Last 16, Match 7: 199 v. 53  

For the seventh match of our knockout stages, we look at two iconic bus routes. One serves an institution that is 80 years old this year. Another serves two notable football clubs and BBC Sport’s base in MediaCityUK.

Newtown to New York

High Peak Buses’ 199 route enables you to get from Newtown to New York. The earliest bus to Manchester Airport departs at 0330 from Buxton. Or 0403 from Newtown. With the early times, it is possible to get to Ringway in good time for the 1035 to JFK Airport. Along the way there are some decent pubs: the White Lion in Disley is one – noted for the sign which has a zebra.

In concert with the 330 route, the 199’s inclusion means a bus every 15 minutes from Stockport to Manchester Airport. Non-stop along the M60 and M56 motorways, which is a good thing.

Towards Lowry’s modern-day home

Today’s 53 could almost be Trigger’s Broom in terms of its present-day route. Its allegorical brush head has included changes in termini, and some changes of route. Today, it is possible to catch the 53 to MediaCityUK and enjoy The Lowry centre. Besides its collection of L.S. Lowry works, two good theatres. It is also good for The Lowry Outlet and the MediaCityUK sites (ITV and BBC).

The 53, like its Buxton brother, is every half hour with an hourly service in the evening. Though hourly on Sundays and Bank Holidays, it has a few early morning journeys. Like the 199, an important link.

Full Time Score:

199 [Buxton] 2 – 2 53 [Pendleton]

After Extra Time, 53 [Pendleton] won 3 – 2.

A goal in the 120th minute of extra time stopped the tie from getting to penalties. Funnily enough, nick of time goals seem to be a thing off one of the 53’s bus stops (yes, some time in 2012 I believe).

S.V., 03 July 2018.

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