HISTORY OF
HEREFORD & WORCESTER COUNTY
SMALL OPERATORS BUS SERVICES

This section is planned to show all changes to smaller operators' routes in Hereford and Worcester from just pre-deregulation (Summer 1986) until the end of the County (March 1999).  I am slowly improving the format of the section by reformatting each alphabetical section.

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OPERATORS : LETTER J

J and M Taxis of Ross-on-Wye :


30 Ross - Tudorville - Bulls Hill - Forest Green - Howle Hill - Star Beech - Howle Hill - Sharmans Hill - Tudorville - Ross (Th)

Ruardean Crooked End - Howle Green - Howle Hill - Sharmans Hill - Tudorville - Merrivale Lane - Ross (T)

2 January 1991 : Commenced, replacing 31

2 April 1991 : Withdrawn, replaced by LCK Taxis


31 (Ross - Tudorville - Sharmans Hill - Howle Hill - Forest Green - Hom Green - Archenfield - Ross, Th)

27 September 1990 : Taken over from Ross Dial-a-Ride

2 January 1991 : Replaced by service 30


32 (Ross - Symonds Yat - Whitchurch - Llangrove - Llangarron - The Skakes - Wilson Cross - Glewstone - Pencraig - Ross, T)

27 September 1990 : Taken over from Ross Dial-a-Ride

2 April 1991 : Withdrawn, replaced by LCK Taxis


66 (Aston Crews - Linton - Bromsash - Bollitree - Kingstone - Rudhall - Ross, S)

27 September 1990 : Taken over from Ross Dial-a-Ride

2 April 1991 : Withdrawn without replacement


67 (Ross - Merrivale Lane Circular, S)

27 September 1990 : Taken over from Ross Dial-a-Ride

2 April 1991 : Withdrawn without replacement


82 (Ross - Bridstow - Sellack Marsh - Foy - Baysham - Sellack Marsh - Claytons Estate - Ross, Th)

27 September 1990 : Taken over from Ross Dial-a-Ride

2 April 1991 : Withdrawn without replacement



Johnsons of Henley :


East-West Shopper" (Leamington (Warneford Hospital) - Redditch via Leamington (Parade), Warwick Hospital, Warwick (Market Place), Hampton Magna, Hampton-on- the-Hill, Claverdon, Henley-in-Arden, Wootton Wawen, Ullenhall, then looping via Redditch Shopping Centre and Redditch Alexandra Hospital, TF).

4 November 1988 : Commenced

7 July 1989 : Withdrawn


129 (Wythall - Tanworth-in-Arden - Mappleborough - Studley - Alcester Grammar School, Sch)

1 March 1989 : Acquired from Fletchers


207 (Wilmcote - Stratford - Bidford - Alcester - Redditch, Th)

December 1990 : Acquired from Smiths of Wilmcote

1995 : Amended by this time to start at Henley-in-Arden and run via Stratford, East Green Drive, Dodwell, Bidford-on- Avon, Alcester


130 (Henley-in-Arden - Stratford, Sch)

3 September 1996 : Made available to the public


810 (Redditch - Moreton Morrell, Sch)

4 September 1996 : Made available to the public



C N Jones Ltd. of Upper Sapey :

1986 : Became associated with Swanbrook group.

27 January 1989 : Ceased operation


Whitecross - Aylestone School (Sch)

1986 : Acquired from Stretton Coaches

27 January 1989 : Service passed to Western Coaches.


Bobblestock - Holmer School (Sch) :

1986 : Acquired from Stretton Coaches

27 January 1989 : Service passed to Western Coaches.


Upper Sapey - Bromyard - Hereford (MTh eves) :

1986 : Via Berrington Street in Hereford.

26 January 1987 : M service acquired by Smiths Motors.

29 December 1988 : Withdrawn


Upper Sapey - Hereford via Bromyard, pencombe, Preston Wynne, Withington (S)

1 May 1986 : Commenced

27 January 1989 : Service ceased


Broadheath - Martley - Upper Sapey - Bromyard (Th)

27 January 1989 : Service passed to Go Whittle.


 Bromyard - Pencombe - Ullingswick - Bromyard Circular (Th)

27 January 1989 : Service passed to Go Whittle.


Bromyard - Pencombe - Hereford (W)

27 January 1989 : Service passed to Smiths Motors


Upper Sapey - Martley - Worcester (Sch)

27 January 1989 : Service passed to DRM Coaches



P W Jones Coaches of Burley Gate :


822 (Tedstone Wafre - Bromyard, Sch)

5 January 1984 : Acquired from DRM Coaches



Jones Bros. (Crump) of Malvern :


Malvern Link - Cheltenham Via Great Malvern, Upton (S)

May 1986 : Lost to Swanbrook Coaches


Great Malvern - St Wulstans Hospital via Barnards Green, Pound Bank, Poolbrook (M-F)

3 June 1986 : Commenced

26 October 1986 : Ceased.


Rye Cross - Malvern Link via Welland, Hanley Swan, Great Malvern (M-F)

May 1986 : Lost to Smiths Motors


Malvern Link - Upton (-Rye Cross) via Great Malvern, Guarlford, Hanley Swan (TThS)

May 1986 : Lost to Smiths Motors


Great Malvern Circular via Welland, Upton, Hanley Swan, Barnards Green (Sch)

May 1986 : Reduced to Tunnel Hill - Barnards Green via Upton, Hanley Castle, Hanley Swan (Sch)

26 October 1986 : Ceased.


364 Guarlford - Madresfield - Worcester (W)

1 June 1988 : Acquired from Bayley's on retendering, and extended back to start at Welland, running via Hanley Swan.

6 September 1989 : Withdrawn after operation on this day, being replaced by a service operated by Rural Ways.


376 (Cradley - Malvern, F)

3 March 1995 : Diverted via Mathon village


378 (Pendock - Castlemorton - Welland - Malvern Wells - Great Malvern - Malvern Link (NSu)

27 May 1989 : Taken over from Smiths Motors following tendering. Peak journeys run via Little Malvern, British Camp, Fruitlands and St Andrews Road whilst off-peak WS journeys run via Hanley Swan and St Andrews Road, off-peak F journeys via Castlemorton Village, Chandlers Cross, Hanley Swan and the Wells Road.

13 October 1989 : Friday shopping journeys diverted via Geraldine Road and Barnards Green.

4 June 1990 : Off-peak service on route 378 (Pendock - Malvern) revised. The main off-peak service now runs between Rye Cross and Malvern Link on Fridays only, via Castlemorton, Welland, Hanley Swan, Malvern Wells, Geraldine Road, Barnards Green and Great Malvern. Wednesday and Saturday off-peak services were withdrawn except for the 0900 from Malvern Link which runs as far as Great Malvern on Wednesdays, Malvern Wells on Mondays and Welland on Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays additional "contra-flow" journeys are added between Malvern Link and Welland on 378 which form circular services with 379

29 October 1990 : Passed to Midland Red West on retendering.


378 (Rye Cross - Great Malvern - Malvern Link, M-F)

5 September 1994 :Taken over from Midland Red West, on a commercial basis The morning peak journey on 378 was curtailed in school holidays to run Malvern Wells - Great Malvern only, running to Dyson Perrins School in Malvern Link in school term, the Friday off- peak journey being similarly curtailed to run to/from Great Malvern only.

31 August 1996 : Lost to Smiths of Ledbury


379 (Welland - Upton - Hanley Castle - Hanley Swan The Rhydd - Guarlford - Great Malvern - Malvern Link (TTh)

27 May 1989 : Taken over from Smiths Motors following tendering.

29 October 1990 : Passed to Midland Red West on retendering.


379 (Welland - Upton - Hanley Swan - Great Malvern, M-Th)

5 September 1994 :Taken over from Midland Red West, on a commercial basis 379 was improved from TTh to Monday to Thursday operation, but no longer runs as a circular from Great Malvern and again is curtailed at Great Malvern. Some journeys remain with Midland Red West.

31 August 1996 : Lost to Smiths of Ledbury


386 (Upton-upon-Severn - Malvern, F)

2 January 1991 : Additional experimental MTWThS journeys between Malvern Wells (Hanley Road / Green Lane) and Malvern

30 September 1991 : Additional MTWThS journeys between Malvern Wells and Great Malvern reduced to MWS only

29 August 1992 : MWS short journeys on 386 (Malvern Wells - St Andrews Road - Great Malvern), operated under contract, replaced by the diversion of certain journeys on Midland Red West 379


845 (Chase High School -> Link Top, Sch)

8 September 1992 :Commenced, in practice gained from Smiths of Ledbury although operation had been suspended during the latter half of the Summer term.

May 1995 : Ceased, replaced from September by Newbury Coaches 890.


876 (Malvern Link - Ledbury - Lugwardine St Marys School, Sch)

3 September 1991 : Extended in the morning only to Bishop of Hereford's School

5 September 1994 :Revised and now runs from Link Top via Great Malvern, The Wyche, Colwall and Ledbury, the positioning journeys running via Malvern Wells and Ledbury.


879 (Tunnel Hill - Malvern Link, Dyson Perrins School via Upton, Hanley Castle, Hanley Swan, Pound Bank, Sch)

9 March 1987 : Commenced.

5 May 1987 : Curtailed to start at Upton.

29 October 1990 : Revised on the afternoon journey to run from Welland via Hanley Swan and Hanley Castle to Upton.

31 August 1996 : Lost to Smiths of Ledbury


890 (British Camp - Great Malvern Chase High School, Sch)

20 January 1997 : Gained from Newbury Coaches

September 1997 : Lost to Smiths Motors



Jules Travel (Edwards) of Redditch


858 (Crossway Green - Ombersley - Power Station Estate - Stourport Schools)

6 January 1997 :Commenced, replacing Go Whittle / Midland Red West service 805 between Power Station Estate and the schools.

2 September 1997 : Minor extension to the lay-by adjacent to the "Little Chef" at Crossway Green