Northern and Merseyrail Electrics Rail Strike Update: Three January Dates

News of the latest Arriva Rail North and Merseyrail Electrics strike dates

Following on from last year’s strikes, the first normal working week of 2018 will see three rail strikes in Northern England. As well as Northern’s dispute, Merseyrail Electrics staff will also be striking on the same days.

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Women Into Transport Set to Challenge Male Dominated Industry

Stagecoach Manchester leads charge to get more women into transport industry.

For well over a century, the bus industry has been a male dominated one. Men have driven buses, designed the things, and managed bus undertakings. It is worth noting that a brother, husband and sister formed one of the world’s largest transport operators. The one that accounts for a 100 million bus journeys in Greater Manchester alone.

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Greater Manchester Bus, Train, and Tram Fare Updates 2018

A look at Greater Manchester’s fare changes

Almex M canceller (ClipperCard)

It’s that time again. Next to the obligatory Bond film, the 12 days of Christmas also covers another custom: fare increases. With (in England at least) the 02 January 2018 being the next ‘normal day’ after New Year’s Day, our bus, train and tram fares will be rising.

In Greater Manchester, Stagecoach Manchester and First Greater Manchester will be raising its single fares, season tickets and day rovers. For the first time since January 2014, fares will be rising on Metrolink trams, by an average of 5.93%. On average, train fares will be going up by 3.4%. Continue reading “Greater Manchester Bus, Train, and Tram Fare Updates 2018”

2017, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

First Greater Manchester Mercedes Citaro, W366 RJA, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
One of the biggest bus related events in Greater Manchester was the closure of First Greater Manchester’s Bury and Dukinfield depots. With Tameside’s routes served by Oldham depot, Mercedes Citaros have returned to the scene.

If 2016 was eventful, 2017 was even more eventful to the power of five. Testing our city region’s bus operators, rail franchisees, and the Metrolink was the terror attack at Manchester Arena. Greater Manchester also gained a newly elected mayor, and powers to reregulate its own buses. Also a new stretch of railway line.
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Christmas 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018 Trains and Trams in Tameside

Christmas and New Year train and tram service information for passengers in Tameside and surrounding area

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. Following on East of the M60’s look at Yuletide buses in the Tameside area, we turn our attention to local trains and trams.

Besides being a good time for seeing your relatives, the Yuletide period is also a popular time for engineering works. As always there will be a Sunday service on the trams on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Which is good news for Curzon Ashton fans taking a short trip to Ashton West.

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Stagecoach’s Santas’ Sleighload for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Dashing through the snow, on a bus down Chorlton way…

From the World Freight Terminal to Piccadilly Gardens, Stagecoach Santas will be entertaining passengers on some of its services across South Manchester. In the run up to Christmas, they will be performing a selection of festive classics to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

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Transdev to Buy Rosso Bus

Privatisation of municipal operator sees £3 million investment

Rosso LK51 XGY, Rochdale Interchange
Seen at Rochdale Interchange, one of Rosso’s ALX400 double deckers is awaiting its driver and next set of passengers. Presumably on the 435 service to Buckstones.

Rosso Bus, the present day name for Rossendale Borough Transport’s bus operations, is set to be privatised by the end of this year. Subject to a vote on the 20 December, the municipal operator will be sold to Transdev. By the end of this year, most of Central and East Lancashire’s buses will be operated by Alex Hornby’s company.

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Duffers’ Guide to Bus Operations #13: Bus Fares

The long awaited thirteenth part of our informal look at bus operations. For beginners.

Optare Solo First Greater Manchester MX54 GZF, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
A First Greater Manchester bus, loading at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station in July 2017.

In a previous Duffers’ Guide (Part Six), we looked at how concessionary fares work on bus routes. At this moment in time, fare increases have dominated the news agenda after Brexit, Trump and, in Greater Manchester at least, Andy Burnham’s death knell to bus deregulation. In his speech he has cited the cost and complexity of bus fares.

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Andy Burnham: The Free Market Has Failed Greater Manchester’s Buses

Keynote speech marks transition towards the re-regulation of Greater Manchester’s bus network

8551 Leyland Atlantean ANA 551Y, Northern Counties body, Greater Manchester Transport (1981 livery)
As demonstrated by the Northern Counties bodied Leyland Atlantean in this image, a unified identity for Greater Manchester’s bus network could return to our city region’s streets. This bus is seen in the 1981 version of Greater Manchester Transport’s livery.

There are two transport related footnotes which have had a great effect on my near forty-year existence as a child of the universe. The first one was the early years of bus deregulation, which has been well documented on this blog (as My Life in the Company of Buses). The second one, which I haven’t mentioned till now, was the split of GM Buses into GMS Buses and GM Buses North.

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