Old Bus Tickets

Bolton Corporation – Setright Speed

Bolton Corporation - Setright Speed Bus TicketBolton Corporation on the north west outskirts of Manchester ran all the local routes around the town. I think they did operate with respective corporations longer distance services to nearby Bury, Wigan and Manchester although, the Manchester run may of been with another operator other than the corporation. If you know please leave a comment. Bolton Corporation was absorbed into the South East Lancashire and North East Cheshire Passenger Transport Authority (SELNEC) on the 1st November 1969. The above ticket is a straight forward Setright Speed printed on a beige coloured roll of paper and is blank on the reverse.

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Bolton ran joint services with Bury Corporation (23T Bolton-Bury via A58, 52 Bolton-Bury via Radcliffe), Salford Corporation (8 Bolton-Victoria Bridge via Farnworth & Pendlebury, 12 Bolton-Greengate via Walkden & Swinton – both of these routes also joint with Lancashire United) and Wigan Corporation (15 Bolton-Wigan via Aspull). Some of the local services around Bolton itself were jointly operated with Ribble (on the Blackburn Road and Tonge Moor Road corridors) and with Lancashire United (on the roads to Farnworth and Westhoughton). On the other side of the coin Bolton’s vehicles ran quite long distances on joint services with Ribble, being seen in Blackburn on the 215/225 and in Chorley and Southport on the 122. Those were the days!

Just realised that I missed one out – Leigh Corporation. Technically they were a joint operator on the Bolton/Lancashire United service 16 from Horwich (site of the old L&Y loco works) to Leigh via Westhoughton and Atherton, although I believe that Leigh’s share of the service was restricted to peak-hour short-workings between Leigh and Atherton. I could be wrong on this but I never saw a Leigh vehicle in Horwich. Another Leigh incursion into Bolton territory began in 1958 when new bus service 82 replaced the old South Lancashire Transport/Bolton joint trolleybus route from Bolton to Leigh. All the vehicles used on the trolleybus service were painted in SLT livery but four of them had Bolton legal lettering. In theory this was route 17D (although the trolleys had no route number display). Leigh had no interest in running trolleybuses but claimed their share when it was converted to motor-bus operation. This was definitely operated by Leigh, usually with their newest ‘deckers of the Loline/Renown era.

Neville Mercer