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

Friday 23 October 2009

One every twelve-minutes-You must be joking!

Stafford's main bus route is the No.9 which runs via the Town Centre and Railway Station from the large Highfields Estate to the SW of the town beside the M6 to the Hospital and University to the East. The twelve-minute frequency dates back to the days when Chaserider Ford Transit mini-buses in the town ran every few minutes. This route under Arriva became council-sponsored and gained a fleet of eight dedicated new buses, and with the exception of 2338 from Shrewsbury these low-floor Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts Nos.2329-332/4-8 have become the oldest in the town that haven't come in being exchanged as cast-offs from other garages. The batch still mostly work the No.9 but now it runs half-hourly as another half-hourly Town Service No.1 makes it every fifteen-minutes to the Hospital and the half-hourly Cannock services also serve the Hospital. Still it seems a long time if you just miss one as the Cannock and No.9 tend to come together.

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