The Long Reach: Manchester & Salford’s cross-boundary bus services

The Long Reach: Manchester & Salford’s cross-boundary bus services

A new book based on a series of articles for the Greater Manchester Transport Society’s Journal, looks at the forward-thinking Manchester and Salford’s municipal bus operations of the 1960s.

Unlike traditional corporation bus services, Manchester and Salford took a cavalier approach to boundaries: “They galloped on… ignoring boundaries and providing useful links with surrounding towns. Their buses could be seen far from their home territory, not just in other surrounding town centres but out in Pennine foothills in Yorkshire and Derbyshire and in pretty Cheshire villages.”

Using the original articles from Martin Arthur FCILT, Bus User’s former Deputy Chief Executive, Stephen Morris, has brought the subject right up-to-date in The Long Reach: Manchester & Salford’s cross-boundary bus services 1961-2015. The book explores the changing needs of passengers over the years and how bus services have had to adapt. It also examines the evolving demography of the Greater Manchester area, from industrial powerhouse into an era of regeneration and expansion.

With new illustrations, The Long Reach ISBN 978-0-946022-02-1 is available from Museum of Transport, Boyle Street, Manchester M8 8UW priced £17 plus £1.28 p&p.

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