On Saturday November 14, Stagecoach Manchester will be holding a ‘Farewell to the B10M’ running day on service 192 Hazel Grove – Stockport – Manchester, the route on which the once ubiquitous Alexander PS bodied Stagecoach standard vehicle type first regularly appeared in Manchester.
The plan is for the company’s last two Alexander PS B10M vehicles 20982/3 to be in operation on the route as 192 ‘extras,’ departing each end on the hour between 0900 and 1700hrs with all fares collected on the vehicles being donated to the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention charity. The last two remaining two step entry vehicles, which are normally used on Derbyshire school contracts, are scheduled to be withdrawn by the end of the year, as the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000 (PSVAR) require all single-decker buses used on stage carriage service to be fully accessible and comply with the regulations from January 1, 2016.
In addition to the Manchester vehicles running in service, it is hoped that several B10Ms will be on display at the newly opened Park & Ride site at the Hazel Grove terminus, including the now preserved former Manchester vehicle R896 XVM.
Further details are expected to appear on the Manchester section of the Stagecoach Bus website shortly.