Bus Ticket Machines in Greater Manchester: The Not So Perfect Ten

From Williamson to Almex and ERG

Little known fact: till around the 1980s, Ashton-under-Lyne, besides being a mill town also helped to keep our buses moving, though not literally. One company made sure municipal and private bus companies kept a record of fares taken on each route. Not only around Ashton-under-Lyne or the area known as ‘Tameside’ but overseas as well.

The company was Alfred Williamson and Sons. Established in 1835, the company printed tickets for public transport operators, theatres, cinemas and sporting events. It also manufactured the machines to go with them.

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