Manchester Connections on the Wirral

Manchester Connections on the Wirral

The C1 school bus service was set up in 2006 following requests from parents and students who live in the New Brighton, Liscard, Wallasey and Leasowe areas who travel to and from Calday Grange Grammar School.

Following its success, the service was also extended to serve students at West Kirby Grammar School as well as an additional duplicated service which follows behind around 10 minutes after the first departure.

The route operates on a Monday to Friday basis in term time, using two vehicles, which are usually both Leyland Olympian’s, the first of which is operated by CAS 623A a tri-axle Leyland Olympian with Aleaxnder RH bodywork which was formally registered C168 HBA, it was formerly with Stagecoach Bluebird but latterly with Stagecoach Manchester for Magic Bus duties but originally new to KMB in Hong Kong where it was registered DH 9487.

Cass of Wirral Leyland Olympian CAS 623A on Brougham Road, Seacombe

The second vehicle used on the C1 route is also a Leyland Olympian but with a stronger Manchester connection, this one with the GM Standard Northern Counties bodywork registered C174 YBA, it was new to Greater Manchester PTE in 1985 which subsequently passed onto Stagecoach Manchester in it’s later life, this too still see’s daily work on the service.

Cass of Wirral Leyland Olympian C174 YBA on Brighton Street, Seacombe

The C1 route starts at Seacombe, Brighton Street at 07.45 and one just slightly later and takes a route to Calday Grange Grammar School via Seabank Road, Mount Pleasant Road, Seaview Road, Liscard Crescent, Wallasey Road, Wallasey Village, Leasowe Station, Moreton Cross and arriving at West Kirby Girls School at 08.30 with two return services in the afternoon too.

Students who do not wish to use the bus every week are able to purchase a day ticket at Calday Grange Grammar School’s Finance Office. However there is an option to pay a cash fare to the driver for school children and students which is ideal for passengers only travelling to Wallasey Schools, alternatively there is the option of purchasing the “full pass” which enables the student a whole term of travel for a fixed sum.

Tom Harrison

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