Crossing the South Pennines By Bus: A Lost Bus Routes Special

The threads left behind by Manchester’s lost bus links with Barnsley and Sheffield The 04 January 2020 will soon be a significant anniversary date in trans-Pennine transport history. That date will be the 50th anniversary of the cessation of passenger services along the Woodhead line. Had the Woodhead line stayed open today, the all-electric route…

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…

Oldham’s Bus Termini, Past and Present

A look at 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…

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 24 December 2011

24. Taking the Long Way Home for Christmas For our final window, we have a bus that has travelled quite a distance before getting to Greater Manchester at the start of the 21st century. Ladies and Gentlemen, our last Advent Bus Associated Picture is P548 BSS, a Mercedes-Benz O.405 with the Optare Prisma style of bodywork….

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 14 December 2011

14. Just the thing for your Turkey and Tinsel break Besides Greater Manchester Transport’s more workaday role (of safely carrying passengers from A to B over a given route), there was other concerns like the SELNEC Express Parcels concern in Parrs Wood, Dial-a-Ride and Charterplan. Originally known as SELNEC Travel, it adopted that name in…

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 13 December 2011

13. A Salford City Transport Metro-Cammell bodied Leyland Titan PD2/40 By 1966, Salford City Transport reaped the benefits of Charles Baroth’s earlier reign at Frederick Road by having smartly turned out green and cream buses with a reputation for excellent reliability. Their 1966 Leyland Titan PD2/40 marked an end of an era as subsequent orders…

The History of Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station

The Life, The Universe, Katherine Street, The Beau Geste and Everything Prior to 1963, Ashton-under-Lyne’s buses and trolleybuses stopped at a variety of termini throughout the town centre. Manchester Corporation services called at Bow Street and Old Square (by Yates’ Wine Lodge); Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation’s buses opted for Market Street and Wellington Road by the town…