Mayne’s started operation of the 235 as part of a reorganisation of their core services into Manchester on 16th June 1986, but as the 235 only ran on Sundays the first workings were on 22nd June. The changes were made under the auspices of the 1986 Transport Act but before full deregulation.
The 235 was a very small part of Mayne’s operation. The 234 service ran through Mossley to Micklehurst and on Sundays and Bank Holidays was diverted in Mossley to serve Uppermill with its tourist attractions. However, it only ran three times a day, which means that in total only 57 round trips were ever operated!
The service to Uppermill had not proved remunerative and was therefore withdrawn at deregulation, with the last journey running on 19th October 1986. As can be seen from the photographs it was normally worked by a Daimler Fleetline, but the first vehicle I saw on the service was a Bristol VR.
© David Beilby