The Three Years of the
Calderdale Joint Omnibus Committee
Initial talks between Todmorden Joint Omnibus Committee and the Halifax Joint
Omnibus Committee about a possible merger of the two fleets had begun in 1969;
however, the matter was deferred at the request of Todmorden Council. The talks
re-commenced on the 17th March 1971 and in April 1971 the two
Councils agreed in principle to the merger.
In April 1971 the General Manager of Todmorden JOC, Mr. W. Metcalfe retired
and the General Manager of Halifax JOC, Mr. G. Hilditch, assumed responsibility
for the Todmorden fleet, pending the final merger. Although this was not finally
concluded until later in the year, the Todmorden fleet was almost immediately
renumbered into the Halifax JOC fleet.
In July 1971 a new organisation, under the title of the Calderdale Joint
Omnibus Committee, was set up, consisting of members of the former JOC's; the
final merger being completed on the 6th September 1971. From this
date the former Halifax and Todmorden JOC's ceased to operate vehicles as
separate undertakings and became the Calderdale Joint Omnibus Committee. All
vehicles bore the former Halifax JOC livery of green and orange but with
Calderdale legal lettering. The former Todmorden routes were incorporated with
those of the former Halifax JOC and Todmorden's Millwood depot was retained on
behalf of the new JOC.
The initial fleet comprised of some 27 former Todmorden vehicles, of which 4
were withdrawn without entering service, and some 114 former Halifax vehicles.
In 1972 the JOC acquired 4-ex Maidstone and District AEC Regent V's as a
stopgap measure following the non-arrival of newly ordered vehicles. Two of
these had lowbridge bodies and were allocated to Todmorden depot, which, because
of a low entrance, could not accommodate highbridge vehicles. The first new
buses, Daimler CRG6LX Fleetlines, arrived in May, June and July 1972 (numbered
297-306) and in 1973 three more Fleetlines arrived. The final purchase for the
Calderdale JOC was of two more Fleetlines in the early months of 1974.
One-man-operation commenced on JOC routes on 9th October 1972 with
the Halifax to Brighouse service being among the first.
In view of the anticipated merger of municipal undertakings into the West
Yorkshire Passenger Transport executive, due to take effect from the 1st
April 1974, the representatives of the former railway holdings, now held by the
Amalgamated Passenger Transport Company, indicated their intention to terminate
the previous JOC agreements. The West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
acquired the APT holding on 1st April 1974, along with the bus
interests of the Calderdale JOC, terminating over 45 years of joint operation in
the Halifax area.
In producing this history
reference has been made to the following sources;
Halifax Corporation and Joint Omnibus Committee and
their Successors (David Bentley/Autobus Review Publications 1998), PSV Circle
Fleet History PB23 (1989).
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