Stagecoach Manchester Enviro200 MX11 HHC, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

Stagecoach Greater Manchester Begins Near Restoration of Weekday and Saturday Timetables

Timetables to run at 70% of pre-COVID-19 levels next month – then to 80% of pre-COVID-19 levels by mid June

Across England, the Stagecoach Group has today confirmed it will be increasing bus service levels from the 01 June. Its aim is to get the country moving as lockdown restrictions start to ease.

Emergency bus timetables have been in place since March to help key workers travel to and from work and for other essential journeys. This has seen services running to Sunday frequencies with peak hour journeys. In some cases, at a lower level than the usual Sunday service offerings.

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Alexander’s Last Ride: Farewell to the Volvo B10M

Special running day along 192 service from Piccadilly Gardens

Stagecoach Manchester Volvo B10M R982 XVM, Wellington Road South, Stockport
Farewell: the Volvo B10M, which was Stagecoach Manchester’s step entrance single decker of choice from 1997 to 2009 on many routes. Seen here is R982 XVM, drafted in at short notice from Hyde Road depot on the 04 April 2014.

After nearly 25 years of operation in Greater Manchester, the Volvo B10M will be a thing of the past. With the exception of driver training vehicles, Stagecoach in Manchester is set to give them a good send-off on the 14 November. Continue reading “Alexander’s Last Ride: Farewell to the Volvo B10M”

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”

Great Olympians of our Time #1: Preston Bus A33 MRN

Our first Olympian of our special round-up

Leyland Olympian Eastern Coach Works bodywork, A33 MRN, PrestonBus, Greater Manchester Museum of Transport
At a stretch: Preston Bus’ Leyland Olympians used the ubiquitous Eastern Coach Works body, though differed by being slightly longer.

Our first vehicle is A33 MRN, a long wheelbase version of the commonplace Eastern Coach Works bodied versions. The lucky recipient of this vehicle was the County Borough of Preston’s transport department.

It entered service in Leyland’s demonstration livery and briefly saw service for Blackburn with Darwen Council’s transport department. This fellow continued to see regular service well in to the 21st century. Following recent preservation, into the last version of the Preston Bus livery, it has featured in numerous transport rallies. In revenue earning service as a preserved vehicle, it took on the role as a vehicle for Bristol’s Christmas Park and Ride scheme.

S.V., 27 July 2012.

350 North West Bus Drivers Fly South for the Summer

Stagecoach drivers set to play key role in London 2012 Olympic Games 

  • Large scale bus operation for athlete and media transport;
  • Additional rail services for spectators;
  • 350 bus drivers from North West England to be part of the games

Enviro 200 MX11 HGF, Stagecoach Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
From Carlisle to Sharston: Stagecoach’s North West and Manchester operations will form an integral link in the success of London 2012’s bus operation.

With only three to four weeks to go till the Olympic Games, it has been confirmed that Stagecoach’s bus and rail operations will play a key part in the efficient transportation for athletes, spectators and press between venues. More than 2,630 bus drivers and support staff from the Orkney Islands to Dover and Eastbourne will be deployed, following selection by LOCOG, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. There will also be extra trains added to Stagecoach’s South West Trains and East Midlands Trains rail franchises, and special tickets for spectators. Continue reading “350 North West Bus Drivers Fly South for the Summer”

Gortonian Wheels Her Way Through the Ranks

Former bus driver becomes assistant operations manager

On schedule for success: Louise Atkinson starting out on her new job at Hyde Road Depot (photograph courtesy of Tangerine PR).

Elsewhere within this blog we heard about the appointment of Matt Davies, who moved to Stagecoach Manchester via Arriva and FirstGroup. Today, Mr Davies’ number two, starting today, is already a familiar face behind the wheel having driven for Stagecoach’s North West and Manchester subsidiaries. Continue reading “Gortonian Wheels Her Way Through the Ranks”

2011: My Year in the Company of Buses

East of the M60’s review of the year

Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200, S480 BWC, Stagecoach in Manchester

2011 is one year which bus users and employees east of the M60 wouldn’t forget in a hurry. 25 years on from the start of bus deregulation, it was a tumultuous one dominated by changes to the concessionary fares system, service cuts in the High Peak and hybrid buses.

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East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 03 December 2011

3. Another state of the art hybrid engined Optare Versa

Optare Versa Hybrid, Metroshuttle 3, First Manchester, Piccadilly GardensFollowing on from yesterday’s Optare Versa, here’s one in one of the three route branded liveries. Metroshuttle 3 starts at Manchester Piccadilly, Station Approach, serving the Spinningfields complex and Salford Central railway station. This service operates every 10 minutes from 0700 – 1900, Monday to Friday, starting a hour later on Saturday. There is no Sunday service.

Bus Route of Christmas Past: one time independent company Stuart’s Bus and Coach operated a half hourly 3 service from Tameside General Hospital to Hattersley, via Ashton-under-Lyne, Dukinfield (Town Hall) and Hyde. The service outlived the demise of the said company transferring to Stagecoach Manchester under that number. In 1998, they were renumbered 398 and 399 beginning at Ashton-under-Lyne and continuing beyond Hattersley to Glossop. Tameside General Hospital was served by half hourly extensions of the 330 (Ashton – Stockport) route.

Bus Route of Christmas Present: It would have been most lazy to opt for Metroshuttle 3 as a BRoCPres. Instead I have opted for another number 3 route in the UK: the popular Morecambe to Lancaster University service via Torrisholme. Operated by Stagecoach North West (hitherto Stagecoach Lancaster and Lancaster City Transport), the full service operates every half hour with further part route journeys from Lancaster Bus Station to the university on term times. An evening service runs hourly from Morecambe, Battery to Lancaster city centre. On Sundays and Bank Holidays, sister route 3A operates from Higher Heysham to Lancaster in place of the 3.

S.V., 03 December 2011