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

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Arriva Fleet; Huge Cuts at Stafford

Following a disagreement with the Borough Council over funding Arriva has decided to reduce it's fleet in Stafford from sixty buses to a mere sixteen plus two spares. The Garage will then only work town service routes with some frequency cuts, starting later and which will all finish by 8.pm. Becoming a sub-depot of Cannock no doubt there are plans to move the garage to smaller premises and many of the longer services will be transferred to this garage too where there is unused capacity. The unreliable former Stevensons route to Uttoxeter will probably go to Burton with a couple of buses being housed at the Spath outstation with the Telford to Stafford route going to Wellington. No doubt this will bring a bit more variety into the town bus wise but it can't be very nice for the crews who have to re-apply for the few driving jobs that will remain after February.

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