The X67: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

Remembering Manchester’s express route to Chesterfield which, at one time, continued to Lincoln Once upon a time, almost fifty years ago, it was possible to cross the Pennines by bus from Manchester, via a number of different routes. Without a change of bus en route. Today, there are only three routes where you can do…

A6, the Road to Ashton-under-Lyne and Denton

Another Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester special The timing of this post coincides with one major bus-related event. That of Go-Goodwins’ revival of the Little Gem brand. With minibuses, in a version of the GMT orange, white, and brown livery. Most importantly, the return of Ken Mortimer’s Crillee Black logotype. Instead of the Dodge and Iveco…

Park Bridge’s Bus Routes: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

A look at past attempts to introduce buses to Park Bridge Park Bridge is as much a cradle of the Industrial Revolution as Ironbridge and Coalport in Shropshire. Also its much bigger brother on the banks of the River Medlock, further downstream. According to tradition, the iron from the Park Bridge Iron Works were used for the…

The 666 Rides Again: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

A look at Greater Manchester’s lost bus route from Hell If you celebrate Halloween (I personally don’t), we at East of the M60 hope you enjoy yourself and not get too giddy. Thanks to my recent attendance at the Museum of Transport in Cheetham, I was surprised to find that Greater Manchester Transport (or, more specifically, Lancashire…

The 0x Factor: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

Greater Manchester’s ultimate Lost Bus Route? Whilst Wythenshawe was close to reaching its target 100,000 population, most of its population relied on Manchester Corporation’s buses. Most residents shopped in the centre of Manchester or Northenden prior to the opening of its Civic Centre in the late 1960s. Some Wythenshavians moved to the new town from…

Even More Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester: The Not So Perfect Ten

The Long Awaited Follow Up to The Follow Up Since the last follow-up in November 2009, the bus scene in Greater Manchester has seen its fair share of upheavals. It has been a tale of expanding and contracting independent companies. We have cross-boundary service retention disputes, GMPTE changing its name and M-blem (sacrilege though alas…

More Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester: The Not So Perfect 10

Since I wrote the first instalment of Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester, there has already been a favourable response in terms of comments and visitor numbers. This has prompted me to continue the series further. With the fluid nature of post-deregulation bus operations from 1986, it has made for fascinating reading and jogged a…

Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester: The Not So Perfect 10

Defunct bus routes in Greater Manchester formed after deregulation day For the most part of the last 25 years, bus operations outside London have been subject to the worst excesses of neoliberal economics.  Networks have continuously shifted to meet ‘market demands’, resulting in an unstable system which has seen falling passenger numbers.  This has seen…