Southport – Looking back to 1967 and the County Borough’s Centenary Celebrations

The other day I had the opportunity to purchase a booklet (originally priced at 2/6d. but I paid a fair bit more than that) celebrating transport in Southport County Borough in the 100 years from 1867 to 1967. Obviously I could not let the opportunity pass me by so I bought it. This is the cover:-

Inside it states – ‘Brochure issued by Southport Corporation Transport Department to commemorate the Borough’s Centenary Celebrations, 1967’ and back then the Borough Transport Committee had 2 Aldermen and 13 Councillors on it. If my understanding is correct there’s presently one Southport Councillor (John Dodd) on the Merseytravel Committee and that covers the whole of Merseyside! That’s some change indeed. Here’s the back cover of the booklet:-

The booklet traces the history of trams and buses in this 100 period and it is illustrated with many black and white photos but this page particularly interested me with it’s statistics:-

Southport like many towns and cities across the UK must now regret the fashion on getting rid of trams as they would make a great addition to the town as tourist destination in 2019. Of course Southport did have a pier tram until recent times as illustrated below:-

Southport Pier and its much missed pier tram

And here’s a photo I took not so long ago of a former Southport Corporation bus, now lovingly preserved:-

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Ribble Centenary – Arriva Photos

I’ve posted a couple of times recently about 2019 being the centenary of the creation of Ribble buses. My two previous posts are available via the links below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/04/04/ribble-motor-services-this-would-have-been-their-centenary/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/04/22/that-ribble-centenary-again/

Maghull resident Kevin Duggan has now let me have a couple of photos of a special livery ‘Ribble’ Arriva bus which we could all see out on the road a suppose…… Watch out for a red 300 or 310…….

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Nodding Donkeys to Village Halls – Pacer Trains to have a new future?

A Pacer at Preston Station

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48434379

I had a laugh when I read this BBC website article (see link above) about the coming end of the hugely unpopular ‘Pacer’ trains and that they could have a potential future use as village halls, cafes etc.

Of course the obvious question is why, as it’s often commented upon within railway circles about what bad condition many of these old diesel units are actually in. And why this class of old train? Many classes of old railway stock are being replaced at present due to them being life expired, for example Merseyrail (which gets a mention in the article) is replacing all it’s Class 507/508 rolling stock from 2020 – are they to be suggested for reuse as public buildings too?

I wonder if the former MP for Southport (John Pugh) would like an old Pacer for a garden shed as he (quite rightly) campaigned along with many others for Pacers to be taken out of service?:-) See link below from a 2014 posting of mine:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/09/30/nodding-donkeys-in-southport-well-class-142-pacers-anyway-but-dont-tell-john-pugh-mp/

Inside a down at heel Pacer

With thanks to Lydiate photographer Keith Page for the lead to this posting. Keith also links the future of these unloved trains to our lack of public toilets in communities up and down the land:-)

Downholland – Queueing for the swing bridge to open

Following the shocking vandalism to the electrical control box of Bridge 20 on the Leeds Liverpool Canal a few weeks back where Greens Lane/Eagar Lane cross it this was the scene one day recently:-

Interestingly the C&RT refer to the bridge as ‘Coxhead’ (see notice displayed by the bridge below), a name I’ve not heard before. I thought it’s local name was Rimmer’s Bridge. Can anyone with local knowledge clarify? I suppose it could be like Billy’s Bridge in Lydiate also being known as Lydiate Hill Bridge i.e. more than one local name?

Is there any update from Lancashire Police about the unprovoked attack on the bridge control box? – Not that a control box could provoke an attack of course!

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M58/Melling – Ashworth Junction works start

Well it seems that works have finally started to make this junction a full one. This was the scene this morning 28th May as set up works were commencing:-

My old friend and former Sudell ward Sefton Councillor (and former Mayor of the Borough of Sefton) Cliff Mainey started the fight to get this junction made into a full one quite some years ago; early 2000’s if memory serves.