ANDOVER (HAMPSHIRE) IN THE EARLY 70'S
 

KSW6B 382 stands in Andover Bus Station in early 1971.  Service 71 ran to Amport via the Andover RAF station.  With MAP the service was abandoned to the operations of the independent operator Amport and District (see below).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wilts and Dorset were amongst the leaders in the introduction of "driver conducted" (nowadays one person operated) buses.  Realising that some of their rural routes were uneconomic to operate on the conventional system using two staff, they converted virtually all their single deckers for this mode of operation.  The conversion was not on a route-by-route basis, quiet journeys would be one man, busier journeys double-deck. 529, a Bristol LS, stands in Andover bus station in early 1970.
 
 
 

A more modern vehicle.  Bristol FLF JMR820F, unusually with a Leyland engine, also stands in Andover bus station in 1969.  Service 76 linked Andover with Basingstoke, running every hour.  Basingstoke was where I spent two happy summers earning a bit of extra money by conducting, and FLF's were the standard fare in Basingstoke for the town services.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The local independent operator was A.H. Razey, trading as Amport and District.  Although the company was running Bedford OB's in 1965, this is a later picture taken in 1971 of a Bedford SB.  The route became a tendered service after deregulation and is now run by Stagecoach Hampshire Bus.