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Rossendale Transport is a bus operator running within the Borough of Rossendalemarker (including the towns of Rawtenstallmarker, Bacupmarker and Haslingdenmarker) and into surrounding areas, including Rochdalemarker, Burymarker, Manchestermarker, Burnleymarker, Accringtonmarker, Blackburnmarker and Todmordenmarker. The network of services in branded under the Easyride name, with vehicles and publicity carrying this name. The limited company "Rossendale Transport Ltd." is wholly owned by Rossendale Borough Council, which makes it one of the few remaining municipal bus companies in the United Kingdommarker today.


Rossendale Transport can trace its history back to 1907 when both Rawtenstallmarker and Haslingdenmarker Corporations (both independently) ran a motor bus within their boroughs. Both undertakings merged in 1968 to form Rossendalemarker Joint Transport Committee and later in 1974 with the local government reorganisation which took place in that year the boroughs were merged, along with Bacupmarker (which was already served by Rossendalemarker buses; Bacupmarker Borough not having its own bus company) and Whitworth to form the present Borough of Rossendalemarker. The company then became the Transport department of the new Rossendale Borough Council.

On 26 October 1986 came the deregulation of bus services across the UK (outside Londonmarker and not including Northern Irelandmarker). As part of the 1985 Transport Act which empowered this deregulation, Rossendale Borough Council was required to set up an 'arms-length' company in order to continue operating buses. Rossendale Transport Limited, as the company is now known began trading on this date and over the last 20 years has expended greatly and now operates buses throughout Rossendalemarker, Burymarker and Rochdalemarker as well as operating into Burnleymarker, Blackburnmarker, Boltonmarker and Todmordenmarker.

Fears were raised at the beginning of 2009 about the council's intentions with regards to its continued ownership of the company, culminating in a public protest outside the town hall to dissuade the council from selling. However in July 2009 the council announced that it was retaining its ownership of the company, its valuation not having been met by potentially interested parties.


Rossendale Transport's main depot and office facilities are situated in a modern unit on the Knowsley Park industrial estate in Haslingdenmarker ( ), close to the A56 bypass. The company moved here from its previous Bacup Road depot in Rawtenstall town centre in September 2008. The previous occupant was an industrial filtration manufacturer, and the building consists of offices and maintenance facilities, along with an outside compound for overnight storage of buses.

The company also operates from a depot on Corporation Road, Rochdalemarker ( ) which was established in September 1990 to support new routes introduced in the town following bus deregulation. The site is on the western outskirts of the town centre, located next to the River Roch. Around 40 vehicles are based there.

The original bus depot on the south side of Bacup Road in Rawtenstall dated from 1933 (with an extension in 1938) replacing the former tram shed on the other side of the road—although the offices remained in use. The depot has now been demolished and replaced with a Lidl supermarket, although the adjoining bus station facility remains in use pending redevelopment. Haslingden Corporation originally operated from a depot at John Street until its closure at the time of the merger in 1968.

Bus types

The company operates various types of bus, including:

Main fleet - fully accessible low floor buses


Single deckers

Double deckers

Schoolday only fleet

Single deckers

Double deckers


Training vehicle

  • 1 Bova Futura Club


These are the bus services run by Rossendale Transport:

No. From To Via Notes
4/4A Accringtonmarker Oswaldtwistlemarker, Merlin Drive
11 Accrington Fern Gore
11 Rawtenstallmarker Helmshoremarker Haslingdenmarker
12 Rawtenstall Balladen
20 County Rider Flexible Bus Service Pre booking required
21 Bacupmarker Bacup Bacup minibus service
83 Burnley General Hospital Burnleymarker
167 Nordenmarker Manchestermarker Piccadilly Gardens Bamford, Heywoodmarker, Rhodes, Cheetham Hillmarker Limited Stop
244 Rawtenstall Blackburnmarker Helmshore, Haslingden
273 Todmordenmarker Boltonmarker Bacup, Rawtenstall, Edenfieldmarker, Ramsbottommarker, Holcombe Brookmarker, Hawkshawmarker, Bradshawmarker, Tonge Moor
433 Rochdale Castletonmarker Belfield, Sandbrook Park
434 Rochdale Castleton Belfield, Turf Hill, Kirkholt
435 Rochdale Buckstones Turf Hill, High Crompton, Shawmarker
438 Rochdale Daniel Fold Spotland Bridge
440 Rochdale Syke Rochdale Infirmary
442 Rochdale Marland Sudden
444 Rochdale Norden Spotland Bridge
Rochdale Wallbank Shawclough
451 Rochdale Peppermint Bridge Milnrowmarker, Newheymarker
458 Rochdale Wardlemarker Smallbridge
461 Rochdale Burymarker Spotland Bridge, Elmsfield, Bamford, Heywood, Heap Bridge
464 Rochdale Accrington Whitworthmarker, Bacup, Rawtenstall, Haslingden
Rochdale Tottingtonmarker Elsmfield (468), Bamford, Jericho, Bury
471 Rochdale Bury Sudden, Heywood
472 Rawtenstall Bury Edenfield, Ramsbottom, Holcombe Brook, Brandlesholmemarker
473 Water Bury Edgeside, Waterfootmarker, Rawtenstall, Edenfield, Ramsbottom, Walmersley
475 Hopwood Bury Heywood, Fairfield General Hospital
476 Norden Ramsbottom Bamford, Fairfield General Hospital, Topping Fold, Bury, Brandlesholme, Greenmount, Holcombe Brook
477 Nangreaves Ramsbottom Walmersleymarker, Bury, Brandlesholme, Summerseatmarker, Holcombe Brook
480 Bolton Bury Bradshaw, Hawkshaw, Greenmount, Tottington, Walshaw
481 Holcombe Brook Bury Greenmount, Tottington, Walshaw
482 Edgeside Bury Waterfoot, Rawtenstall, Edenfield, Walmersley
483 Burnley Fairfield General Hospital Water, Waterfoot, Rawtenstall, Edenfield, Walmersley
484 Accrington Bury Haslingden, Edenfield, Ramsbottom, Walmersley
485 Ramsbottom, Tanner's Brow Bury Peel Brow, Walmersley
494 Ferngrove Bury Fishpool
B4 Bacup Pennine Road

See also


  1. Postlethwaite, p.36
  2. Postlethwaite, p.22–23
  3. Postlethwaite, p.25


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