Author Archives: Martin Bryant

About Martin Bryant

Digital content person about town.

Bookmark this! City Navigator is a beautifully simple way to plan your next public transport journey in Manchester

FutureEverything recently held an innovation challenge around local public transport data in Greater Manchester. Of the apps we’ve tried from it so far, City Navigator is our favourite. It uses data from OpenStreetMap, TfGM, Manchester City Council, and CitySDK. It … Continue reading

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The revival of cross-city bus services in Manchester

Just weeks after Stagecoach Manchester brought the first cross-city bus route in years to Manchester when it extended the 50 to Salford Quays, First Manchester is set to catch the bug by extending one of its own services beyond the … Continue reading

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Would a Deansgate Metrolink route be better than Cross Street? A new pressure group thinks so

The second city crossing for Metrolink, required as the network expands, is currently set to run from St. Peter’s Square via Princess Street, Cross Street and Corporation Street. However, a pressure group has been set up to argue that Deansgate … Continue reading

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Altrincham Interchange redevelopment gets the go-ahead

Altrincham Interchange is finally set to get a facelift after redevelopment plans got the green light from Trafford Council. The new-look facility will feature new concourse; a single ticket office for all modes of transport, and improved links between bus, train … Continue reading

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Stagecoach reportedly to hand over Metrolink operation to French firm RATP

The Manchester Evening News reports today that a “secret deal” has been struck to hand operation of Greater Manchester’s Metrolink tram network from Stagecoach to French transport group RATP. Stagecoach has run the network since 2007 and still has six … Continue reading

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The first day on the Metrolink extension to Chorlton [Photos]

Today saw the the opening of the first leg of the Metrolink’s South Manchester line, as far as St Werburgh’s Road via Firswood and Chorlton. We couldn’t resist taking a ride up the line this evening. We boarded the tram … Continue reading

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Salford Quays Link bus service launches, gives MediaCityUK a quick hop to a rail link

After a premature appearance on the North West Journey Planner site, the number 9 Salford Quays Link bus service, connecting Salford Crescent rail station with Salford Shopping City at Pendleton, Salford Quays and MediaCityUK, saw its first day of operation … Continue reading

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Preparation underway for Airport Metrolink line

There may be five years until its scheduled opening date, but work is already taking place to make way for the Metrolink extension from Chorlton to Manchester Airport. Work is currently taking place to relocate utilities along the route, and … Continue reading

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North West public transport journeys visualised.

This (brief) video visualises public transport journeys in the North West of England, based on an open dataset.We’re not sure when journey information dates from, but one thing’s for sure – it’s beautiful to watch.

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Newly released GMPTE fare tables are a bus journey down memory lane

Following a Freedom of Information request by local software developer Sam Easterby-Smith, GMPTE has released what amounts to most of the last decade’s worth of Greater Manchester bus fare table data. Looking through the information, available for download here, it … Continue reading

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