|Former Blackpool Corporation Leyland Titan PD3 No 529 seen operating on the CBNW Seafront 12 service in 2012|
On Saturday 25th May, Classic Bus North West will be taking you on a ride into yesteryear using a selection of heritage buses on its "Catch 22" service operating between Cleveleys and Mereside.
Once more you will hear the cries of "any more fares" and "hold tight please" as some classic buses from Blackpool's past stretch their legs on this 12 mile route. A 1946 ex-Lytham double deck, a 1967 Blackpool PD3 and an iconic London Routemaster will be guest stars on the 30 minute Saturday service and normal fares will apply, including free travel for OAPs and a £4 day ticket for Adults (£2 for under 16s).
The origins of service 22 date back as far as 1936 when trams along Central Drive and Talbot Road to Layton were replaced by buses. It was progressively extended as new housing was constructed to Bispham and Cleveleys at the northern end, and along St Annes Road towards Halfway House. Later still, in 1983, service 22 was extended to St Annes and Lytham, but in 2001 it was replaced as part of Blackpool's "Metro Coastlines" network of simplified high frequency routes.
However, in September of last year the service was revived by Classic Bus North West, operating along some sections of the historic route 22, but making some new links not served by existing Blackpool Transport buses.
Saturday will be an opportunity to take a trip on the transport of yesteryear and there are already plans to repeat the event in the near future with some other gems from Blackpool's transport past.
A timetable with bus allocations is available for download on the Catch 22 website.
|Ex London Transport Routemaster RML 887 at Gynn Square running on the Classic Bus Seafront 12 service last year|