North Western Road Car Company (1923)

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This article is about the original 1923-1974 bus company based in Stockport, England. For the 1986-1997 company based in Liverpool, England, see North Western Road Car Company (1986).
A preserved Bristol RELL of the North Western Road Car Co

The North Western Road Car Company was a bus company in Stockport, England, formed in 1923 from the existing bus services of the British Automobile Traction Company Limited (itself a subsidiary of the British Electric Traction Company Limited) in Macclesfield. The company operated bus services in five counties (Cheshire, Lancashire, West Riding of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire) through a combination of growth and the acquisition of other bus companies, such as the takeover in 1924 of the Mid-Cheshire Motor Bus Company Limited, which brought new operations in Northwich and Flixton. The company also operated express coach services to London, North Wales and Yorkshire.

North Western had garages in:

  • Altrincham: Oakfield Street
  • Biddulph: Whalley Street
  • Buxton: Bridge Street
  • Castleton, Back Street[1]
  • Glossop: York Street
  • Macclesfield: Sunderland Street
  • Manchester: Hulme Hall Road
  • Matlock: Bakewell Road
  • Northwich: Chester Way
  • Oldham: Clegg Street
  • Stockport: Charles Street
  • Urmston: Higher Road
  • Wilmslow: Church Street

The company later became part of the National Bus Company, which eventually split it between its neighbouring subsidiaries; its depots in Stockport, Oldham, Glossop, Altrincham and Urmston areas were transferred to the SELNEC PTE in 1972. The remaining depots and services in Cheshire were transferred to Crosville, apart from the depots in Buxton and Matlock which were transferred to Trent Motor Traction. North Western kept hold of its Manchester depot for its remaining express coach services, but the company was renamed as National Travel (North West) Limited in 1974.


  • Ogden, Eric. (1980) North Western: V. 1, The Transport Publishing Company. ISBN 0-903839-20-2

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