The Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester aims to preserve and promote the public transport heritage of Greater Manchester in North West England. Owned by Transport for Greater Manchester, it is in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester.
Public transport is transport of passengers by group travel systems available for use by the general public, typically managed on a schedule, operated on established routes, and that charge a posted fee for each trip. Examples of public transport include city buses, trolleybuses, trams and passenger trains, rapid transit and ferries. Public transport between cities is dominated by airlines, coaches, and intercity rail. High-speed rail networks are being developed in many parts of the world.
Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2.8 million. It encompasses one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom and comprises ten metropolitan boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford. Greater Manchester was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972; and designated a functional city region on 1 April 2011.
North West England, one of nine official regions of England, consists of the five counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. The North West had a population of 7,052,000 in 2011. It is the third-most populated region in the United Kingdom after the South East and Greater London. The largest settlements are Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington, Preston, and Blackpool.
The museum holds a sizeable collection, one of the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom. Due to the size of the building, some vehicles have to be kept off-site, with exhibits changed around every so often. In addition, vehicles often attend events around the country in the summer months.
The museum, owned by Transport for Greater Manchester, was established at Boyle Street, Cheetham Hill, in 1977. It opened to the public on 27 May 1979. The day-to-day running of the museum is carried out by volunteers from the Greater Manchester Transport Society.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the public body responsible for co-ordinating transport services throughout Greater Manchester in North West England. The organisation traces its origins to the Transport Act 1968, when the SELNEC Passenger Transport Executive was established to co-ordinate public transport in and around Manchester. Between 1974 and 2011, it was known as the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE), until a reform of local government in Greater Manchester granted it more powers and prompted a corporate rebranding. The strategies and policies of Transport for Greater Manchester are set by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and its Transport for Greater Manchester Committee.
The museum building consist of two distinct halves, created from a former Manchester Corporation Transport bus garage. The upper hall and entrance area was completed in 1928 as a dedicated bus garage at a time when the main Queens Road garage was a tramcar facility; and the lower hall was created in 1935 by the construction of a roof over what had been the open space between the 1928 building and the main depot now occupied by First Greater Manchester.
First Greater Manchester is a bus operator in Greater Manchester. It is a subsidiary of FirstGroup.
The museum collection is constantly developing and restoration work can be often be seen by visitors.
The museum became a Registered Museum in May 2003, with the museum having become a Registered Charity in 1980.
A charitable organization or charity is a non-profit organization whose primary objectives are philanthropy and social well-being.
The museum is home to around 80 buses,of which 70 or so are kept on the site. The remaining vehicles are kept elsewhere to allow for restoration work to be carried out and so other vehicles can be exhibited.
Also in the collection are two trolleybuses from Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne corporations, the prototype Manchester Metrolink tram, and a Manchester Corporation Tramways tram from 1901. There is also a host of other related exhibits, from old signs to uniforms, and several items used by Warner Bros. during filming of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.
There is also an extensive archive collectionfeaturing old timetables, maps, books, posters, manuals and plans. These are available for research purposes by appointment. Part of the museum's archive photograph collection is available online.
The museum holds a number of regular events throughout the year.
For most of these events, a heritage bus service from Manchester Victoria station to the museum runs every 20 minutes between 09:50 and 17:00.
The Museum of Transport is approximately two miles north of Manchester city centre, close to the junction of the A665 (Cheetham Hill Road) and A6010 (Queens Road). It is at the north end of Boyle Street, adjoining the First Greater Manchester bus garage. The Queens Road tram stop on the Manchester Metrolink is 200m away. Bus services 42, 88, 135 and 151 stop nearby. The museum is signposted from the Manchester Fort shopping centre.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays (except at Christmas and New Year), and every day in August.
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