The sudden demise of Halton Transport is another sad step in the disappearance of most of the UK’s once numerous municipal bus operations, reducing to just eight the number of council-owned arms length companies left in three of the home nations.

Halton Transport 3 (AE57 FAM), an MCV Evolution-bodied Alexander Dennis Dart, framed by the entrance to the 97-year-old garage still displaying its corporation past with doors once provided for the Engineer and the Superintendent.

It ends just over 110 years of continuous municipal bus provision in Widnes and leaves Blackpool Transport and Warrington’s Own Buses as the last of 32 such undertakings that served north-west England just over 50 years ago.


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