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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

14 'Sky Class' Alexander Dennis Enviro400 Buses for Witchway

SKY CLASS … the name for Transdev’s prestige specification new Witchway buses.

Transdev has invested £3.8 million in a brand new fleet of 14 stunning Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double-deck buses, proudly built in Britain to Transdev’s all-new 'Sky Class' specification, which offers the most sumptuous selection of high-end luxury features ever seen on Britain’s local buses.

Actress Jennie McAlpine is providing the voice to welcome customers on the all-new Witchway express buses between East Lancashire and the heart of Manchester.

The new buses enter service from this Sunday (13th December 2020) on the fast and frequent Witchway route linking Burnley and Rawtenstall with Manchester up to every 15 minutes – and TV soap star Jennie says they’re sure to be a hit!

Actress Jennie McAlpine said:

"These Witchway buses are amazing – there are so many features packed inside every bus, it’s just like flying first class, with all the luxury anyone could ever want to go in style. I’m so proud to be the warm Northern voice welcoming everyone on board these fantastic new buses, and hopefully making sure no-one misses their stop!"

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said:

"We make it our mission to create buses that people want to be seen on. The new Witchway – and our new, unique Sky Class specification raises the bar higher than ever in both comfort and style, all amounting to a journey experience like no other.

"British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis describes them as the highest specification they’ve ever been asked to build, and that was our vision from concept to reality.

"Already our customers and colleagues have described these amazing new buses of something more befitting what they would expect from a five-star hotel, which we know will complement the friendly welcome from our Witchway team that we’re already famous for.

"We know people have a choice in how they travel, and we believe the new Sky Class features will attract many new faces to join the regulars who already use Witchway every day.

"Witchway is a net contributor to economic growth in our communities and has a reputation of driving up house prices along the route as commuters return to the city post-pandemic. Buses can and should have that power, importance, and respect when they are presented and pitched to meet the demands of new and current customers – and we have bold ambition to be the driver behind positive economic and environmental change in 2021 and beyond."

The Sky Class specification on the new Witchway buses brings new levels of comfort and sophistication to the popular Witchway service, run by Transdev subsidiary The Burnley Bus Company with its own dedicated team of friendly drivers.

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby with TV soap star Jennie McAlpine on-board a new Witchway bus.

On the outside, renowned public transport design agency Best Impressions has created a bold new image for Witchway based on its traditional colours of orange and black, and complete with a signature Pendle Witches icon to reflect East Lancashire’s pride in its past, present and future.

Meanwhile, on the inside, a new world of Sky Class luxury awaits, including:
  • High-comfort luxury seating, with leather headrests in Witchway’s signature orange
  • A choice of traditional duo and individual lounge seating, offering extra choice, space and style
  • Spacious group and twin tables – ideal for the family to enjoy the journey together or for easy, comfortable workspaces
  • Double glazing with tinted glass for privacy, class and a more relaxing travel experience
  • Wireless and USB mobile device charging at every seat
  • Superfast and free WiFi to stay connected every mile of the way
  • Low emission engines – meeting and beating the toughest environmental standards
  • Full colour next stop displays showing live bus and rail connections at key calling points
  • Witchway Book Club – with a great selection of reading books always at hand
  • Contactless payments – swift and secure, with money-saving ticket options for everyone
  • A glass ceiling to let in the Lancashire sunshine – and gaze at the stars when night falls
  • The friendly voice of TV soap star Jennie McAlpine, announcing next stops and key information throughout the journey
The new Witchway buses are based on the proven ADL E400MMC double-decker, built in Britain by the country’s biggest and most successful bus manufacturer. The new fleet is expected to cover one million miles every year – and will be driven and maintained by an amazing team of 120 colleagues at The Burnley Bus Company’s Queensgate depot.

The Witchway route makes great connections with Transdev’s network of local and regional services at Burnley and Rawtenstall bus stations, and with bus, tram and rail services in Manchester city centre. Full details of times and value fare options for day, week or longer travel on Witchway and the Transdev network are available online at: transdevbus.co.uk/witchway or on the free to download Transdev Go mobile app.


  1. Interesting that the seats have moquette on them. And that there's no mention of the X43 number.

  2. Leather headrests & side bolsters. Moquette panels for bum & back are warmer


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