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:-

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them

Arriva not withdrawing from Southport – Company answers the rumours firmly with a NO.

Rumours of Arriva withdrawing from Southport have been taken up by Lib Dem Councillor John Dodd and a firm response to the speculation has come back from the bus company:-

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I can tell you quite clearly that Arriva have no intention of withdrawing from Southport now or in the future. We have a successfully business in Southport and therefore it would be ludicrous to pull out. If anything we wish to strengthen our services in Southport and surrounding areas. To this end next Friday, 3rd October at ECO Centre at 11:30 am, we are launching 9 brand new state of the art Double Deckers which come with Free Wi-Fi and E-Leather seats. This is an investment of £2 million pounds in new vehicles for our Southport to Wigan service.

Furthermore the following week , we will announce a fare reduction for all our local services. We will be undertaking a local Marketing campaign to advertise this.

I hope the above shows Arrivas’ commitment to Southport and our customers.