Category Archives: Politics

Maytree Travel bus services suspended

A quick trip to Bolton Bus Station after work this evening confirmed the reports that started to appear this afternoon: Maytree Travel, which has over 80 staff and operates around 40 contracted bus services in the Bolton, Bury and Wigan … Continue reading

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High Speed 2 preferred option to Manchester revealed

We’ve been somewhat ambivalent to High Speed 2 here at Manchester Transport blog. Construction on the northern sections to Manchester and Leeds isn’t planned until the latter half of the 2020’s, so it could be 2033 before the project is … Continue reading

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West coast rail bid hits legal buffers

In a surprise move, the Government last night pulled the plug on the competition to run the West Coast Main Line franchise from December 2012. As you no doubt read elsewhere, the winning bidders were FirstGroup, who offered to pay … Continue reading

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New platforms for Piccadilly and the airport?

So what’s new for Greater Manchester in today’s announcement for railway investment? After all, we’ve already seen the proposals for the Northern Hub and the Ordsall Curve. We have “options” for two new through platforms at Manchester Piccadilly, capacity improvements … Continue reading

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Manchester Transport blog says “meh” to High Speed 2

It’s time to declare: Manchester Transport blog isn’t particularly enthusiastic about high speed rail. We can see the arguments for, and we think additional capacity on the mainline to the south will be needed at some point in the future, … Continue reading

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Public sector strikes and spending statements

The impact of Wednesday’s public sector strike on transport in Greater Manchester shouldn’t be too great, given that most services are operated by the private sector. TfGM advise that Travelshops are expected to be closed and bus stations are unlikely … Continue reading

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April 2012 launch for A6 bus Quality Partnership Scheme

On Friday, the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee gave the official “thumbs-up” to the first bus Quality Partnership Scheme (QPS) in Greater Manchester, running along the A6 corridor between Manchester, Stockport and Hazel Grove. It will run for a period … Continue reading

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