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Bullocks Coaches[1] is a bus and coach operator in Cheadle, Greater Manchester.

Bullocks Coaches
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A Bullocks Scania K410EB6, at the firm's depot
ParentBullock family
Founded1928
HeadquartersCheadle
Service areaGreater Manchester
Service typeBus & coach services
Fleet39 (September 2013)
Websitewww.bullockscoaches.net

HistoryEdit

 
Walter Alexander RL bodied Leyland Olympian in Manchester on route 42 in July 2008

The company was founded in 1928 by Ralph Bullock initially as a haulage firm, with milk deliveries being the early focus. At the weekend, the trucks turned into cloth-top charabancs for trips to the seaside. By the mid-1930s, the fleet included trucks and proper coaches, but the trucks were nationalized under the Transport Act 1947 by the Clement Attlee government, leaving only the coaches. Ralph was fond of Foden coaches, and the majority of the fleet throughout the 1940s to 1960s were Fodens, of which two still survive to this day, the oldest from 1949 is still roadworthy, and is currently on loan to the Museum of Transport in Manchester.

The firm remained small with around 20 vehicles, until 1986, when deregulation of the bus market allowed Bullocks to diversify. The fleet grew to around 75-80 vehicles in total with Bullocks acquiring many bus routes, and introducing new ones, including route 42 from Stockport to Manchester via Wilmslow Road. Over the years, the number of services declined having been lost to other operators. By 2008, it was operating seven routes and several school services, all except one of the commercial routes were sold off, most to Stagecoach Manchester and a couple to Arriva North West.

In August 2008, Stagecoach Manchester purchased all of the commercial bus operations of Bullocks except route 147.[2] Bullocks continue to operate several school bus services, as well as coaches.

In October 2013, Bullocks purchased the Finglands Coachways coach charter business from East Yorkshire Motor Services.[3]

ServicesEdit

Until 2018, Bullocks Coaches operated one route, the 147 Oxford Road Link that linked Manchester Piccadilly station with Manchester's main hospitals on Oxford Road.[4] However, in September 2018, the contract for this route passed to Stagecoach [5], who now operate the route under their Magic Bus brand [6].
At the present time, the only regular bus routes operated by Bullock's are school services.[7]

FleetEdit

As well as coaches, Bullocks formerly operated four Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5Ls on route 147,[8] In 2018 these passed to Lothian Buses [9] in exchange for several Scania Omnicities, which will be used on school services.

As at September 2013 the fleet consisted of 39 buses and coaches.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 340175 R Bullock & Co (Transport) Limited
  2. ^ Stagecoach Announces Bullocks Acquisition Stagecoach 8 August 2008
  3. ^ EYMS sell Finglands' coaches Archived 18 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Bus & Coach Professional 10 October 2013
  4. ^ Oxford Road Link Route147
  5. ^ "Changes to the 147 bus service". University of Manchester - StaffNet. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Service 147 has gone Magic!". Stagecoach. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Find registered local bus services". Vehicle operator licensing. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  8. ^ Bullocks of Cheadle select Volvo hybrid double deckers for key Manchester route Volvo Buses United Kingdom & Ireland 25 March 2011
  9. ^ "Lothian 592 LP11YAY". Flickr. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  10. ^ Manchester Independents North West Buses

Further readingEdit

  • Buses magazine, January 1993: Bullocks of Cheadle, Howard J. Piltz
  • Bus & Coach Preservation magazine, February 2003: Fabulous Foden, Bullock's survivors, Stephen Morris & Philip Lamb
  • The Foden News, c. 1953: Mr R. Bullock of Cheadle.

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