Independent transport videos welcome you to our 11th edition DVD programme of the Merseyside Transport Trust's (MTT) annual “Liverpool Buses Running Day”. Recording this event is a great honour for us and for 2018 we have done things a little differently for you that we are sure you will enjoy. This year the event was centred on Mann Island at Liverpool Pier Head, Aigburth Vale and Penny Lane. Buses taking part were AEC Regents A36 and A267, Leyland Titan L227, Leyland Atlanteans L501, 1111, 1236 and 1365 as well as Leyland Panther 1054. Visiting vehicles were represented by buses from Wallasey Corporation, Crosville, Ribble, North Western and even Wilts & Dorset to name but a few. These featured Leyland Atlanteans, Nationals, Olympians, Bristol VRTs, MCW Metrobus, a Scania and a Dennis Javelin.
Filming began early in the morning to capture some of the feeder services coming into the city. Our cameras then moved out onto the streets to see the buses in action. The locations include West Derby Road, Everton Road, London Road, Belvedere Road, Aigburth Road and Prescot Road. Within the city centre we see action on Dale Street and at the main hub – Mann Island on the Pier Head. For the first time we fix a camera to the front lower-deck bulkhead window of AEC Regent III, A36 (NKD 536). New in October 1953 this Crossley bodied 56-seat double-decker was the first Liverpool Corporation double-decker to be preserved. We travel on it, with another camera on the upper deck to the busy Penny Lane interchange on service 4B. The action is recorded at Penny Lane recreating scenes from the early 1960s! We continue our filming at Aigburth Vale and along Devonshire Road before filming the final arrivals and departures at the Pier Head thus concluding a most enjoyable day.
Whilst out filming the event our cameras also filmed some of the contemporary 2018 bus scene in Liverpool featuring both Arriva and Stagecoach buses. Of particular interest are the Stagecoach Scania N230 ADL Enviro400 double-deckers recently transferred from Stagecoach South and still branded for the ‘700 Coastliner’ service that runs between Portsmouth and Brighton. Some of these buses can be seen on our programmes that feature buses in Brighton. We also see Stagecoach’s latest Enviro 400MMC double-deckers with ’68 registrations, some 9 days old! Our programme concludes with a Photo Gallery of the day from the camera of Mark Youdan. A big thank you all concerned as usual for putting on this superb show for all to enjoy.
Produced by Independent Transport Videos
Running time - 55 minutes (approx)
Format - 16:9 Widescreen
Released - October 2018