The Lancastrian Transport Trust has taken a review of its depot portfolio and from the end of March will be vacating Brinwell Road Depot. This follows discussions with Classic Bus North West and the BusWorks who also use the space. With the potential of Thornton Gate to house many of the trust’s collection of road and rail vehicles as well as Weeton for long term storage it was felt that Brinwell Road could not be sustained in the long term.
The more frequently used vehicles will be housed at BusWorks with the Classic Bus North West fleet. The less regularly use and buses in long term store will be moved to Weeton with the rest of the collection. Most of the trams will remain at Rigby Road, where a storage agreement has being agreed, but this has increased the Trust’s monthly outgoings. This leaves a small number of trams and buses to be stored on a private site. Not forgetting Blackpool 703 and Blackpool 605 at Beamish.
These are very important times for the trust, and certainly very challenging times. Although ideally this situation would not be happening as it takes away the efforts on restoration being put into the massive task of removing the vehicles etc, it was felt that with the current high cost of storage that this is the most cost effective measure.