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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

Free Christmas Day Bus Services in Merseyside

Photo by Tom Harrison on Flickr

Merseytravel is once again offering free bus services in Merseyside on Christmas Day, to help people make hospital visits or to spend time with friends and family.

Buses will operate a limited service on Christmas Day from around 12 noon until around 6pm on routes serving hospitals across Merseyside.

Free buses will operate a limited service on the following routes,
  • 10A between Liverpool Queen Square, Page Moss, Whiston & St Helens.
  • 12A between Liverpool Queen Square, West Derby, Stockbridge Village & Huyton.
  • 21A between Liverpool Queen Square, Fazakerley, Tower Hill, Fazakerley & Liverpool.
  • 44 between Formby Duke Street, Southport & Crossens.
  • 62A between Crosby, Bootle & Aintree University Hospital. 
  • 102 between Broadgreen Hospital, Alder Hey Hospital, Croxteth & Aintree University Hospital.
  • 201 between Liverpool Queen Square, Royal Liverpool Hospital, Garston & Speke Morrisons.
  • 410 between New Brighton, Liscard, Birkenhead, Bebington & Clatterbridge Hospital.
  • H1 between New Brighton, Liscard, Laird Street, Arrowe Park Hospital, Bromborough & Mill Park.
  • H2 between St Helens Bus Station, Portico Church, Whiston Hospital, Sutton Manor & St Helens.
  • H3 between St Helens Bus Station, Sutton Manor, Whiston Hospital, Portico Church & St Helens.
Hospitals that buses serve include Aintree University, Alder Hey, Arrowe Park, Broadgreen, Clatterbridge, Liverpool Women’s, Royal Liverpool, Southport, and Whiston Hospital.

No other bus, train, or ferry services will operate in Merseyside on Christmas Day.

The Kingsway (Wallasey) Mersey Tunnel and the Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey Tunnel will both be open throughout the holiday period. Both tunnels will be toll-free from 10pm on Thursday 24th December until 6am on Saturday 26th December 2020.

For a complete guide to public transport across Merseyside on Christmas Day, Boxing Day 2020 and New Years Day 2021 click here.

Visit merseytravel.gov.uk/travel-updates or ring Customer Services on 0151 330 1000 for further information on public transport throughout Merseyside and the Liverpool City Region.

All blog readers are reminded that it is mandatory to wear a face covering on all public transport in England. If you're travelling on Christmas Day, 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.

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