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History of Widnes Bus Transport

Public buses have operated in Widnes since the formation of the Widnes corporation bus service in 1909. The corporation statred with four Commer covered top double deck buses from Luton's Commercial Cars Ltd. These were the first covered top double deck buses in England. They had to be covered top due to the corrosive atmosphere and acid rain in Widnes associated with the chemical factories at the time. Windes Corporation existed until 1974 and in its sixty five year life purchased over 100 buses.

The North West Museum of Road Transport has four of these buses on display.

Click on a bus to visit local tranport historian Paul Holmes website for a comprehensive history and photographic archive of Widnes Buses.

The fifth surviving bus is in the Great Manchester Transport Museum.

In April 1974 the cooprporation was integrated into Halton Transport which operates services to this day.

9 Comments:

Bedfordchief said...

These is no mention of the Leyland National that was restored by staff and donated to the twin town of Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic in 1999. This bus is in regul;ar use for special occasions.

Paul Holmes said...

Follow link for a full report and pictures of bus No 23

http://holmes.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/halton%20national%2023.htm

widnesian said...

where is XTB 748F, according to this site it was given to Manchester Transport Museum but is not in their collections list

widnesian said...

sorry that should be KTB 784F

Widnesian said...

KTB 748F is NOT in the manchester transport museum, it is owned privarely by one of the volunteers and is in a secure locatoin in Lancashire

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