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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

Ellesmere Port to Mold Bus Service 5 to Be Operated by Arriva Buses Wales

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Arriva Buses Wales will become the new operator for the 5 service that operates between Ellesmere Port, Queensferry & Mold from Monday 16th November 2020*.

*Conflicting information on the Stagecoach website reports the 5 service will be taken over on the 16th November, and not the 9th November as this article originally stated.

There will be no changes to the existing service that operates between Ellesmere Port, Cheshire Oaks, Queensferry, Buckley and onwards to Mold. The hourly frequency of the current timetable will continue.

However, from 9th November*, Arriva Buses Wales will be using the Welsh Government funding available and will be providing a duplicate vehicle to assist with capacity at peak times. Existing scholar passes will be accepted until replacement bus pass can be issued.

Arriva Buses Wales are no stranger to the 5 route, having previously operated it as the former SP1 and SP2 on a temporary basis with Stagecoach MCSL after the demise of GHA Coaches in 2016.

The SP1 and SP2 services were later operated by Stagecoach MCSL on behalf of Flintshire County Council and renumbered 5 as part of Stagecoach's April 2018 service changes.

All blog readers are reminded that it is mandatory to wear a face covering on all public transport in England and Wales. If you're travelling for essential purposes, please ensure that your face covering is worn correctly, over both the nose and mouth. Thanks for keeping yourself and our fantastic transport community safe during these strange times.

Timetable information will be available via the Flintshire County Council website or on the Arriva Buses Wales website.

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