The Diary: Buses - just the ticket

Buses in Pond Street, Sheffield city centre.'Photographer & copyright: Brian J Armstrong
Buses in Pond Street, Sheffield city centre.'Photographer & copyright: Brian J Armstrong
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DING ding. Tickets please.

Buses in Sheffield are 100 years old tomorrow.

The city became one of the first in the country to run a motorised service on February 15, 1913.

And all aboard – today to mark this travel-tastic anniversary, The Star brings you a second day of stunning images showing the vehicles which have, literally and metaphorically, kept us moving for a century.

“Sheffield is a bus city,” says Roy Wilson, transport historian and photographer from Woodseats. “People have an affection for the old buses.”

The first route was a simple tram feeder line – connecting the new housing of Lodge Moor to the tram stop at Broomhill, which linked to the city centre.

But it soon over took this more traditional form of track based transport as Sheffield’s commuter vehicle of choice.

Within a year several more routes had been set up – in those early days by Sheffield Tramways company itself – and by the late Twenties they had become so popular the tram network was being reduced. It closed in 1960.

Buses had the distinct advantage of being cheaper to run and not being constrained by track. They also looked proper sweet in their navy blue and cream livery.

“The colours were taken from the tram before them,” says Roy, 52, a civil servant by day. “And it made these new buses look rather regal.”

And, though things have changed over the decades – the livery became brown and cream, fares are now more than a few pence and Central Bus Station, in Pond Street, is no considered longer state-of-the-art – buses, even in the age of privatisation, remain Sheffield’s most popular and picturesque form of public transport.