Bournemouth’s Bus Routes: Now You Know What I Did This Summer, 2019

This year’s instalment looks at the Dorset seaside town’s bus routes I have stayed in some seaside towns where most of the buses finish for 6pm, despite being as big as Ashton-under-Lyne. I have stayed in some places where a regular bus service is a daily return journey. This year, thanks to a fine Lancastrian…

First Greater Manchester Continues Retreat from Tameside

Only three First routes left in Tameside by September 2019 In the last 24 hours, we have heard that First Greater Manchester will continue their retreat from the Tameside area. On the 01 September 2019, there will only be three routes in the borough operated by the successors to GM Buses North.

Tameside’s and Glossop’s Northern Premier League 2019 – 20 Fixtures

Ashton United welcome newly promoted Atherton Collieries whilst Mossley and Stalybridge Celtic travel away Well, the wait is over. Today at 6pm, the Northern Premier League has announced its fixtures for the 2019 – 2020 season. This season will also see two significant developments for the 51-year-old league. First is the creation of a North…

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 21 July 2019

First pulls out of 346 route but, other than that, usual summertime changes Besides the usual raft of summer timetable changes, the only significant change affects one route that has been shared by two or more operators for nearly three decades.

Freckleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (07 July 2019)

Was Matthew Shaw’s first assignment as Freckleton Band’s MD a success? We thought so. Few people outside of Lancashire have heard of Freckleton. In recent times, its locals have protested against the sight of fracking drills off Preston New Road. Before the M55 motorway opened, you would pass Freckleton on the coach to Blackpool prior…

In Pictures: Tameside Pride 2019

First ever Tameside Pride celebrations at Cheethams Park, Stalybridge a real success Across the UK there has been a fair number Pride events this week. Abergavenny has had one as well as London, Darlington, and Macclesfield. On the 06 July, Cheethams Park, Stalybridge hosted Tameside’s first Pride event.

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, July 2019: The Ashton Review of Shops

This month’s window on the shop windows Stalybridge leads the borough’s Tameside Pride celebrations; Ashton-under-Lyne’s Wilko store reopening; Boots and William Hill to cut stores; Plus all the usual retail movements from Hartshead to Haughton Green. The summer weather came into its own over the last month. Especially so on Armed Forces Day which coincided…

Seven Different Ways of Rediscovering Greater Manchester By Bus

East of the M60’s look at seven unusual ways of rediscovering Greater Manchester – by bus A bus is for life, not just for schoolchildren. It is, like it or not, Greater Manchester’s most popular form of public transport. With Andy Burnham on the verge of re-regulating all of Greater Manchester’s bus routes, there is…

Beating Heart of Ashton Depot Retires After 49 Years Continuous Service

Peter Riley clocks out for the last time after nearly half a century in the bus industry Cast your mind back to 1970. 49 years ago, another English international side reached a World Cup Semi Final (as defending champions). SELNEC launched a new bus route from Bolton to Stockport known as the Trans-Lancs Express. On…

Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (30 June 2019)

A fantastic concert with four great soloists and a selection of golden oldies With march and hymn contests and (in most cases) Whit Friday coming to the fore, ‘Flaming June’ is a joyous month for lovers of brass band music. This year, June has given Boarshurst Band Club a selection of fantastic Sunday Brass Nights –…