East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 01 December 2011

1. Just the MAN for bargain basement bus travel

SVV354, F18 HOW (late P354 JND) Poundrider, Runcorn

“Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat/Please put a £1 coin in the old MAN’s hat…”

Offering bargain basement bus travel to the people of Runcorn is Poundrider. Its cheap and cheerful services are operated using secondhand buses from Stagecoach, FirstGroup et al. Fares cost a £1.00 for adults with children riding for 80p. How we wish the bus using public of Greater Manchester could be offered such low price fares. £1.00 is a half fare on most routes!

Bus Route of Christmas Past: The Ashton to Smallshaw Circular route 1 was launched by Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation in 1932. It co-worked with the 3 [Hurst Circular] service with a 10 minute frequency. Both services were an immediate success with the 20 minute journey time faster than the trams they replaced. Both routes remain in operation, albeit operating every 20 minutes as the 331 and 333 routes.

Bus Route of Christmas Present: Today’s Number 1 is Bus Vannin’s main trunk route from Douglas to Port St. Mary and Port Erin. The service also takes in Ballasalla, Ronaldsway airport and Castletown and operates on a full time basis. It runs parallel with the Isle of Man Steam Railway (which operates on a summer only basis).

S.V., 02 December 2011