Black Prince buses back on the road in Leeds

Bradley McMullan with one of the Black Prince buses.
Bradley McMullan with one of the Black Prince buses.
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If you’re in Morley town centre this weekend, you might have to look twice to believe what’s back on the road.

Black Prince buses are being revived on Sunday - for one day only - to mark 10 years since the favourite red, yellow and maroon buses last dominated the town.

Morley Town Hall will be the base for the network of services from 10am-6pm, which will be operated free of charge by former employees, using vehicles from the Black Prince 
fleet.

Brian Crowther brought Black Prince to Morley in the 1960s. He bought his first bus for £30 and in 1969 started his own coach business.

The last Black Prince services left the Morley depot on Fountain Street on July 31, 2005, with First Bus taking over the network. Mr Crowther died in 2008.

The revival is the brainchild of Mr Crowther’s son, David and Bradley McMullan.

Mr McMullan said: “Since it’s 10 years since Black Prince closed, and with it being such a notable anniversary we decided to make something of it.

“What better way to do this than put the buses where they are meant to be - on the streets of Morley.”

It is hoped the 421, Morley and Gildersome, the 424, Morley to Thorpe circular, the X49, Morley to Leeds, and the X51, Morley and Tingley Mills to Leeds, will run most of the day - hourly on the 421, 424 and X51 services and every half-hour for the X49.

Mr McMullan said: “There will be a booklet to buy on the day with the timetable for the routes. With buses coming from Birmingham, Chesterfield and Keighley, the fuel bill will be high, but balanced by the enjoyment of seeing Black Prince Buses back in Morley.” For more information visit www.blackprincebuses.co.uk

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