Greenhill Grammar School Oldham - Oldham Bus Routes
Oldham Bus Routes:
The Alphabetic Routes (A-L)
The Bus Garage at Mumps
A Chapel Rd to Greenacres
The "A" bus was an entirely within Oldham County Borough route.
Terminus by the Church in on Chapel Rd, up Chamber Rd to Coppice St. Coppice St to Napier St West, then Union St West to Union St. the final leg was through Mumps to Greenacres Rd terminating at the Cemetery. There were no buildings like that anywhere en route.
(There was a later variant to the route that went Chapel Rd, Limeside Rd, Elm Rd, Trough Gate, Heron St, re joining the old route at Chamber Rd, while the newly created "H" bus went the opposite way round the new loop - but again nothing like that en route)
So as you see there is some doubt about the correctness of this photograph.
B I think Fitton Hill Estate, Keswick Ave?, Honeywell Lane? Ashton Rd, Star Inn, King St, Manchester St, Werneth Fire Station, Oxford St, Block Lane, ?
C. Middleton Junction to Mossley
D. Rhodes Bank, then went along Union St, Union St West down Crossbank St to Manchester St, right at Werneth Fire Station went down Oxford St into Chadderton, Long Lane, Hollinwood Ave, ?
E There was an E and I think it was a single deck and went to Strinesdale.from St Peters St behind the old Tech building.
Isabel posted: Didn't the "little" E bus go down Lees Road and then turned off after Grotton to go to Mossley. I seem to remember it was coloured green and had something like SHMD on the side as it wasn't an Oldham bus. Did that stand for Stalybridge, Hyde and Mossley or have I dreamt that?
Roger added: I think she 's right.
And Jeremy said: Stick on "Duckinfield" to give you the "D"
F Was there one?
G The G used to go down Waterloo St. and down to the bottom of Abbeyhills Road, terminating at The Welcome pub.
H Last one to be added after the opening of Trough Gate allowed the A to go on to Limeside/Limehurst along Limeside Rd and come back up Elm Rd and Heron St to Chamber Rd. The H went the opposite way - Heron, Elm, Limeside Rd,
The Alphabetic Routes (M-Z)
M. A short version of the 9 bus terminating at the Rochdale and Ashton boundaries
N Was there one?
O Hollinwood, Hollins Rd, Copsterhill Rd to town and then on to Lees
My book says that the O and T services were the busiest in Oldham and hence they got the new buses.
P. I don't recall this one at all?
Matt says: the P bus was the Uppermill Circular and went in the opposite direction to the 153 from July 1944 to December 1966 when it became the 155
an Oldham Chronicle photo.
T Hollinwood, Hollins Rd, Copsterhill Rd to town and then on to Grotton
S Hollinwood, Hollins Rd, Copsterhill Rd to town and then on to ?
The S bus terminated on Lees Road at the bottom of Clarksfield Road. We used the O, T and S routes to go into Oldham from there and the 10 and 14 to go to Manchester. Isabel
V. Did something similar to the G. Was it the opposite way n a circular route? The V and the 4 used to be known as the circular. They used to go on the same route but in opposite directions. From the Town Hall up to Glodwick and back again in a circle.
X Special buses going to Latics or Rugby, or not in service
Oldham Corporation Bus Routes:
The Numeric Routes ( 1-59 )
1 The 1 ran the 98 route within the Borough. (i.e. Waterhead to a terminus by Ferrantis at Hollinwood.)
2 and 24 Both went from Shaw to Manchester via Broadway.
Matt says: the 2 went from New Hey to Manchester (Stevenson Square); 24 went Rochdale - Chadderton Town Hall - Manchester Stevenson Square).
3 .The 3 was a short version of the 59.
Matt says: the 3 terminated at Middleton.
4 These were the buses into Strinesdale and Moorside/Sholver
Matt says: the 4 was the Holts - Town Hall circular and went in the opposite direction to the V
5 These were the buses into Strinesdale and Moorside/Sholver
Matt says: Chadderton Hall Park - Strinesdale
6 These were the buses into Strinesdale and Moorside/Sholver
Matt says: Chadderton Hall Park - Denshaw
7. Jeremy says "My father used the 7 from 1952 to1957 when he was the Head at Beever St. He caught it at the Fire-station and took him across Egerton St so he could get off at the top of Beever St and walk down to school. When he became Head at Limehurst in 1957, he then found he was using the 7 the other way down to Limeside."
Matt Says, "Number 7 went from Limeside to Higginshaw via town". As for Jeremy's father being Head at Limehurst, I'm sure Jeremy has the dates correct but I was there from 1956 to 1959 and the only Head I can remember is Mr Sutcliffe. Matt Thornley
Matt says: Higginshaw - Limeside; or Holts - Limeside (The latter was a G in the opposite direction)
8. Hollinwood via Werneth Fire Station and Featherstall Rd to Shaw (Crow's Nest?)
Matt says: Hollinwood - Werneth - Shaw (Wrens Nest)
8 I have this photo of a single decker in the 1920s giving its destination as Derker so they must've changed it.
9 Ashton to Rochdale via Oldham
10 went to Greenfield (the Clarence) via Grotton. Weren't the 10,13 and 14 (possibly the 11 and 12 as well) the "express" buses to Manchester? I think one went via Copsterhill Road down to Hollinwood and on to Manchester Lever Street. Others went down Manchester Street. These took about 30 minutes, only stopping at well-separated stops, whereas the 98 took about an hour,stopping at what seemed to be every hundred yards. On the return journey, they passed through Oldham and on to Delph, Uppermill and Greenfield.
The 10 (180) went out the Lees way as far as Greenfield Station and them turned down into Greenfield and terminated at the Clarence
11 both the 11 and 12 routes had the same terminus in Derker. The other ends were Middleton and, I think Royton.
The 11 ran the same route as the 12 but terminated at Stottfield in Royton
12 The 10, 13 and 14 became the 180, 183, 184 with the SELNEC * enumeration.
They were all Manchester Saddleworth routes and they may all have been Northwestern.
They had a common route through Oldham, using Hollins Rd, Copsterhill Rd, Ashton Rd into the town centre.I'm not sure which was which, but leaving Oldham one went out through W Waterhead to Scouthead and down to Delph before swinging back through Uppermill, Lydgate, Lees and down to Oldham. The other went out through Lees and did it the other way round.
The 10 (180) went out the Lees way as far s Greenfield Station and them turned down into Greenfield and terminated at the Clarence.
All three were express buses (e.g. limited stop).
The 12 ran from Derker to Oldham and then out to Royton down past Oldham Brewery (passing reference to keep Robert interested). In Royton it turned down Middleton Rd and then went through North Chadderton to Middleton. The 11 ran the same route as the 12 but terminated at Stottfield in Royton
[*SELNEC = South East Lancs North East Cheshire. I think as a result of legislation, it was an amalgamation of all municipal bus services in the area. It meant the passing of the distinctive borough liveries (Oldham's maroon, the Ashton and Rochdale blues, Manchester's Red and the replacement with a cream and orange livery). It also meant a re-codification of the route names.most internal Oldham routes had 400 added. So the 9 became the 409, the 12 became the 412, A became the 419, the D became the 421 and so on. SELNEC became Greater Manchester Transport in1974]
13 Here's a picture of a 13 in 1950 on High St. I can't read it's destination but it's an Oldham Corporation bus.
13 and 14 went Huddersfield Rd, Delph, Uppermill, Greenfield Station, Grotton, Lees Rd in opposite directions but I'm not sure which went which way.
14 13 and 14 went Huddersfield Rd, Delph, Uppermill, Greenfield Station, Grotton, Lees Rd in opposite directions but I'm not sure which went which way.
2 and 24 Both went from Shaw to Manchester via Broadway.
25. Holts Estate via Abbeyhills and Town Hall
Oldham Corporation Bus Routes:
The Numeric Routes ( 59-end )
59 Waterhead to Manchester via Middleton?
Matt says: the 59 went from Shaw (Wrens Nest) to Manchester (Chorlton street) via Middleton.
Yorkshire St c 1960
This one is pictured in Piccadilly, Manchester
98 Stevenson Square to Waterhead via Oldham
North Western Road Car Company
This one's going to Shaw.
Look at the small windows on the windscreen of the upper deck. Very sensible when just about everyone smoked on the upper deck of a bus.
The Oldham buses didn't have these.
Matt says: Another thing the North Western upper deck had was a side aisle and long bench seats.
What about the Greenline bus from Greeves St? Did it go to Stalybridge?
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