A case closed from Barrett Holmes
Somewhere within More Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester is reference to a bus route from Stalybridge to Macclesfield Hospital operated by North Western Road Car Company. Thanks to a little clearout I had recently I found what I had considered to be the Holy Grail.
Inside Greater Manchester Transport’s 1985 Glossop Area services leaflet is the Stalybridge – Macclesfield route. The service was given a number within the Tameside and Glossop area set of routes. It was an extension of the 398 route from Glossop to Ashton-under-Lyne via Stalybridge.
Most of the 398 route was been replaced by the 239 via Broadbottom (operated by SpeedwellBus till May 2011). This working differed from the normal 398 service in that it only observed the stops listed on the timetable. Concessionary fares were unavailable and the journey was only available to passengers visiting Parkside Hospital. Clippercards and SaverSeven tickets were not accepted throughout the journey.
The service only ran on Saturdays with no weekday, Sunday and Bank Holiday operations. The route began at the bus terminus at Glossop outside the Duke of Norfolk pub, then to Ashton via Broadbottom and Stalybridge. A further stop was made at Denton Crown Point before the bus joined the M63 and the M56 motorways. The service continued to Macclesfield via Altrincham Interchange and Mere Country Club.
Macclesfield Parkside Hospital was originally the County Asylum for the County Palatine of Cheshire. It opened in 1871 and closed in January 1997. Further information on the complex is available on the County Asylums website, which covers what we eloquently called in less PC times lunatic asylums.
I would like to hear further comments from anybody who worked there or visited Parkside by means of this bus route.
S.V., 10 December 2009.