Stockport Metroshuttle see’s new Operator

Stockport Metroshuttle see’s new Operator

The Stockport Metroshuttle first began operating during Christmas 2007 as a complementary shuttle designed to help ferry the elderly and disabled around Stockport more easily. It was reintroduced on November 29, 2008 as permanent fixture.

When the service was first reintroduced it was branded the Stockport Shuttle Bus it was operated by Solutions SK on behalf of Stockport Council before operations switched to Freshfield Coaches the following month, after it was revealed that SolutionsSK had been operating the service with a freight licence.

Solutions SK Optare Solo M850 MX03 EHC.
Picture by Atlantean OTO570M on Flickr

The service was re-branded in August 2009 to form part of the Metroshuttle network, and was given a new livery to mark the change. Prior to this, the fleet (consisting of Optare Solos) were unpainted and fairly run down, even lacking roll blinds. The fleet was replaced with new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 darts, fitted with digital displays.

Swans Coaches Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 MX09 MHY.
Picture by Arriva North West & Wales & Mcr Independents on Flickr

In 2010, the operator of the service changed yet again, with Oldham-based company Swan’s Travel taking over the service on a short-term basis. By October 2012 the service was then taken up by Bluebird of Middleton using two Enviro 200’s.

Former Preston Bus Optare Solo M850 PO56 RNY.
Picture by davidshrimpton60 on Flickr

Then in March 2011 the service was taken over by Stagecoach Manchester, who run the majority of services in Stockport.

Arriva North West Optare Solo M980SL (679) CX58 FYY.
Picture by Ian Hale on Flickr

On the 1st July 2012 the Stockport Metroshuttle service was transferred to Arriva North West‘s Wythenshawe depot using two Optare Solo’s from their own fleet but painted into the Stockport Metroshuttle livery.

Tom Harrison

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