Celebrating 50 Years of Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive

A selection of buses being used at the Merseyside Transport Trust's Running Day.The North West Bus Blog

The Merseyside Transport Trust held its annual running day event on Sunday 8th September, helping to raise funds for the upkeep of its fleet of over 50 vintage vehicles.

This is a rare and unique opportunity to enjoy a ride on some of buses in our collection, some of which featured at The ‘Light Night’ event back in May. The event is also aimed to attract new members, volunteers, sponsorship & generate interest within the community.

As many of our readers will probably know, 2019 marks the 50th year since the formation of Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive (MPTE), firstly in Liverpool and the Wirral then, in 1974, St Helens and Southport. The PTE was responsible for bringing greater integration to Merseyside Transport network including Trains and Ferries as well as Buses.

Therefore it was without a doubt that this year’s September running day had a special Merseyside PTE theme. The MTT put together their resources to run routes within the original 3 divisions of North/South Liverpool and into the Wirral Peninsula. A variety of MPTE buses from the Trusts collection, some familiar and perhaps a surprise or two.

Regular buses departed from the Pier Head at Mann Island with supplementary routes provided by visiting Ribble and Crosville buses.

Visiting vehicles from the Wirral Transport Museum, Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust and the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust were also in attendance on the day, making for a truly diverse and interesting day for any bus enthusiast.

Lee Wolfe, Events Officer for the MTT said: “This event is now in its 14th year and has gone from strength to strength using a similar format. We have been consistently attracting large numbers which is encouraging for a small charity and always looking at ways to make this event a huge success. All funds raised at the event will go a long way in helping to keep our collection safe for the future. We rely totally on donations & the good nature of people.”

For more information on the Merseyside Transport Trust, see their website mttrust.co.uk, or join their popular Facebook Group.

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