A Sheffield Transport bus in restored condition.

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 between Hadfield and Sheffield could have been useful to First Transpennine Express and East Midlands Trains. Not only as a diversionary route but also a viable alternative to the Hope Valley line.

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Peter Sumner, award winning engineer.

Wilmslow Resident Wins Engineer of the Year

Stagecoach Manchester engineer wins top engineering honours in Route One Awards

In the annual Route One Awards, Peter Sumner, was named Engineer of the Year in the Large Operator. The Stagecoach Manchester engineer picked up his award in Birmingham last week. The Route One Awards celebrate achievements and excellence in the coach and bus industry. Nominees are put forward by dealers, manufacturers and suppliers. Continue reading “Wilmslow Resident Wins Engineer of the 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

Chesterfield ... where to catch a bus.
The East Midland Bus Station has changed dramatically since North Western Road Car Company was one of the X67’s joint operators. Image by Barry W*******, 2011. (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

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 just that. Two of which are National Express coach services: the 351 to Sheffield, and the 060 to Leeds via the M62. The only proper service bus to do that is First Greater Manchester’s 184 service to Huddersfield. Continue reading “The X67: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special”

Preston Bus Station Now Grade II Listed Building

  • Victory for Bus and Architecture Geeks
  • Euston Arch of the Motorway Age saved from possible demolition
  • Cllr Rankin: ‘Very disappointing but not altogether unexpected’

Preston Bus Station, view from Tithe Barn Street
Saved: Preston Bus Station, seen in August 2011.

If you’ve spent the best part of your formative years en route to Blackpool or Morecambe, there’s every chance you would have come across what was Britain’s biggest bus station. For many bus and coach fanatics, it is probably their equivalent to Crewe or Birmingham New Street railway stations. Continue reading “Preston Bus Station Now Grade II Listed Building”