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Bradford City Transport 349 (XAK 349L) – 23 Mar 1974

Bradford City Transport 349 (XAK 349L) – 23 Mar 1974
March 1974 – On 1 April 1974 the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (WYPTE) came into being absorbing Bradford City Transport, Leeds City Transport, the Calderdale Joint Omnibus Committee and the Huddersfield Joint Omnibus Committee.

The last batch of buses delivered to Bradford City Transport was in August 1972 and comprised 20 Alexander bodied Daimler Fleetlines numbered 336-355. In this view 349 (XAK 349L) was seen in Bradford city centre close to the Town Hall (City Hall) which is visible behind the bus. A bus of similar style is just visible on the right in Town Hall Street (later renamed Channing Way).

This location has been redesigned since the photograph was taken to create the Centenary Square development area. The bus was standing where the Mirror Pool was built almost 30 years later. Today it would be surrounded by water!

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 GrahamH
GrahamH club
"Today it would be surrounded by water!" which may have been ok if this bus had been an Atlantean. :-)
3 years ago.
 David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde… club
Good point Graham!

I found an interesting photograph on Tim Green's Ipernity pages of the Mirror Pool taken in 2013. The building on the right in my photograph can be clearly seen across the water in his photo.

www.ipernity.com/doc/tdgreen/15154215/in/album/320581
3 years ago.
GrahamH club
has replied to David Slater (Spodde… club
Thanks for the link David. I see what you mean. The pool looks a popular place.
3 years ago.
 The Chairman 8
The Chairman 8
:-) Centenary Square was built in front of the Town Hall - this bit of road still existed then. The Mirror pool is part of City Park (which swallowed up Centenary Square)! The pool is popular, but drab looking in winter! I don't remember it looking like this though - I think there were bus shelters here!

There's a bus in the old Bradford colours, and one in the Halifax Corporation colours, both go on the 576 route - I'd love to see them both at the terminus in Queensbury, it would be just like the old days (which I missed)! :-) I don't know if your familiar with that, but it was recently narrowed!
3 years ago.
 David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde… club
I'm very sorry I missed reading your comment when you posted it.

You may be interested to see a couple of photographs of buses taken at Queensbury which appear on the SCT'61 website:

A Halifax bus meeting a Bradford bus (2 April 1964):
www.sct61.org.uk/bf14

An AEC demonstrator on hire to Hebble with a Halifax bus in the background (Summer 1964):
www.sct61.org.uk/hb7552mxa

A Halifax single decker (April 1968)
www.sct61.org.uk/hx236
3 years ago.

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