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Stagecoach Dennis Trident Donated to Museum of Transport Greater Manchester

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

MP Travel Takes on Liverpool to Runcorn X1 Service Under Contract

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From Monday 19th October 2020, Arriva's X1 service that operates between Halton Hospital in Runcorn and Liverpool city centre and vice versa will be operated by MP Travel under contract from Arriva North West.

The existing limited stop timetable, which operates every 40 minutes, will be unchanged and all Arriva and Merseytravel tickets will be accepted as normal, but different buses will be running the service. Live tracking will not be available for service X1 on the Arriva UK Bus app.

The X1 was dropped by Arriva at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, and its late reintroduction left some passengers fearing it might never return. Thankfully for local passengers, the service will continue to operate under contract to MP Travel of Warrington.

The X1 bus service is viewed as essential as passengers can travel from Runcorn new town to Liverpool city centre in just 55 minutes, and from High Street to the city in just 40 minutes, considerably shorter journey times than the alternatives.

Photo supplied by Arriva North West

Back in 2015, Arriva upgraded the status of the X1 service to its then, up and coming, premium Sapphire brand. This saw Arriva refurbish five 12-plate Wrightbus Pulsar 2 bodied VDL SB200s with attractive onboard facilities, including free WiFi, spacious legroom with e-leather covered seating as well as USB charging points and audio-visual displays.

As of Monday the 19th October, MP Travel will provide modern, environmentally friendly and low floor vehicles with ample space on board to aid current social distancing measures.

See the arrivabus.co.uk or merseytravel.gov.uk websites for the full timetable.


  1. Download the Merseytravel X1 timetable, as you only get part of timetable on Arriva app.

  2. I went to visit my sister today saturday the 12th of december. I left my sisters house at 6.35 pm to make sure i was at halton busway for 6.45 cos the x1 is normally due around 6.55 .i was still standing there at 8.30 freezing .no x1 buses at all .so were do you get that they are every 25 mins to every 40 mins .i was travelling back to kirkby .had to get on the 79c which took 1hour and a half .i did not get home till 11.45 pm tonight .stool at that bus stop fir over 2 hours .why didnt the x1 arrive .there are no times on the bus stop was dark .every other bus but the x1 .it has put me off travelling to runcorn again we normally know the times of the x1 .


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