A musical tribute to the 1978 version of Rochdale Bus Station
Nostalgia’s a strange thing. I love the latest version of Rochdale bus station because of its improved tram connections and how everything is under one roof. No trying to run across roadways to catch a 528 for Halifax (because of the 409 being on the opposite platform). It is everything a modern transport interchange should be.
Even so, I have a fondness for the late 1970s-ness of the dearly departed predecessor. The browns, the oranges and the creams. Designed by Essex, Goodman and Suggitt it had a profound effect on my love of all things GMT. It was well above the first and second versions of Ashton bus station in terms of passenger comfort (and better than Stalybridge’s terminus). The footbridge to Rochdale Shopping Centre was very James Bond style for the infant S.V.
Many moons after doing a playlist in celebration of the 343 bus route, East of the M60 has decided to use the 409. In spite of being inspired by one of the most boring bus routes in Greater Manchester, the title sounds similar to an album track by The Beatles.
If anyone is particularly mithered, ‘one after 409’ is the 410. Which is one of two Oldham Circular routes operated by MCT Travel. Back in the glory days of Greater Manchester Transport, it was a service from Ashton-under-Lyne to Thornham. Before the SELNEC era, today’s 409 used to be a limited stop service, whereas the one later renumbered ‘410’ used to terminate at Hathershaw (Pelham Street).
Seen below, our playlist is influenced by EGS Design’s edifice, and the 409 service. So, take your position upstairs on the Leyland Atlantean (orange and white of course!), plug your headphones into the walkperson (EM60 is ardently gender neutral) and enjoy the ride. All the music from the tenth Rebellious Mixtape covers a period from 1978 to 2013.
Side One: Rochdale to Oldham (George Street)
- All Around the World, Lisa Stansfield (1989);
- All Night Party, A Certain Ratio (1978);
- Up The Junction, Squeeze (1979);
- Icing on the Cake, Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy (1985);
- The Crown, Gary Byrd and the GB Experience (1983);
- My Old Piano, Diana Ross (1980);
- Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, Indeep (1983);
- Breakin’ (There’s No Stopping Now), Ollie and Jerry (1984);
- I Wont Let The Sun Go Down on Me, Nik Kershaw (1983);
- Sneaking Out The Back Door, Matt Bianco (1984).
Side Two: Oldham (George Street) – Ashton-under-Lyne (Bus Station)
- Chequered Love, Kim Wilde (1981);
- This is How It Feels, Inspiral Carpets (1990);
- Love My Way, Psychedelic Furs (1982);
- National Express, The Divine Comedy (1998);
- You Take Me Up, The Thompson Twins (1984);
- You Placed A Chill In My Heart, Eurythmics (1987);
- Spread The Virus, Cabaret Voltaire (1981);
- Tears, The Chameleons (1986);
- Election Day, Arcadia (1985);
- A Day Like This, Elbow (2008).
But Wait… There’s More!
When you buy Part One of One After 409, you get Part Two absolutely free. The second part of this highly fictitious compilation album is in honour of the dearly departed and iconic 400 Trans-Lancs Express route.
Side Three: Bolton (Moor Lane Bus Station) to Oldham (George Street)
- Same Old Feeling, Pickettywitch (1970);
- Do The Strand, Roxy Music (1972);
- 10538 Overture, Electric Light Orchestra (1972);
- Never Can Say Goodbye, Gloria Gaynor (1975);
- Three Times a Lady, The Commodores (1978);
- What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, Dave Stewart and Colin Blunstone (1981);
- Is There Something I Should Know?, Duran Duran (1983);
- Ain’t No Stopping Us Now, McFadden and Whitehead (1979);
- Drop The Pilot, Joan Armatrading (1983);
- Escape (The Pina Colada Song), Rupert Holmes (1980);
- Imagination, Belouis Some (1986).
Side Four: Oldham (George Street) – Manchester Airport (Bus Station)
- Break My Stride, Matthew Wilder (1984);
- It’s Raining Again, Supertramp (1982);
- Kelly, Watch The Stars, Air (1998);
- A Little Bit More, Dr Hook (1976);
- I’ll Fly For You, Spandau Ballet (1984);
- Babylon, David Gray (1999);
- Intuition, Linx (1981);
- Hand Held in Black and White, Dollar (1982);
- Daddy Cool, The Darts (1978);
- I’m Going to Spain, The Fall (1992);
- Automatic, The Pointer Sisters (1984).
Not Available In Any Shops!
Or anywhere at all. This East of the M60 TV offer is of a purely fictitious album. Before I go, are there any other tracks which conjure up images of Rochdale’s 1978 bus station, the 409 or 400 routes? If you’re just as geeky as I am, feel free to comment to your hearts content. If that good café was still there, we could have discussed this over a brew in full view of passing 17s and 590s.
S.V., 07 August 2015.
Digitally remastered on the 07 March 2018, 64 minutes before midnight.