Classic Bus Lotto: Another Escape to the Pantry Special

Do you have a young child who is mad on Greater Manchester’s buses? Due to Coronavirus-orientated cabin fever or stir craziness, you may be wondering what a bus looks like. You might have a youngster who wants to go to the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport, though couldn’t do thanks to recent events. You know,…

Put This On a Badge! The Better Buses Badge Making Experience

Show some love for your local bus route in a crafty way Within a week of the launch of Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Bus Franchising consultation, there has been several activities to advance the case for London-style bus franchising. Since this summer, Better Buses For Greater Manchester have stated their case with accountability and improved…

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…

Fifty Years a Bus Man: the Stagecoach Driver Recognised For Long Service

Stockport driver clocks up half a century behind the wheel Between 1968 and 2018, the bus industry has changed beyond recognition. In place of public sector operators, private sector giants have taken over many of Britain’s bus services. One-man operation is something we take for granted nowadays.

How Stagecoach Manchester is Remembering the Fallen

Remembrance Sunday display to remember the 310 Manchester Corporation Tramways Department employees killed in action Free bus travel for Armed Forces personnel on production of HM Forces ID card on Remembrance Sunday; Stagecoach Manchester buses seen wearing poppies; Activity supports the British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ campaign marking 100 years since the end of the First…

Stalybridge Station: The Pride of Cheshire

Stalybridge station beats Crewe, Manchester Airport, and Chester railway stations in awards ceremony A week after Stalybridge Celtic clocked up their first away win of the season (versus Alsager Town in the Cheshire Senior Cup), another Stalybridge institution enjoyed some success. One that is used by a million passengers a year.

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…

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…

Ralph Bennett: His Life in the Company of Buses

Our tribute to the man who revolutionised modern bus operation Cast your mind back to 1968: Greater Manchester’s bus network was on the verge of radical change. In a year’s time, the greens and creams of Salford Corporation and SHMD Joint Board, and the reds and creams of Manchester and Stockport corporations’ undertakings would be replaced by…