East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 04 December 2011

4. A Sheffield Transport Roe bodied Daimler Fleetline

Sheffield Transport Daimler Fleetline

This handsome fellow was the last ever new bus to have been delivered to Sheffield Transport, prior to absorption into South Yorkshire PTE. Now lovingly restored, the entrance door is marked so passengers would have a choice of paying the driver, or using the self-service Videmat machine. The latter printed a facsimile image of coins tendered, though unscrupulous passengers paid with bottle tops and foreign coins.

Bus Route of Christmas Past: My most obvious move would have been the 4/4A which forms part of today’s 343 route. Ever one for defying the obvious, I have opted for Ashton Corporation’s Park Bridge – Ashton-under-Lyne service. The service started life as a twice weekly bus in 1956, for the sole purpose of linking Park Bridge with Ashton Market. The closure of the OA&GB Railway to passengers in 1960 saw the service upgraded with six return Saturday journeys. On weekdays, five on Mondays and Fridays, four on Wednesdays and Thursdays and three on Tuesdays.

Bus Route of Christmas Present: Connex Jersey’s 4 is a short north to south route from Bonne Nuit to Saint Helier. Taking 33 minutes to complete the journey, this service has eight return journeys on Mondays to Saturdays. There is no Sunday service; this is covered by the 27 which has four return journeys every two hours.

S.V., 04 December 2011