days to go till Christmas Day, it is that time again on East of the M60. It’s our look at what we are about to receive bus-wise over the yuletide period. In a nutshell, that means no buses on Christmas Day, but Saturday and Sunday services on other days, and very few buses on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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Fifty Years a Bus Man: the Stagecoach Driver Recognised For Long Service

Stockport driver clocks up half a century behind the wheel

Between 1968 and 2018, the bus industry has changed beyond recognition. In place of public sector operators, private sector giants have taken over many of Britain’s bus services. One-man operation is something we take for granted nowadays.

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Hepworth Silver Prize Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

How Mark Bentham’s band got us all in a Christmassy mood

The weekend before Christmas is typically a mad one for festive revellers. It is a most popular time for works’ dos, Christmas shopping expeditions and a busy one for brass bands. Last night’s band were no exception to the rule having done two concerts beforehand.

Frazzled lips aside, the spirit of Christmas saw no signs of waning in their performance. In fact it rubbed off on some audience members who were not quite ready for The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

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Wheelie-Good Mobile Grotto Brings Christmas Cheer

How a converted Volvo B10M bus has brought festive joy to Manchester hospitals, as a mobile grotto

Volvo B10M R982 XVM, seen as a wheelie-good mobile Santa’s Grotto.

Christmas is never a good time to be poorly, and being in hospital over The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a pretty grim spectacle. Even worse when you’re young. Thanks to a converted Volvo B10M bus, Stagecoach Manchester brought some Christmas cheer to young patients at Wythenshawe Hospital and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

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