Lights, Camera… Atlantean – Take Two! Weatherfield Wayfarer’s New Arrival

East of the M60 on the Weatherfield Wayfarer’s new arrival

As a follow-up to our previous article from the 29 October 2013, we at East of the M60 noticed a change to the Weatherfield Wayfarer fleet.

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168 Tonnes of Love: Valentine’s Day Debut for Hybrid Buses

Fourteen Enviro400H buses launched on 50 service from East Didsbury to MediaCityUK

Relaunch: Councillor Roger Jones, TfGM’s Ryan Carter, Councillor Barry Warner and Stagecoach Manchester’s Christopher Bowles seen outside MediaCityUK with one of Stagecoach Manchester’s new hybrid vehicles for the 50 service. (Photograph © 2014 Tangerine PR)

Whilst a great many passengers were exchanging soppy presents and cards, or viewing St. Valentine’s Day with great indifference, Stagecoach Manchester decided to spread some hybrid bus love around Manchester and Salford. Continue reading “168 Tonnes of Love: Valentine’s Day Debut for Hybrid Buses”

Lights, Camera… Atlantean! GM Buses’ Link With Weatherfield

East of the M60 on another lost bus route

3320 MCW Metrobus D320 LNB and 3001 Leyland Olympian ANA 1Y (both Northern Counties bodies)
Not quite the cobbles but seen here is MCW Metrobus 3320 at the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport, possibly typical fare on the GM Buses TV Special.

Today, a trip to Weatherfield is a tram ride away to MediaCityUK, or a X50 or 250 from Piccadilly Gardens. In recent times the production lot for Coronation Street, along with the ITV contractor formerly known as Granada Television, has moved to the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. Continue reading “Lights, Camera… Atlantean! GM Buses’ Link With Weatherfield”

Farewell Quay Street, Hello MediaCityUK: Homage to Granadaland

Historical link with Granadaland broken next week

Awaiting new occupants: Ralph Tubbs' iconic Granada Television studios.
Awaiting new occupants: Ralph Tubbs’ iconic Granada Television studios. Photographed in 2005 when the red illuminated sign remained in situ.

Each time I returned home by train from deepest Lancashire, particularly during the long winter nights, there was always one thing which meant ‘I was on my way home’. Continue reading “Farewell Quay Street, Hello MediaCityUK: Homage to Granadaland”

Celebrity Lookalikes Relaunch 50 Bus Route

On the conveyor belt tonight we have… an Enviro400… a Manchester Megarider… a cuddly disused ClipperCard machine…

Front to back – Patsy Stone lookalike, Stagecoach Manchester MD, Christopher Bowles, Deputy Mayor of Salford, Councillor Roger Jones, Bruce Forsyth lookalike, director of estates for The University of Salford, Keith Beal, MD of Peel Media, Stephen Wild and Doctor Who lookalike. Photograph © 2012 Tangerine PR


The recently upgraded 50 route was relaunched yesterday [13 September] with Patsy Stone, Doctor Who and Bruce Forsyth lookalikes appearing alongside Assistant Mayor of Salford (and former GMPTE chief) Councillor Roger Jones. Also present was Peel Media’s managing director, Stephen Wild, University of Salford’s director of estates, Keith Beal and Stagecoach Manchester’s managing director, Christopher Bowles. Continue reading “Celebrity Lookalikes Relaunch 50 Bus Route”

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 16 December 2011

16. An Arriva North West Alexander bodied DAF DB250LF

DAF DB250LF/Alexander ALX400, T296 FGN, Arriva North West, Piccadilly Gardens

Arriva North West’s DAF DB250LF joined Wythenshawe depot via London (hence the staircase position). On first glance, it could be mistaken for a Dennis Trident – given the similarity of the Alexander bodywork seen on Stagecoach Manchester’s Tridents. This example is loading at Piccadilly Gardens. On leaving the city centre, it will take a circuitous route into Altrincham via Whalley Range, Ashton-on-Mersey and Brooklands.

Bus Route of Christmas Past: Oldham – Mossley (Brookbottom). Oldham Corporation’s 16 route entered Top Mossley via Lees Road and Grotton, starting from the Town Hall bus stop. In 1973 – 74, it was renumbered 416. On the 20 July 1980, it was absorbed by an expanded 343 service, offering Grottonians a direct route with Bottom Mossley, Stalybridge and Hyde.

Bus Route of Christmas Present: Arriva North West’s 16 route is a Goliath among Altrincham to Manchester routes (65 minutes compared with 50 on the 263 and 25 on the tram). On Monday to Friday, the service is operated every half hour along its full length, with two evening journeys from Altrincham operated by Finglands (three from Manchester). These are operated daily. By contrast, Arriva’s Saturday service only operates up to Sale! The Sunday service covers the full route, albeit every two hours with Finglands the sole operator.

S.V., 16 December 2011

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 13 December 2011

13. A Salford City Transport Metro-Cammell bodied Leyland Titan PD2/40

The 13 to Agecroft

By 1966, Salford City Transport reaped the benefits of Charles Baroth’s earlier reign at Frederick Road by having smartly turned out green and cream buses with a reputation for excellent reliability. Their 1966 Leyland Titan PD2/40 marked an end of an era as subsequent orders were one-man-operated vehicles. Among those to follow were Mancunian style Leyland Atlanteans, bodied by Metro-Cammell and Park Royal, featuring Salford’s two piece indicator layout.

Bus Route of Christmas Past: Manchester (Stevenson Square) – Delph – Uppermill. North Western Road Car Company’s 13 service was one of three limited stop services from Manchester to Saddleworth (the other two were the 10 and 14). Following SELNEC’s absorption of NWRCC routes within its confines, the 13 was renumbered 183 with its sister routes allocated 180 and 184. In 1997, limited stop status was discontinued with the service in that form withdrawn in 2004. By then, an expanded 350 covered the 183 route, which also replaced the 352 and 355 routes in Mossley and Greenfield.

Today’s 183 was reallocated to a short route from Grotton to Hollinwood (replacing the 427). That too has been curtailed to operate between Oldham and Limeside, co-working with the 350.

Bus Route of Christmas Present: Stagecoach has an impressive network of medium to long distance services from Eastbourne to Margate courtesy of its Hastings and East Kent subsidiaries. The 13 from Canterbury to Walmer (Telegraph Road) is no exception. Operating every hour it also takes in Deal and Sandwich. Sister route 13A supplies the Sunday and Bank Holiday service.

Photograph courtesy of Gene Hunt, 30 June 2007 (Creative Commons Attribution License)

S.V., 13 December 2011

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 12 December 2011

12. A Go-Ahead Group Brighton and Hove Scania N94UD OmniDekka

Scania N94UD OmniDekka, YN56 FFO Dame Anita Roddick

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 indicator on the rear of the bus. This example is photographed outside the entrance of Eastbourne Pier.

Bus Route of Christmas Past: Flixton – Piccadilly. One of two 12s in central Manchester and Salford. Operated by Manchester Corporation, this service had a basic hourly frequency with extra peak hour journeys, though no Sunday morning journeys. Most of the 12 service is covered by today’s 256 route to Flixton operated by Stagecoach Manchester.

Bus Route of Christmas Present: Continuing with Stagecoach – and the seaside theme of the picture, our 12 is Stagecoach in Devon’s Newton Abbot – Torquay – Paignton – Brixham service. Popular all year round, the service boasts a 10 minute daytime frequency with an evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday service every 20 minutes. It is also the easiest way for approaching Torquay and Brixham town centres. The standard 12 route is also augmented by 12A and 12C services to Brixham and Torquay.

S.V., 12 December 2011

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 10 December 2011

10. A dual door ex-Oldham Corporation Roe bodied Leyland Atlantean


Here’s the sister to our previous bus. Though ordered by Oldham Corporation, this example entered service in 1971 with SELNEC and never wore the predecessor’s pommard and cream livery. 192 (or 5192 in its post-SELNEC guise). This one is seen on a part route working of the 409 service, photographed around 1982 – 83.

Bus Route of Christmas Past: our retrospective 10 is the Ashton-under-Lyne to Dukinfield [Yew Tree] local services operated by SHMD. The 10 continued to Yew Tree Lane via Dewsnap Lane, with its sister route, the 10A taking in Boyd’s Walk. In 1973, the 10 was renumbered 340, with 10A being renumbered 339. They both became circular routes serving Dewsnap Lane and Boyd’s Walk, and extended to serve Tennyson Avenue. In 2006, they were replaced by the 41 with the evening and Sunday 339 and 340 services falling in line with the daytime service of the 41 (launched in 2002).

Bus Route of Christmas Present: We go to York for First York’s Claret Line service from Roman Avenue to Nether Poppleton. The service operates every half hour in the daytime (or hourly on Sundays and Bank Holidays). York Pullman operate some evening services on a hourly basis.

S.V., 10 December 2011

Photograph courtesy of George Upstairs.

East of the M60 Advent Calendar: 09 December 2011

9. An Oldham Corporation Roe bodied Leyland Atlantean

Oldham Corporation Leyland Atlantean, OBU 163F

A distinctive modern bus, and as much a part of 1960s Oldham along with the late St. Peter’s Precinct and the new estates which would be served by these vehicles. Though this contemporary shot shows the Roe bodied Leyland Atlantean a few miles away from Oldham (just outside Heaton Park, Prestwich), they were regular performers on the 9 (Rochdale – Oldham – Ashton) and 21 (Fitton Hill – Oldham – Chadderton (Whitegate Lane)) routes.

Bus Route of Christmas Past: Victoria – Little Hulton. Operated by Lancashire United Transport, this service operated every half hour. Much of this former 9 route is incorporated by the 12, 33 and 68 First Manchester routes. The latter two call at Eccles whereas the 12 omits Eccles and Worsley. To trace the former route as close as possible, board a 12 from Manchester and change at Walkden for a 68 to Little Hulton.

Bus Route of Christmas Present: Maytree Travel’s new shuttle service (funded by TfGM and Salford City Council) from Salford Crescent railway station to MediaCityUK. As well as linking MediaCityUK with Salford University, it offers Pendleton and Langworthy residents a cheaper way to the Lowry Centre or Salford Crescent railway station. Which is a good thing.

S.V., 09 December 2011