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Stagecoach Dennis Trident Donated to Museum of Transport Greater Manchester

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Image provided by MoTGM Back in 1999, the Museum of Transport Greater Manchester held an ‘accessible transport’ event with help and displays to enable less-mobile visitors to sample the preserved buses whose high floors and steep steps made them hard to experience.  To highlight the progress being made, Stagecoach Manchester brought along the very first of its new generation of something called a ‘low floor’ double deck bus with no entrance steps and easier access. It was their number 612, a Dennis Trident 2 with Alexander ALX400 body, brand new and yet to enter service. Fast forward to 2021 and that very same bus is back in the Museum again – as a preserved exhibit, kindly donated by Stagecoach Manchester to represent the new generation of buses with better accessibility. After use as a driver trainer, at the age of 22 years, it enters the growing ranks of preserved buses from the turn of the century and in due course it’ll be painted into the iconic stripes livery. Museum Chairman De

Liverpool John Lennon Airport 500 Service to Be Operated by Selwyns

Photo by M.R.P Photography on Flickr

The dedicated Liverpool city centre to Liverpool John Lennon Airport service will be operated by Selwyns from Sunday 1st November 2020. All Arriva and Merseytravel tickets will be accepted as normal, but different buses will be running the service.

The existing limited stop timetable, which operates every 30 minutes between 4am and Midnight every day, will be unchanged. It will retain the latest iteration of the route serving Liverpool One Bus Station and Great Charlotte Street for Lime Street Railway Station in the city centre and serving Brunswick Merseyrail Station in both directions. 

Interestingly, the 500 service will now by operated on behalf of Merseytravel by Selwyns. All Arriva pre-paid and Merseytravel tickets will be accepted as normal. Live tracking will not be available for service 500 on the Arriva UK Bus app.

The reason for the change is the devastating impact that COVID-19 is having on Arriva North West's workforce. With limited staff, several measures have been taken to ensure customers can still travel to essential destinations for work and shopping.

Promotional leaflet by Arriva North West 

Arriva had recently relaunched their 500 bus service to make it the fastest bus service to operate between the Airport and the City Centre. They refurbished three VDL DB300/Wrightbus 2 DL double decks in a fetching purple and aqua livery. They also revised the route in Liverpool city centre to include Great Charlotte Street for Lime Street Railway Station which will be retained with Selwyns.

The 500 service also provides easy connections with the National Express coach network available at Liverpool One Bus Station.

Photo by Darren Hall on Flickr

Selwyns are no stranger to the 500 service, having previously operated the service until 2005, when Arriva took over the service and rebranded it, at the time, to AirLink 500 using three Scania Omnicity single decker buses.

Photo by Tom Harrison on Flickr

This has meant the X1 service between Liverpool One and Runcorn Halton Hospital has been operated by MP Travel since Monday 19th October 2020, the 699 service between Liverpool city centre and University of Liverpool has been operated by Als Coaches on behalf of Merseytravel since the 12th October with the support of Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire and now the 500 service with Selwyns from 1st November.

Click here to download the new 500 bus timetable.

Click here to download the new 699 bus timetable.

Click here to download the new X1 bus timetable.

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