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    July 2001
The Stagecoach Ribble depot at Bolton.
The Game of Bus Monopoly headed in a new direction recently.   After the sale of all the NBC companies and the construction of hotels and houses on the lucrative sites, it's time for the big groups to rationalise.   Arriva started the ball rolling in Surrey, and Stagecoach have continued in Lancashire.   The depots at Bolton, Blackburn, Burnley and Clitheroe have all been sold to Blazefield as of Easter Monday 2001.   Featured here are some of the buses and places affected.
    The Old Days
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One of Blackburn's finest - 2106 (JFR6W) - a 20 year old ECW/Olympian in Burnley bus station on the (152) to Preston. As if by magic, all the Dennis/Plaxtons ended up in Ribble.   Scruffy 940 (M940JBO), formerly of Red & White is seen in Burnley bus station. Accrington, December 1988.   Above: Burnley & Pendle VR 156 (URN156R) .   Below: Ribble ECW/VR SMS45H.
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Preston's 304 (M744PRS) at the recently opened Clitheroe Interchange on a Bank Holiday service back to its home town. Leyland Lynx, 820 (F661PWK), formerly of Stagecoach Midland Red and previously G&G Leamington in Burnley bus station.  
All photos taken on Good Friday 2001.   Click to enlarge.
Stagecoach North West comprises the former operating companies of Stagecoach Ribble and Stagecoach Cumberland
See the press release from Stagecoach here
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