Bullocks Coaches

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Bullocks Coaches
Bullocks Coaches logo.png
Oxford Road Link bus (BU11 OKK), 19 August 2011.jpg
Oxford Road Link Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5L in August 2011
Parent Bullock family
Founded 1928
Headquarters Cheadle
Service area Greater Manchester
Service type Bus & coach services
Fleet 39 (September 2013)
Website www.bullockscoaches.net

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

History[edit]

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 nationalised 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 acquring 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 Fingland's coach charter business from East Yorkshire Motor Services.[3]

Services[edit]

Bullocks Coaches operates one route, the 147 Oxford Road Link that links Manchester Piccadilly station with Manchester's main hospitals on Oxford Road.[4]

Fleet[edit]

As well as coaches, Bullocks operate four Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5Ls on route 147.[5] As at September 2013 the fleet consisted of 39 buses and coaches.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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 busandcoach.com 10 October 2013
  4. ^ Oxford Road Link Route147
  5. ^ Bullocks of Cheadle select Volvo hybrid double deckers for key Manchester route Volvo Buses United Kingdom & Ireland 25 March 2011
  6. ^ Manchester Independents North West Buses

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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