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Tyne-Tees-Mersey: - Prestige Series Number 7
by Keith Healey & Philip Battersby

A Survey of the Limited Stop Pool Services in the North of England 1929 to 1975
The "Tyne Tees Mersey" title did not appear on the sides of the buses, yet the name spoke to countless thousands of travellers as they looked at posters and advertisements, perused timetable leaflets, and went to book their coach tickets. In this respect the Tyne Tees Mersey services resembled those of "Associated Motorways" which operated through the busy Cheltenham interchange for so many years.

The services linking the Tyne, Tees and Mersey areas via Leeds and Manchester were provided by the Limited Stop Pool, a group of six principal operators working jointly. North Western and Lancashire United were at the south-western end of the routes, West Yorkshire and Yorkshire Woollen in the middle, and Northern and United at the top. The companies were thus strategically placed to operate across some of England's most densely populated regions, yet the nine-hour pre-motorway journey from Liverpool to Newcastle also took in the wild Pennine moorlands and the vast bucolic landscapes of the North Riding of Yorkshire.

The Tyne Tees Mersey may have lacked the lustre of the fast express services to the capital, the holiday south-west or Scotland, but what it lacked in glamour was more than compensated for by its interest, variety and sheer intensity of service. Known to the industry as "The Limited Stop", this operation was a vital entity in its own right, and not a mere adjunct to the history of any one company. Here, for the first time, its own story is comprehensively told. The authors of this new study take the reader from early precursors to the inauguration in 1929, and through a series of developments until the names "Tyne Tees Mersey" and "Limited Stop" disappeared into the National Express network in the 1970s. This volume is thoroughly researched and comprehensively illustrated but is far more than a picture history, and well deserves a place on your bookshelf.