Wednesday 26 November 2014

Red Arrows Reach All-over [3]

What's the Connection ...
... between these two and Red Arrows? Or has fbb finally flipped after battling with ticket splitting rail fare sites? Perhaps not, but here's an old gaol ...
... and a slightly less old tram.
The answer is Halifax.

Let fbb explain.
First Bus services

Illingworth (i.e. Ray Illingworth, cricketer) is a suburb of Halifax with a very old gaol. Ovenden (i.e. Julian Ovenden, actor) is ditto that was once served by trams. They are linked by bus services provided by First Bus with significant competition from independent T J Walsh. Looking at a chunk of Metro West Yorkshire's network map shows the problem.
On Ovenden Way Walsh's 525 and 600 compete with First's 521. On Ovenden Road, the 600 is joined by the 700 in attacking First's 522 and 523.

Further out at Illingworth itself, the 700 ...
... is eating away at all three First's services as they toddle round different bits of Illingworth's housing development. The frequent 521 loops via School Lane ...
... the 522 via Keighley Road ...
... and the 523 via Heathmoor Park Road, a more recent development.
All three join up on Illingworth Road to run back to town.
Here they are joined by the competitive 700 which effectively terminates at the common point. So from here into Halifax there are substantial numbers of buses; far too many for either operator to be profitable, one suspects.

Tomorrow we will look at frequencies, timetables and, at last, at the third Red Arrow!
Meanwhile a bit of background from the T J Walsh web site:-
30th June 1994 – The first public bus route for TJ Walsh was started, the 525 service which runs from Halifax to Ovenden Way. The first bus operated was ‘TJI 9147’. 
19th September 1994 – A second bus service was started, the 555 service from Halifax to Siddal. This route ran in the afternoons and used the same bus as the 525 service which ran in the morning.

9th September 1995 – An additional 16 seater Transit was purchased. This ran the 600 service, the Nursery Lane circular. The 525 and 600 services ran every 10 minutes, 08:30 to 14:25 Monday to Friday and 08:30 to 13:00 on a Saturday.

13th April 1999 –The 700 service was started.

 Next Red Arrow blog : Thursday 27th November 


  1. The TJ Walsh bus pictured is the third vehicle to carry the TJI9147 registration. The original bus was a 16 seat Dormobile Ford Transit van conversion. TJ Walsh have a number of cherished plates in the TJI9xxx, B-TJW and B-TGW series that have moved across many vehicles in the fleet over the last 20 years.

  2. Thanks anon. for that clarification and correction.

  3. Perhaps First Yorkshire should have gone with "Red, Black, Lilac, Pink & Purple Arrow" to match their bamboozling livery?