United Counties PXE118G

United Counties PXE118G

Seen here in Bury Park Road, Luton on 23rd April 1975 is ex-Luton Corporation Bristol RE / ECW PXE 118G working for United Counties from their Luton depot on Service 57 to the then new Marsh Farm Estate at Leagrave. These ex-Luton Corporation machines were withdrawn much earlier than United Counties' own RE's and in general worked in the town they were intended for the complete duration of their lives with United Counties.

Scanned from an acquired, un-copyrighted negative.



Park Street, Luton 1975

Park Street, Luton 1975

Seen here in May 1975 is Park Street, Luton which has not changed much over the intervening 40 plus years. London Country Leyland Atlantean JPL 157K is seen loading on Service 321 to Rickmansworth whilst unusually a Green Line Leyland National of the HPF-N batch is seen having operated on the usually RT operated Service 360 from Caddington. An ex-Midland General Bristol Lodekka / ECW 259 HNU is seen on the southbound stops outside the Luton Technical College.

Scanned from an acquired, un-copyrighted negative.



Leafy Lewsey

Leafy Lewsey

The bus layby in Wheatfield Road, Lewsey Farm has for many years served as a terminus point for services from Luton that are not continuing to Houghton Regis or Dunstable. It is also unusual in having two stops at the same point - one more modern stop for services passing by with an older concrete stop on the layby for terminating services. Seen here on a dull 8th December 2016 waiting time on Service 33 is Arriva The Shires Wright Streetlight LM64 JOA in unusually rural looking surroundings.



Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Gas Works Path, Luton

Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Gas Works Path, Luton

Served by a Saturdays only extension to Grant Palmer's Service 30, this stop in Gas Works Path in Bury Park, Luton was installed around about 2005 when Grant Palmer's network of routes in the town were recast. I think the aim was to attract passengers to the football ground and also those wishing to travel from the town centre back to Sainsburys in Bury Park. In September 2016 the stop remains in situ, un-served for many years with a laminated copy of the bus times still visible.



Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Gas Works Path, Luton

Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Gas Works Path, Luton

Served by a Saturdays only extension to Grant Palmer's Service 30, this stop in Gas Works Path in Bury Park, Luton was installed around about 2005 when Grant Palmer's network of routes in the town were recast. I think the aim was to attract passengers to the football ground and also those wishing to travel from the town centre back to Sainsburys in Bury Park. In September 2016 the stop remains in situ, un-served for many years with a laminated copy of the bus times still visible.



Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Longcroft Road, Luton

Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Longcroft Road, Luton

Grant Palmer took over the Luton Access Bus service from Three Star Coaches in 2005 and also took on the regular driver who had previously driven the route for Three Star and before that, Buffalo Travel. There was something of a relaunch with the Renault Master / Rohill vehicle RK53 AZV from the failed Stoplinker town centre service being newly vinyled and passed back to Grant Palmer after a number of months largely standing idle at the Borough Council's Kingsway Depot. Publicity and stops were also refreshed with several new locations having flags installed. One of those that had not been served by regular services for many years was at the top of Ashburnham Road where it becomes Longcroft Road and goes up towards Farley Hill. The Lutonian had provided a service via this steep hill for several years but had ultimately withdrawn it through lack of patronage. The flag remains extant and is seen here in September 2016.



Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Longcroft Road, Luton

Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Longcroft Road, Luton

Grant Palmer took over the Luton Access Bus service from Three Star Coaches in 2005 and also took on the regular driver who had previously driven the route for Three Star and before that, Buffalo Travel. There was something of a relaunch with the Renault Master / Rohill vehicle RK53 AZV from the failed Stoplinker town centre service being newly vinyled and passed back to Grant Palmer after a number of months largely standing idle at the Borough Council's Kingsway Depot. Publicity and stops were also refreshed with several new locations having flags installed. One of those that had not been served by regular services for many years was at the top of Ashburnham Road where it becomes Longcroft Road and goes up towards Farley Hill. The Lutonian had provided a service via this steep hill for several years but had ultimately withdrawn it through lack of patronage. The flag remains extant and is seen here in September 2016.



Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Hibbert Street, Luton

Forgotten Bedfordshire Bus Stops - Hibbert Street, Luton

Hibbert Street in Luton, although close to the town centre and former Bus Garage has not seen a regular service for many years. Originally this road was served by Luton Corporation Trams which passed along here between 1908 and 1932. Latterly Arriva provided a skeleton service before Grant Palmer started operating along here in 2001. When Palmer replaced his vehicle with a new Plaxton Primo in October 2006 the route was changed due to parking issues in Baker Street, although Hibbert Street was never served in this direction by Palmer. They continue to run the local service around here but this now goes via New Town Street and Holly Street. I believe this stop may still be served by one Cardinal Newman school bus per day but I am open to correction. Arriva branded stop flags survived opposite this location and further up until several years ago, this is now the only one left.



A poor substitute

A poor substitute

Recalling the days when a rickety old Leyland National would appear on Green Line service in lieu of something more appropriate, LCNE SNB193 heads out of Luton on the long journey to Crawley, a bum-numbing exercise if ever there was one, although the dual-purpose seating was probably some consolation.

The date was April 1987 and almost everything in this picture at the Guildford Street/Church street roundabout has gone; the factory, car-park (with bus station underneath) and petrol station. SNB193 apparently made it to preservation in 1990 but has not been taxed since, so we can probably assume it's demise as well.

Pentax MX/50mm
Fujichrome 100



Towrite

Towrite

Towrite TTT54-3 towtug in use at Luton & Dunstable Hospital this afternoon.

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Bute Street

Bute Street

When the Arndale shopping station was plonked down in the middle of Luton in the early 1970s, Bute Street was severed at one end. The Arndale is now The Mall, seen cutting across during last night's rain. Note that there is derelict land, still to be built on.

Pentax K-x/SMC 28mm (42mm on this format),



Silver Street

Silver Street

Although more services are now using the transport interchange, Luton still has three other termini; outside the Gallery Centre, Park Square/Church Street and Silver Street, a less than salubrious location to the rear of the Mall shopping centre. Centrebus AD 586 loads in the rain on local route 10.

Pentax K-x/SMC 28mm (42mm on this format).



Staff taxi

Staff taxi

Battered Arriva 1998 LTI at Luton Interchange this morning



Wentworth House, Dunstable

Wentworth House, Dunstable

Hasselblad 500cm, 50mm Carl Zeiss f4, Kodak Tri-X 400, Ilfotec LC29



Wentworth House, Dunstable

Wentworth House, Dunstable

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Quadrant, Dunstable

Quadrant, Dunstable

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Quadrant, Dunstable

Quadrant, Dunstable

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Quadrant, Dunstable

Quadrant, Dunstable

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Quadrant, Dunstable

Quadrant, Dunstable

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Quadrant, Dunstable

Quadrant, Dunstable

Hasselblad 500cm, 50mm Carl Zeiss f4, Kodak Tri-X 400, Ilfotec LC29