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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A H Martin & Sons of Cross Ash :


30 (Ross-on-Wye - Howle Hill - Ruardean, TTh)

13 April 1993 : Gained from Grindle's Coaches


33 (Llangrove - Llangarron - Ross, ThS)

9 February 1989 : Acquired from Dean Forest Coaches, without the Joys Green

extension.

10 April 1993 : Lost to Blue Line Coaches


33 (Symonds Yat - Llangrove - Llangarron -Glewstone - Ross, TThS)

25 February 1995 : Gained from Yeomans


35 (Ross - Walford - Lydbrook - Coleford, NSu)

15 February 1989 : 0758 Lydbrook - Ross-on-Wye (Sch) and 1550 Ross-on-Wye - Coleford (M-F) acquired from Dean Forest Coaches. The remainder of the service is operated mainly by Dukes Travel but with certain journeys by Soudley Valley Coaches and K.W.Beard (within W.T.A. only) and Paul Willetts Coaches (Saturday morning journey).

4 September 1989 : 1600 journey from Ross to Coleford acquired by Smiths of Ledbury whilst the morning schooldays journey on the same route ceased. A short journey from Tudorville to John Kyrle School (Sch) remains with Martins.

10 April 1993 : NSu peak journeys won from Cheltenham and Gloucester, although the morning peak journey now runs Saturday only.

31 August 1996 : Llimited supplementary service revised with Martins now providing only one return Saturday journey beyond Joys Green.

3 Nov 1997 : Two Saturday round trips between Ross and Tudorville added, belatedly replacing reductions in service by Soudley Valley.


36 (Ross-on-Wye - Greytree & Three Crosses Circular, NSu)

1 June 1986 : Introduced, replacing Red & White 36. Two S jnys extend to/from Brampton Abbotts, replacing Dean Forest Coaches.

12 December 1988 : Revised consequent upon changes to the Dean Forest Coaches service.

13 February 1989 : Journeys acquired from Dean Forest Coaches, integrated with Martin's existing service.

4 September 1989 : Amended. A separate Saturday journey to and from Brampton Abbotts is now provided as service 459, rather than diversion of a Greytree journey.

10 April 1993 : Last journey replaced by diversion of a journey on Cheltenham & Gloucester 34 from the same date.

36 (Ross-on-Wye - Greytree Estate)

31 August 1996 : Timetable revised, with the loss of the evening peak journey.


52 (Llangarron - Welsh Newton Common - Symonds Yat - Monmouth, F)

10 February 1989 : acquired from Dean Forest Coaches without the Joys Green extension.

16 April 1993 : Lost to Yeomans Canyon Travel


61 (Ross-on-Wye - Monmouth via Whitchurch) (NSu)

26 February 1990 : Acquired from Smiths Motors with additional journeys being provided in the late afternoon. All journeys now run via Crockers Ash.

10 April 1993 : Lost to Red and White,


68 Ross-on-Wye - Hope Mansell / Dancing Green Circular (Th)

16 February 1989 : acquired from Dean Forest Coaches

15 April 1993 : Lost to Blue Line


443 (Grosmont - Pontrilas, W)

21 December 1996 : Changed to a Saturday service

20 September 1997 : Withdrawn


459 (Ross-on-Wye - Brampton Abbotts, S)

4 September 1989 : Commenced, replacing diversion of a Greytree journey.

833 (Glewstone Cross - Llangarron - St Owens Cross - Baysham - Sellack Marsh - Bridstow - John Kyrle School - Ross-on-Wye) (Sch)

3 January 1989 : School contract service made available to the public.

5 September 1989 : Ceased


883 (Crockers Ash - Whitchurch - Glewstone - Ross-on-Wye)

5 September 1989 : Introduced.


935 (Mitcheldean Rank Xerox - Ross - Lydbrook)

2 January 1991 : See 987 below.

12 April 1993 : Lost to Duke's Travel.


987 (Mitcheldean Rank Xerox - Ross - Kerne Bridge)

26 October 1986 : Gained from Willetts of Yorkley.

2 January 1991 : Afternoon peak journey extended via Ruardean and Joys Green to Lydbrook, being renumbered 935. On Fridays, when th works at Mitcheldean closes at midday, this journey commences at Ross-on-Wye.


Sandyway - Monmouth via St. Weonards, Welsh Newton (WF)

26 October 1986 : Commenced

10 September 1987 : Forward journey extended back to Hereford, running via

Grafton and Wormelow Tump.

16 December 1988 : Wednesday service withdrawn leaving only the Friday service.

20 January 1989 : Friday service (remainder) withdrawn . Changes to NationalWelsh service X49 replace this service.


Trewen - Llangrove - Llangarron - Thorn - Skakes - Ross-on-Wye (Sch)

4 November 1985 : Acquired from Greystones Coachways

16 December 1988 : Ceased (Replaced by 833)


Hereford - Wormelow - Monmouth (NSu)

28 July 1986 : Commenced, supplementary jnys only

26 October 1986 : Lost to Red and White.


St. Weonards - Hereford via Garway, Orcop, Haywood (NSu)

1 January 1986 : Gained from Yeomans Canyon Travel

28 July 1986 : S jnys diverted to double-run to Monkton Place

26 October 1986 : Completely revised, with M-F pk and F off-peak running from Cross Ash via Skenfrith to Garway, then current route, MTTh off-peak from Cross Ash via Skenfrith, Garway, Broad Oak, Old Pike, St. Weonards, Wormelow, Haywood, WS off-peak from Cross Ash S, from Broad Oak W via Garway, Bagwyllidiart, Kilpeck, Much Dewchurch,Cobhall Common.

10 September 1987 : 1010 journey from Garway commences Monmuth at 0945 on Wednesdays (see Sandyway - Monmouth service for subsequent history).

5 September 1989 : Passed to Midland Red West following retendering.



Metrowest (Black Country Buses Ltd.)


765/765A Stourbridge - Hagley R.C. High School (Sch)

September 1993 : Gained from West Midlands Travel



Midland Red North of Cannock


175 (Inkford Brook - Solihull via Wythall, Grimes Hill, Truemans Heath, Drakes Cross, Hollywood, Maypole, Majors Green and Shirley, S)

15 June 1996 : commenced on emergency contract following withrawal by Buzzways.

27 April 1997 : Ceased after operation on this date as carried insufficient passengers.



MHS Travel i.e. Mini Hire Services (Jordan) of Stourport:


2 (Kidderminster - Bewdley - Bark Hill, NSu)

20 July 1991 : Mid-evening journey commenced supplementing the Midland Red West service.

23 April 1992 : Withdrawn without replacement.


7 (Greenhill - Kidderminster, Early M-F)

4 January 1995 : Transferred from Go Whittle by mutual agreement.

26 April 1996 : Withdrawn without replacement


15A (Kidderminster - Wilden Top - Stourport, NSu)

20 February 1994 : Won from Midland Red West, Stevensons and Go Whittle. Now serves the Hartlebury Park Estate in addition to 305.

2 September 1995 : Lost to Midland Red West the services being substantially revised.


15B (Areley Kings - The Walshes - Stourport - Wilden - Aggborough - Kidderminster, NSu)

2 January 1993 : Experimental evening service commenced. At the Kidderminster end the service loops via the Bus Station and the Railway Station, certain journeys deviate via Wilden Top and the last journey from Kidderminster diverts at Wilden to Hartlebury, not serving Stourport.

Mid-1993 : Wilden Top journeys diverted further into housing estate.

24 February 1995 : Discontinued without replacement having failed to carry sufficient passengers.


151 Droitwich - Hanbury - Feckenham - New End - Astwood Bank - Redditch (S)

7 June 1986 : Gained from Midland Red West.

26 January 1987 : Withdrawn.


212 (Stourport - Hartlebury Industrial Estate via Bewdley, Blakebrook, Habberley, Kidderminster, Stourport, Chadwick Bank, M-F)

28 January 1991 : Experimental service commenced.

4 March 1991 : Revised route omitting the large sweep of Kidderminster housing estates to operate direct from Blakebrook into Kidderminster centre.

27 September 1991 : Withdrawn without replacement, having carried very few passengers.


214 (Stourport - Bewdley)

6 April 1991 : Acquired from Harries Coaches on tendering.

30 August 1991 : Lost to Midland Red West, who actually commenced off-peak replacement service 211 in July due to a requirement to cover the Lower Lickhill section of route.


305 (Kidderminster - Hartlebury - Stourport, NSu)

20 February 1994 : Won from Midland Red West, Stevensons and Go Whittle.

2 September 1995 : Lost to Midland Red West the services being substantially revised.


580 (Halfpenny Green - Kinver - Lower Kingsford - Wolverley Village - Kidderminster, ThS)

1 July 1989 : Commenced (supported by Staffordshire County Council). Replaces a Regency Minibuses route.

11 April 1992 : Lost to Midland Red West



Morris's Coaches (C.G. Morris) of Bromyard :


Worcester (Angel Place) - Lower Wick via St. Johns (NSu)

26 October 1986 : Commenced

26 January 1987 : Ceased


Worcester - Broadwas - Bromyard (NSu)

26 October 1986 : Commenced

26 January 1987 : Reduced to single jny M-F from Worcester only.

3 September 1988 : Single journey service withdrawn.


Bredenbury - Bromyard (Sch)

29 April 1988: Ceased after operation on this date.


Knightwick - Worcester (W)

3 September 1988: Withdrawn following retendering


400 (Bromyard Town Service, NSu)

6 January 1992 : Gained from Bromyard Omnibus Company

21 April 1992 : Lost back to Bromyard Omnibus Company.


418 (Bromyard Tenbury Road - Hatton Park - Bromyard - Suckley - Knightwick - Broadwas - Upper Broadheath -Worcester, S)

25 April 1992 : Commenced

29 August 1992 : Ceased after operation on this date, being replaced by alterations to Midland Red West services in the area.


422 Bromyard - Suckley - Alfrick - Worcester (NSu)

30 April 1988 : 1345(Sat) journey from Bromyard retimed to 1430.

3 September 1988: Reduced to run on Saturdays only, following retendering

1 July 1989 : Saturday afternoon service passed to Midland Red West. This leaves Morris's with 2 Saturday morning journeys on this route.

25 April 1992 : Remainder of service lost to Midland Red West.


425 (Bromyard - Bishops Frome - Worcester, S)

23 March 1990 : Taken over by Midland Red West under contract.


427 Clifton-upon-Teme - Bromyard via Upper Sapey and Tedstone Wafre (Sch)

25 January 1994 : Acquired from Rogers Coaches (in curtailed form).


482 (Bromyard - Bredenbury - Steensbridge - Leominster) (NSu)

27 July 1988: Service acquired from Hemming Coachways

4 December 1989: M-F peak journeys curtailed to commence at Steensbridge and lost to Lugg Valley Motors.

18 June 1990 : Off-peak service reduced to operate MWFS only.

22 April 1992 : Service reduced to Fridays only. These now serve Stoke Prior and also deviate via Risbury, partially replacing Lugg Valley 483.

An extra Friday round-trip between Stoke Prior and Leominster is inserted during layover.

4 September 1992 :Timetable revised, with the 1215 short-working being extended to Risbury in lieu of the later through working.

28 April 1995 : Lost to Primrose Motors.


812 (Dunley - Martley, Sch)

31 July 1996 : Cancelled after this date. This was one of the first school contract services in Hereford and Worcester to be made available to the public, initially operating under a "permit".

929(Bromyard - Bishops Frome - Newtown - Sun Valley Works - Hereford) (M-F)

3 February 1990 : Evening journey acquired by D R M Coaches. D R M now runs the full service.


955 (Bromyard - Leominster - Ford Bridge - Englands Gate - Marden - Moreton-on-Lugg - Hereford, TTh)

27 March 1990 : Service commenced, leaving Bromyard at 1400, returning from Burghill, St Marys Hospital at 1645, running via County Hospital, General Hospital and Eye Hospital in Hereford. Bus used has a wheelchair lift.

18 June 1990 : Revised to operate in the mornings, also replacing off-peak service on 482.

26 March 1993 : Ceased after operation on this date. Changes were made to services 470, 482 and 672 in partial replacement.


956 (Bromyard - Bishops Frome - Bosbury - Ledbury - Bartestree - Hereford, MWF)

26 March 1990 : Service commenced, leaving Bromyard at 1400, returning from Burghill, St Marys Hospital at 1645, running via County Hospital, General Hospital and Eye Hospital in Hereford. Bus used has a wheelchair lift.

18 June 1990 : Revised to operate in the mornings.

26 March 1993 : Ceased after operation on this date. Changes were made to services 470, 482 and 672 in partial replacement.



M & J Taxis (Bate) of Worcester :


364 (Gt Malvern - Madresfield - Worcester, W)

21 March 1990 : Restored former Rural Ways service, to modified timetable.

31 May 1990 : Withdrawn after operation on this date without replacement.


386 (Gt Malvern - Welland - Upton-upon-Severn)

21 March 1990 : Restored former Rural Ways service, to modified timetable.

31 May 1990 : Withdrawn after operation on this date without replacement.