The 170 new Volvo electrics on order for Stagecoach will mark the next chapter in the story of a former municipal undertaking with conservative tastes that put traditionally configured Lancashire-built Leylands into its fleet right up to the point that Selnec PTE took over

News that Stagecoach has ordered 170 MCV-bodied Volvo BZL electric double- and singledeckers for Stockport is a reminder of how times have changed in this part of Greater Manchester which was a county borough in Cheshire before local government was reformed in April 1974.

Stockport Corporation Transport was one of 11 municipal undertakings transferred to the Selnec (Southeast Lancashire, north-east Cheshire) Passenger Transport Executive in November 1969 and its 149 vehicles made it the larger of the two from north-east Cheshire (the other was the Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley & Dukinfield Transport & Electricity Board, better known as the SHMD).

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