I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Leigh Bus Station 1980

Leigh is situated half-way between Manchester and Liverpool close to the A580 East Lancs Road and lies at the heart of what was once Lancashire United Territory. At one time before it became a part of Greater Manchester, Leigh had a small fleet of about sixty blue and cream buses which were mostly double-deck. Because of height restrictions at the Holden Road garage all these were of the lowheight or lowbridge variety like this East-Lancs bodied AEC Ronown seen at the Bus Station in it's orange and cream Greater-Manchester PTE days beside a typical attractive Northern Counties bodied Guy Arab belonging to Lancashire United.


osprey1 said...

In the text linked to Leigh bus station 1980 it is stated that Holden Road/Guest Street garage was the reason for lowbridge double deckers. There was another reason until 1963 - Glazebury station bridge on the George Stevenson Liverpool to Manchester railway which had an arch height of 13 feet 8 inches. Leigh buses on the 5 and 46/47 services passed through it and had to have a clearance.
Frank E. Taylor -

christopher said...

Thanks Frank I didn't know that, but I'm sure the low entry to the garage must have been of greater concern.