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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 Service 500 returns to Selwyns Travel

Photo by Tom Harrison on Flickr

Selwyns Travel are once again operating the Liverpool Airport service 500 on behalf of Merseytravel and Arriva. This comes as Arriva North West resumed operation of the service on Monday 4th January 2021.

While no official statement has been released, we understand the reason behind the operator change is due to driver availability reasons relating to Covid-19. Selwyns will be better placed to operate the service in the meantime using drivers that would normally be employed on school services or National Express work.

Interestingly Selwyns have provided the service with Plaxton Elite bodied Volvo B9R coaches. Following observations, passengers weren't being charged to use the service to and from the City Centre and Airport when I tried it out on Saturday 2nd January 2021.
As mentioned in our previous post, 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. 

These three buses are now operating on other bus services that operate to the airport, such as the 86A that operates between Liverpool One Bus Station, Smithdown Road, Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The 500 service will operate to the existing limited stop timetable, which operates every 30 minutes between 4am and Midnight every day. See our last post Liverpool John Lennon Airport 500 Service to Be Operated by Selwyns for more information.

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