Packed full of over 180 superb colour and black & white photographs of Manchester and Salford's buses, many previously unseen
Traditionally Corporation bus services served simply their own towns and cities. It was not uncommon for services to end at a boundary, even when the logical traffic objective was a little way beyond.
Manchester and Salford’s municipal bus operations observed no such niceties. They galloped on in cavalier fashion, 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.
Martin Arthur looked at these services, which formed the majority of both undertakings’ routes, in a series of articles for the Greater Manchester Transport Society’s Journal in 2011, describing the situation 50 years earlier, in 1961, and tracing the surviving remnants. With the help of former Buses editor Stephen Morris the book has brought the articles up to date and expanded their coverage to include Salford’s as well as Manchester’s cross boundary services, and has been totally re-illustrated.
Not only does it reflect how the changes in the way people use buses and the way the bus market has adjusted to that, it also reflects the changing demography of the Greater Manchester area, from the industrial powerhouse it still was in 1961, through decades of change and decline and into a new era of regeneration and expansion.
The Long Reach is 128pp softback, illustrated in colour and black & white, priced at £17.