Bristol Lodekka FS6B - Wilts & Dorset, Cream and Maroon, route 38A to Bournemouth Limited Stop
Established in Salisbury in 1915, Wilts & Dorset Motor Services Ltd operated regular services throughout South Wiltshire, East Dorset and North Hampshire, operating a diverse fleet of vehicles. Surviving ownership under the Tilling and British Automobile Traction (T&BAT) Group, Southern Railway and Nationalisation in 1948, in 1969 the company was absorbed into Hants & Dorset under the National Bus Company. In January 1966, Bristol Lodekka 646, registration 684 AAM, was painted with a unique cream and maroon livery for operation on the Salisbury to Bournemouth limited stop service, retaining it until 1969.
AEC Routemaster - London & Country, Two-Tone Green, route 406 to Epsom
As a consequence of bus deregulation in 1986, many new operators outside of London, as well as several traditional operators, took to the iconic AEC Routemaster as a cheap and reliable vehicle to protect, or develop, their routes and services. By 1990, London Country South West had adopted the fleet name of ‘London & Country’, but the name of the company was not officially changed until 1993. London & Country acquired RM1183 from Southend Transport later that year. Graduating to Christmas shopper services on routes 406 and 408, the full London & Country two-tone green livery was applied during 1994.
Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Go-Ahead East London Transit, route EL1 to Thames View Estate
With increasing demand for faster and more frequent public transport in parts of East London, as well as a need for new transport links to serve the Thames Gateway redevelopment, East London Transit was initially planned as a joint tram/bus service. The eventual delivery of the scheme was a bus only service, however the infrastructure has been planned in such a way that it is ‘tram friendly’ to allow for future upgrades, without further major building work. Originally conceived as two routes, EL1 and EL2, Phase 1 operations commenced on 20 February 2010, with Phase 2 following in 2011.
Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck) Volvo B7RLE - Transdev The Shuttle, route 662 to Keighley Bus Station via Crossflats
The SHUTTLE is the high-frequency, high-quality link between Keighley, Bingley, Saltaire and Bradford - operated by the Keighley Bus Company. At the end of 2015 the service was given a £400,000 makeover, undergoing a full rebrand in bright blue as ‘the SHUTTLE’. Sixteen vehicles were upgraded in house, by Keighley Bus Company’s own engineering support unit, and were all named after famous space craft, including Apollo, Atlantis, Explorer, Galileo and Pioneer. The SHUTTLE runs directly along the Aire Valley, between Keighley, Riddlesden, Bingley and Saltaire, along the route of the old main road.