This album contains images of the 'Rosso Bus' company (ex-Rossendale Transport), which operates services in East Lancashire and Greater Manchester. This was one of the few remaining Council owned bus companies, and re-launched itself as 'Rosso' in August 2013, but whilst the buses are gradually converted into the new livery, many are still running with the old Rossendale Transport liveries on them as of September 2013.
NOTE# In late December 2017 it was announced that Rossendale Council had sold the company to Transdev/Blazefield, but the Rosso name and depot would remain. As someone who regularly uses their services I must admit to having mixed feelings about this, and whilst Transdev are probably the better of the private operators, it will remain to be seen what happens to a service that largely serves many rural and remote areas. Transdev have promised to spend 3 million pounds on new buses and also take over the the running of the new Rawtenstall Bus Station when it is finished, so I will hold my judgment until I see how the new operators perform. At the very least it should result in a few new buses and liveries to add to this collection, but it's the services that I am far more concerned about, as getting out of my home location on a Sunday and in the evenings is already a nightmare.
NOTE2# Thought it was about time that I did another update about this, so here goes, this one was done in late August 2019. Well I have to admit that my fears about the service certainly haven't materialised, though the Helmshore Depot did disappear, but if anything the service is now far more reliable and according to Transdev's figures, bus usage is up by around 10% which is good news. The 464 route received it's brand new buses, and other branded routes were created, such as the 'Irwell Line', and which have seen the buses on there updated and madeover, both internally and externally, and these are now much nicer to ride on. Probably the best thing though is that the issue of driver shortages seems to have been addressed, and with the exception of the routes with major roadworks taking place (such as the Bacup - Rawtenstall route), which have caused some delays, now it is far less of a lottery as to when your bus will turn up. Thankfully the 'talking buses' have been turned down a bit as these were very annoying when they first appeared, and I often felt liked I'd been nagged for half an hour by the end of my journey, but those and the scrolling destination boards have proved very helpful to many travellers, and if we just had something like this in the bus shelters now as they do in West Yorkshire, I would be a very happy man. Credit were it is due, I know that Rosso had difficulties due to lack of funding and a less than supportive owner (the council), but so far I reckon that Transdev have done a good job, and as a bonus for a photter like me, their system of route branding has made the photographic scene a lot more interesting too.