#AYearOfBuses 179: Dumfries – Carlisle

Stagecoach bus 79

Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancs’ cross-border route 79 is our winner today on #AYearOfBuses. From the traditional market town of Dumfries, in Galloway, Scotland, the 79 takes a picturesque stride down to Annan and across the border to the city of Carlisle. From Dumfries, it takes the B724, a stunning route lined with Scottish Pine […]

#AYearOfBuses 160: South Downs Chichester – Midhurst

South Downs 160

Stagecoach’s leisurely route through the South Downs National Park is today’s winner on #AYearOfBuses. Starting¬†from the small market town of Midhurst, nestled in the South Downs National Park, the 60 sets off on a scenic 12-mile stroll towards Chichester. After leaving Midhurst, it runs through the tiny village of Singleton, with Weald & Downland, the […]

#AYearOfBuses 158: Edinburgh – St Andrews


Stagecoach East Scotland’s express route linking St Andrews with the Scottish capital is our winner today on #AYearOfBuses! Upon leaving Edinburgh, the X58 crosses the Firth of Forth at Queensferry, before heading to the coastal towns of Kirkcaldy, Leven, and on to St Andrews. Express X58 is home to a fleet of route branded, high-spec […]

#AYearOfBuses 151: Blackwood – Newport

Stagecoach 151

Day 151 on #AYearOfBuses has to be one of South Wales’ most scenic routes, full stop. Stagecoach’s Gold 151 links Blackwood, in the Valleys of Wales, with the city of Newport with buses running up to every 10 mins. As it snakes it way down through the valleys, the 151 passes through historic villages such […]

#AYearOfBuses 147: Manchester – West Didsbury

Magic Bus 147

Another weapon in Stagecoach’s Oxford Road arsenal, today’s winner on #AYearOfBuses is Magic Bus 147. The 147 started life in 2005 as Manchester’s ‘Oxford Road Link’, a university and hospital contract ran by Bullocks with a small fleet of brand new Scania Omnicities. Stagecoach gobbled up Bullocks’ local bus operations in 2008, but interestingly, the […]

#AYearOfBuses 142: Magic Bus Manchester – East Didsbury

Magic Bus 142

Today’s winner on #AYearOfBuses is magic! It’s an all-time classic – it’s student favourite, Magic Bus 142. Stagecoach’s Magic Bus brand was introduced to Manchester in the 1990s, in an attempt to obliterate competition from Finglands, Walls and Bullocks, amongst others. Initially running near-life expired Leyland Atlanteans and Olympians, Magic Bus was a bargain bucket, […]

#AYearOfBuses 136: N136 Oxford Circus – Chislehurst


Today’s winner here on #AYearOfBuses is our very first night bus! And it’s an interesting one, too. The N136 is actually a night bus version of TWO daytime routes – its namesake, the 136 (run by Stagecoach), and commuter route 436 (run by Go Ahead). During the daytime, the 136 runs between Elephant and Castle, […]

#AYearOfBuses 125: Preston – Bolton

Gold 125

It’s back to Preston’s iconic Grade II-listed bus station for day 125 on #AYearOfBuses! Stagecoach Merseyside and Lancashire’s flagship Gold 125 links the northern city of Preston with the large southern-Lancashire towns of Chorley and Bolton using those signature luxurious, high-spec double-deck Scanias. We mentioned the 125 back on day 114 of #AYearOfBuses, adding that […]

#AYearOfBuses 122: Hop122 St Marychurch – Paignton Zoo


Hop up top with the Bus Hoppers! Stagecoach’s Hop122 is today’s feature here on #AYearOfBuses. Strongly marketed towards families and children, Stagecoach South West’s Golden Hop122 open-top buses feature a range of friendly characters – the Bus Hoppers! Led by Gary the Rabbit, they travel a scenic route around Torbay between Babbacombe, St Marychurch, Torquay […]

#AYearOfBuses 120: Halfway – Fulwood


One of Sheffield’s most important routes, the 120 is today’s focus here on #AYearOfBuses. Dominated by the duality in the city that is First and Stagecoach, the 120 is one of Sheffield’s busiest bus routes. It runs cross-city, from Halfway in the east, to the Crystal Peaks shopping centre and retail park, and on to […]

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