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.