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 World War.

Stagecoach Manchester will pay tribute to past and present military personnel this Remembrance Sunday (Sunday 11th November). As part of a project initiated by retired Stagecoach Manchester bus driver, Martin Logan, the company will display Remembrance Crosses at each of its depots. There will also be remembrance crosses at the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport. All of which are to mark the Armistice Centenary.

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Ralph Bennett: His Life in the Company of Buses

Our tribute to the man who revolutionised modern bus operation

1001 Leyland Atlantean HVM 901F (Mancunian style, Ralph Bennett, 1968), Manchester City Transport
For many bus enthusiasts and Mancunians of a certain age, Leyland Atlantean 1001 is Ralph Bennett’s best known legacy.

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 SELNEC’s neutral livery. Its 3 million inhabitants would soon receive modern buses in an orange and white livery. Continue reading “Ralph Bennett: His Life in the Company of Buses”

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 inner city suburbs like Ardwick, Gorton, Collyhurst and Chorlton-on-Medlock, and visited the pubs in their former homes.

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The Road Least Travelled: Tameside Hospital to Piccadilly Gardens

Obscure bus journeys throughout Greater Manchester

Optare Solo, Checkmate Coaches, interior shot
An interior view of one of Checkmate Coaches’ Optare Solo buses, on the 220 to Piccadilly Gardens.

Outside the bright lights of the Wilmslow Road corridor, the A6 into Stockport and Ashton Old Road are a variety of often overlooked bus routes throughout Greater Manchester. Some of which are socially necessary, for schoolchildren, hospital appointments and workers. Some of these are the White Dwarfs or Neutron Stars of the bus world, having previously been frequent routes.

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Up Town and Beyond Since 1913, Oldham By Bus and Tram: A Not So Perfect Ten Special

Ten icons of Oldham bus and tram operation over the last century

Oldham Corporation Leyland Atlantean, OBU 163F
Proper Bus! Need I say more…

Who’d have thought it would have been a hundred years since the first buses and trams operated from Oldham town centre? We seem to have come a long way from the days when buses or trams used to stop outside The Star Inn. Buses were more widely adopted after the late 1920s when cross-city express routes complemented the town’s trams. Today’s new fangled trams traverse the Rochdale-Oldham Loop Line, and – by next year – will be stopping near The Star Inn. Plus ça change, except for the depubification of The Star Inn. Continue reading “Up Town and Beyond Since 1913, Oldham By Bus and Tram: A Not So Perfect Ten Special”

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”

The History of Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station

The Life, The Universe, Katherine Street, The Beau Geste and Everything

Yelloway coach, Van Hool, Ashton-under-Lyne

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 hall. SHMD’s stopped at St. Michael’s Square. Continue reading “The History of Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station”