Oldham’s Bus Termini, Past and Present

A look at Oldham’s bus stations and stops past and present

Oldham Termini Map
Oldham’s bus stations and stops past and present.

In the last century, Oldham has had a number of termini and through stops, some of which discontinued by means of town centre redevelopment. Most recently, this has meant the Metrolink works. During the last forty years, the town’s main bus station has shifted westwards from Mumps Bridge to Cheapside. Continue reading “Oldham’s Bus Termini, Past and Present”

Lost Bus Companies of Greater Manchester: 25 from 25 Years of Bus Deregulation

Or ‘The Lost Indies of Greater Manchester’

Dennis Dart, Plaxton SLF, T580 JTD, Bu-Val Buses, Rochdale bus station

Bus deregulation has divided its critics from industrial and passenger points of view. Where one critic claims it made for a more sustainable network, another one would see it as a total disaster, leading to lost patronage, rising fares and erratic timetable changes. I’m firmly placed in the latter camp favouring public ownership, but I shan’t bore you with the politics for the purpose of this post. Continue reading “Lost Bus Companies of Greater Manchester: 25 from 25 Years of Bus Deregulation”

Citibus: Reaching the Parts of North Manchester Which Other Buses Didn’t Reach

When two-tone blue ruled the roost in Middleton and Chadderton

Citibus 633 XWG633T

Prior to deregulation, a new operator began making inroads into North Manchester and Oldham. They had a small yet interesting collection of single decker buses. By the end of the 1980s, they would reach parts hitherto unreached by bus and compete with GM Buses, then owned as an arms-length company by GMPTE. Continue reading “Citibus: Reaching the Parts of North Manchester Which Other Buses Didn’t Reach”