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, firstly by splitting it into pages following letters of the alphabet to improve loading times, secondly by reformatting each alphabetical section.

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OPERATORS : LETTER K




Kestrel Coaches (Harrison) of Dunhampton :


Crutch Lane - Cooksey Green - Elmley Lovett - Cutnall Green - Hampton Lovett - Droitwich High School (Sch)

8/9/87 : Acquired from Swan Street Coaches. No longer serves Droitwich centre.

21/12/91 : Lost to KCS Tours


Upton Snodsbury and Swinesherd (Sch)

21/12/91 : Lost to Dudley’s Coaches


2 (Bark Hill - Bewdley - Kidderminster, Su hrly with gaps)

29 May 1994 : Commenced


10 (Comberton Farm - Kidderminster, Su hrly)

29 May 1994 : Commenced


18B (Kidderminster - Offmore -Hoobrook - Spennells - Offmore - Kidderminster, Su)

26 February 1995 : Commenced


300 (Kidderminster - Worcester via Bewdley, Stourport, Hartlebury, Ombersley, Holt Heath and Hallow, Summ SuBH) 23 July 1995 : Commenced

15 October 1995 : Extended to Merry Hill Shopping Centre

26.5.96 : On reinstatement foir season, Merry Hille extension withdrawn




K. C S Tours (Shorthouse) of Cutnall Green :


855 (Crutch Lane - Droitwich via Cooksey Green, Rushock, Elmley Lovett, Sneads Green, Cutnall Green and Hampton Lovett, Sch)

7 January 1991 : Acquired from Kestrel Coaches

3 September 1991 : Reorganised, with the replacement contract not being available to the public.


941 Droitwich - Longbridge Works via Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, Catshill (Wks)

August 1986 : Transferred from Hardings Coaches

August 1995 : Incorporated into Rover Coaches 943




Kingfisher Bus Company (Elkins) of Redditch :


7,8(Redditch - Matchborough Circulars) (NSu)

October 1988 : Taken over from Redline Bus Company

12 May 1990 Further expanded. A service is now provided throughout the day Monday to Saturday.

5 August 1992 : Reduced to every 15 minutes, following the reduction of the vehicle authorisation on the Kingfisher PSV Operator's Licence.

22 September 1992 : Company's "O" Licence was suspended , 7/8 being withdrawn without replacement.

1 November 1992 : Reintroduced when the company's "O" licence was reinstated.

30 January 1993 : Withdrawn, thus ending the competition on the "Busway" routes.


7E,8E (Redditch - Matchborough - Redditch - St Augustines School) (Sch)

October 1988 : Taken over from Redline Bus Company

September 1992 : 8E withdrawn, passingt to Midland Red West.

22 September 1992 : Company's "O" Licence suspended, 7E (Matchborough -> St Augustines School, Sch) also passed to Midland Red West,


946 (Headless Cross - Redditch New Town - Redditch - Longbridge Works, M-F)

1 October 1990 : Commenced, replacing a similar service by Hardings Coaches

22 March 1991 : Withdrawn due to poor patronage.