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March 2004
   Cross The United Kingdom consists of four countries - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Several bus services operate between these countries and also to neighbouring Ireland and France.   This is brief look at some of the more interesting routes. UK
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Photo Facts
East Coast:
For many years United Automobiles ran all the way from Newcastle to Edinburgh via the Borders.   Their 6142 (WHN678G), an ECW/RE, is seen in Edinburgh in October 1978. [top left]
The spiritual successor to the route is now provided under tender by Munro's.   Their M901KS prepares to depart Newcastle for Edinburgh in April 2003 on the once daily journey. [above left]
Perryman operates an unusual route from Berwick (in England) to Edinburgh via the coast.   It is a two-hourly service run by minibuses, sometimes with trailers for luggage.   X899BVN leaves Berwick for Edinburgh in April 2003.   Other current main East coast cross-border services include the (60) from Berwick to Galashiels and (X95) Edinburgh to Carlise via Galashiels.   [right]
West Coast:
White Star V974DRM, a Plaxton/Dart, in Carlisle in  December 2001.   White Star was recently bought by Stagecoach.   [left]
Western EL2498 (SCS367M), a Y-type Leopard, in Carlisle in August 1981.   Both are operating cross- border services to Scottish villages.   [right]
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North Wales:
Crosville (remember them ?) suffered considerable competition around Chester during the late 1980's and 1990's.   Devaway PWW708R, a former West Riding T-type Leopard, is seen [below left] in Chester heading for Mold (in Wales) in March 1991.   They were bought by Crosville's successor Arriva in 1998.
Wrights H408YMA, a Leyland Lynx, is seen in Wrexham bus station in April 1992 [below right] competing with Crosville Wales on the Chester route.   They eventually went bust in 1994.
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Stagecoach 20870 (P870MNE) in Newport (Wales) in June 2003 on the (73) service to Gloucester. [above left]
Stagecoach former National Express Plaxton/Tigers 931 (AAL575A) and 909 (AAL538A) in Monmouth (Wales) in March 1998, heading for Ross-On-Wye (England) and Chepstow (Wales). [above right]
First Plaxton/Javelin 172 (L6BMS) in Newport on the (302) service from Swansea (Wales) to Bristol in June 2003. [below left]
Arriva M945LYR, a Van Hool/DAF, in Bristol on the long-standing Trawscambria service from Mid Wales in August 2000.   This service is jointly crewed by Stagecoach and Arriva. [below right]
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Bus Eireann VC56 (96-D-52687), a Caetano/Volvo in Newry bus station (Northern Ireland) in August 2003 heading for Dublin (Ireland) on the 200 service from Belfast.
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When the Channel Tunnel was opened in 1994, it was suddenly possible to operate a direct bus service from England to France.   Caron Voyages from Boulogne and Stagecoach East Kent therefore started a route, named Duo Line, to connect Cite Europe shopping centre in Calais with Canterbury.   Crosskeys eventually replaced Stagecoach, but the service stopped by 2002.   Caron Voyages 5531RE62, a standard Renault, is seen in Canterbury bus station in July 1999.
Quoi ?   Do Stagecoach really operate in France ?   Well no actually, but they do provide timetables for their Kent services in French.
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National Express and Scottish Citylink provide regular cross-border express services.   However there are more unusual ones such as the following:
CIE WVH22 (HZD596), a Leyand Worldmaster with Van Hool bodywork in Buchanan bus station, Glasgow on service from Ireland in June 1985.
Ships in the night (or the morning actually).   Ulsterbus 670 (AAZ1670), a Plaxton/DAF prepares to leave Birmingham for Belfast (Northern Ireland), while Bus Eireann VC137 (98D12154), a Caetano/Volvo arrives from Waterford (Ireland) in August 1998.   The Ulsterbus vehicle only makes at as far as Stranraer in Scotland, whereas the Bus Eireann vehicle crosses the water.
A Transline service (now marketed under the Eurolines banner) has for many years provided a link to Edinburgh from Germany.   Menchen Setra BOR-BM-10 is seen arriving in the rebuilt St. Andrews Square bus station in April 2003.
Summer Saturday mornings in Glasgow provided some surprising vehicles on holiday express routes.   Chester 2 (B202 EFM), a Northern Counties/Olympian prepares to depart for Llandudno in Wales in June 1985.
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Wrights of Wrexham history
Perryman timetable from Berwick to Edinburgh
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