Friday, 9 September 2011

Round Up

Olympian 403 has returned to service for the start of the school term. Unlike most of its sisters it retains Metro Line 1 branding. Current repaints are Solo 251 and Trident 310 - this is the first Line 14 bus to lose its route livery and is being repainted after suffering front end accident damage recently.

The City Sightseeing service went out on a low on Sunday 4 September with Olympians 373 and 379 standing in for the open toppers.

Illuminations diversions have resumed, most operating every Saturday as well as weekdays in October half term week. There are two diversions - one in the Town Centre as follows:
Routes 10 and 11 divert at Manchester Square via Tyldesley Road, Rigby Road and Central Drive. They are joined by routes 5, 7, 14 and 17 via Central Drive, Albert Road, Cookson Street, Talbot Road to either Market Street or Clifton Street. On southbound journeys from Market Street they all serve Church St, Corporation St, Talbot Road, Dickson Road, Springfield Road, Lark Hill Street, Grosvenor Street, Church Street, Park Road, Reads Avenue, Central Drive with the 10 and 11 continuing via Rigby Road to Manchester Square.

The second diversion is in Bispham where the 3, 4 and 15 divert at Warbreck Drive via Cavendish Road, Devonshire Road to Bispham Roundabout with the 4 then serving Red Bank Road and Norcliffe Road to Norbreck. Southbound buses serve Northgate rather than Cavendish Road and also divert in the Town Centre from Pleasant Street via Road, Larkhill Street, Talbot Road, to Clifton Street.

Finally route 1 is extensively revised. Sunday to Thursday evenings sees the route divert at Manchester Square via the 10/11 diversion route to Talbot Road then Dickson Road to Gynn. Southbound buses run from Gynn via Dickson Road, Springfield Road, Larkhill Street, Grosvenor Street, Park Road, Reads Avenue, Central Drive and Rigby Road.

On Friday and Saturday (and October half term week) the 1 is curtailed after switch on to run Little Bispham to Fleetwood only - though with no timed connections or through fares with the tram service. It is understood the service turns onto Fleetwood Road at Anchorsholme then via Norbreck Road and Shore Road to Little Bispham.

Olympian 415 on route 1 duplicate on 31 August 2011

Route 20 still sees regular appearances by older Olympians including 416 on 1 September.
New liveried 379 heads back to Blackpool on the City Sightseeing Service on 4 September