It's Complicated From 1972
In 1972, fbb was not watching the latest Hammer film, but he was getting engaged to the future Mrs fbb and working hard as Head of RE at a Sheffield comprehensive school. Meanwhile, across the Pennines, significant things were happening in Macclesfield.
North Western Road Car (according to Wikipedia) had depots all over the place.
Altrincham: Oakfield Street
Biddulph: Whalley Street
Buxton: Bridge Street
Castleton, Back Street
Glossop: York Street
Macclesfield: Sunderland Street
Manchester: Hulme Hall Road
Matlock: Bakewell Road
Northwich: Chester Way
Oldham: Clegg Street
Stockport: Charles Street
Urmston: Higher Road
Wilmslow: Church Street
The National Bus Company agreed to sell its depots and bus services at Altrincham, Glossop, Oldham, Stockport and Urmston to SELNEC (South East Lancashire North East Cheshire i.e. Manchester PTE). This was the trigger to obliterate NWRCC completely.
The depots at Buxton and Matlock transferred to Trent and the Manchester Base eventually became National Travel North West as a centre for coach operations.
So what to do with the rest?
Buses that went to SELNEC soon started appearing in orange and white ...
Biddulph, Castleton, Northwich and Wilmslow were lumped on to the vast Crosville empire and went from red ...
... to green. fbb cheated yesterday with his green decker; he "painted out" the Crosville fleet name to annoy you all.
In the cut price bargain basement sell off of the National Bus Company, (and later the PTEs) the SELNEC south area went to Stagecoach; Trent remained (and still remains) with its management buyout; Crosville was split two ways both snaffled by Arriva with one chunk welshified as Arriva Cymru.
So Macclesfield became an Arriva town.
Meanwhile, and in no particular order, the Trent operation in Buxton became High Peak Buses and D & G expanded significantly.
So, we get to next month (Monday April 24th) when Arriva disappears in a puff of exhaust smoke, and the Peddle owned Centrebus group (D & G plus High Peak) becomes the dominant operator in Macclesfield.
But before we look at service changes, there is a fascinating diversion to be enjoyed in the form if two apparently squashed Bedford VAL vehicles.
Or it did when the Manchester Ship Canal carried real ships!
And, yes, you do remember aright. "Little Gem" was a Manchester PTE small bus brand.
Tomorrow fbb will try to unravel what is to happen to Arriva's services in Macclesfield - but don't expect too much in the way of success.
Next Macclesfield blog : Wednesday 22nd March
I think that the Dunham Massey canal bridge used to be an arch, the same shape as the special bus roofs.ReplyDelete
That makes me think of the specially-shaped Southampton trams which had to pass through the ancient Bargate, or the buses which plied London's Rotherhithe and Blackwall tunnels.ReplyDelete
The Bridgewater Canal has two E's, unlike the Somerset town.ReplyDelete