Bus Regulation The Musical: The Review

How Ellie Harrison’s show brought us fifty years of Greater Manchester transport history on wheels Bus Regulation The Musical. Manchester Art Gallery, 28 September 2019 (2pm and 3pm). Produced by Ellie Harrison. I could think of several ways of spending half an hour of my leisure time. One is listening to the entire ‘B’ side…

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…

Transdev to Buy Rosso Bus

Privatisation of municipal operator sees £3 million investment Rosso Bus, the present day name for Rossendale Borough Transport’s bus operations, is set to be privatised by the end of this year. Subject to a vote on the 20 December, the municipal operator will be sold to Transdev. By the end of this year, most of…

If I Never Catch Another Bus: Blackpool By Bus and Tram

A Now You Know What I Did This Summer Special Edition If you enjoyed this year’s Now You Know What I Did This Summer which focused on the buses, trains, and ferries in Falmouth, we have a special treat for you. Yours truly, along with his old man (thanks to my old woman failing a fitness…

Go Cheapway to… The Greater Manchester Museum of Transport

Exploring Greater Manchester’s transport history on a budget My first visit to this museum was on the Palm Sunday of 1986 with my father. We decided – rather wrong-headedly – to walk to and from the museum. On alighting our 220 bus at Victoria Station, we made the mistake of walking up Rochdale Road. In…

The Road Least Travelled: Ashton’s Lesser Spotted Circular

Our third lesser known bus route within Greater Manchester If you’re au fait with Tameside’s bus scene, you may be familiar with the 331 and 333 circular routes from Ashton-under-Lyne. They were originally Ashton Corporation’s 1 and 3 services with the former reaching Hurst in a clockwise direction via Broadoak Road.

The Road Least Travelled: Hyde’s Other 344 Route

Another obscure bus journey throughout Greater Manchester At Hyde bus station, there are two 344 routes. One is the Backbower Circular, which co-works with the 342. There is also a lesser known 344, one which comprises of a single journey.

The Road Least Travelled: Tameside Hospital to Piccadilly Gardens

Obscure bus journeys throughout Greater Manchester 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…

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 12 December 2011

12. A Go-Ahead Group Brighton and Hove Scania N94UD OmniDekka Brighton and Hove’s Scania OmniDekkas are a rare beast. This may look like a common and garden contemporary double decker as the devil in the detail is off camera. Most bus rear indicators only show the route number. Brighton and Hove’s vehicles have the full front…

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 05 December 2011

5. A Network Warrington Marshall bodied Dennis Dart The Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart has had its critics since the first examples hit our streets in 1998 – 99. Early operators of this single decker throughout Greater Manchester included Mayne of Manchester. They were a staple of the 171/172 (Newton Heath – Withington) routes and…

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 04 December 2011

4. A Sheffield Transport Roe bodied Daimler Fleetline This handsome fellow was the last ever new bus to have been delivered to Sheffield Transport, prior to absorption into South Yorkshire PTE. Now lovingly restored, the entrance door is marked so passengers would have a choice of paying the driver, or using the self-service Videmat machine….