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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

Runcorn to Liverpool Express X1 to be operated by MP Travel Commercially

MP Travel will be taking over the limited stop express X1 bus service that operates between Halton Hospital and Liverpool from Arriva North West from 25th January 2021.

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and staff shortages at Arriva's Runcorn Depot, local independent bus operator MP Travel has been operating the limited stop express X1 service between Runcorn Halton Hospital and Liverpool One Bus Station on behalf of Arriva North West since Monday 19th October 2020.
However, from the 25th January, MP Travel will be taking over the X1 commercially. This will mean that Arriva tickets will no longer be valid on the X1, however Merseytravel tickets like the Saveaway, Solo and Trio tickets will be accepted within the Merseyside area. Those wishing to travel beyond Speke to Runcorn will be able to purchase single tickets as well as Adult Day Tickets £4 and Adult Weekly Passes £12 which can be bought onboard from the driver using cash or contactless payments.

Supplied by MP Travel

Supplied by MP Travel

The X1 service operates between Runcorn Halton Hospital and Liverpool One Bus Station. It serves all tops along the route in Halton then only stopping at the following stops in Merseyside. Speke Boulevard Western Avenue, Speke Boulevard Speke Hall Avenue, Mersey Retail Park, St Mary’s Road (Whitehedge Road), Aigburth Road (Mersey Road), Aigburth Road (Aigburth Vale), Aigburth (Lark Lane), Park Road (High Park Street), St James Street (Hardy Street) to Liverpool One Bus Station.

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