A special ‘midnight ride’ will mark the closure of a bus operator’s historic depot this weekend.
Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire is marking the relocation of its engineering services from its Eaves Lane engineering facility in Chorley with the celebratory event.
The ride will take place from 12am on Saturday and will jointly celebrate Stagecoach’s heritage and the company’s ethos of innovation and sustainability.
At the event, a Stagecoach bus, branded with traditional Old Ribble Conservation Trust colours, will make its final journey to Eaves Lane arriving at 12.35am.
The Old Ribble branded bus will be followed by a new Gold Bus – the latest in the Stagecoach fleet, which will drive to the depot at 12.05am to mark the end of operations from the facility.
The relocation from Eaves Lane will see engineering services move from the ageing garage, which is no longer fit for purpose, to Stagecoach’s Preston depot.
An operating centre for the 125 service will be retained at Cowling Brow.
Elisabeth Tasker, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “We’ve had a presence at Eaves Lane since 1910, so it’s right that we mark the relocation of the engineering facility with this special event showcasing Stagecoach’s heritage and the company’s ongoing commitment to innovative engineering.
“It has been a difficult decision to relocate the centre.
“We have looked into various options to keep the garage open, but intensive investment would be needed to keep the facility running and as we could accommodate the work at our existing Preston facilities, we felt that this was the right option for the business, our staff and customers.
“We have managed to re-deploy all but one position from Eaves Lane and remain strongly committed to delivering great service for all our customers across the Chorley area.”
The event will take place from 12.05am and bus enthusiasts and members of the public will be able to watch the buses arrive from Eaves Lane.