It’s all change as town’s bus depot gets a makeover

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A historic bus depot which has served the upper Calder Valley for more than 100 years is being partially demolished and converted into an open yard.

Bus operator First began the £400,000 work last week and says it will provide improved facilities for fueling, cleaning and safe storage.

The upgraded site will also enable First to operate more buses from the site, doubling capacity to 24. Buses have currently been transferred to a temporary site and services will continue to operate as normal. It’s hoped the depot will reopen in November.

Oliver Howarth, business manager for First in Calderdale said: “We’re proud of the transport heritage in the Calderdale area and we’re pleased we’ve been able to modernise the Millwood depot and invest in the business to continue providing safe and reliable bus services for the local community.”

Photographer Bruce Cutts, of the After Alice project, documented the beginning of the demolition including the selection of pictures here.

Bruce’s atmospheric pictures are reminiscent of many which captured changes which were being made to the town’s fabric in the late 1960s and early 1970s when it’s appearance changed.

The project - named after Hebden Royd’s most famous photographer Alice Longstaff – is a community scheme offering residents of the upper Calder Valley the chance to ensure all aspects of the area will be recognised and remembered in the years to come.