Hold Tight! - Bus companies
Chapter 4
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Hold Tight!
Chapter 4
18 Fare game?
19 Ten bob fiddler
20 Back to front
21 Fareham tales
22 Baby blues
23 Winter blues
24 Double trouble
25 Bus companies
26 Get lost
27 Time to move
1 Beginnings
2 Learning
3 Getting Away
4 Winchester
5 Freedom
6 Southampton
7 City Transport
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The Hants & Dorset bus company had its origins in Bournemouth and by the nineteen twenties had spread through Hampshire and Dorset, covering Bournemouth, Poole, the New Forest, Hythe, Southampton, Romsey, Eastleigh, Winchester and Fareham. The Tilling group and the Southern Railway became major shareholders. With railway nationalisation in 1947, The British Transport Commission became a shareholder. Shortly afterwards Tillings sold their bus interests to BTC and Hants & Dorset became a state owned company. In 1969 the setting up of the National Bus Company brought all the nationalised bus services into one big group.
The main bus operator in Winchester was the King Alfred Omnibus Company, owned by the Chisnell family. The company ran all the city routes, to Harestock, Highcliffe, Morn Hill, Oliver's Battery, Stanmore, Weeke, Winnall, and some outside the town, to Basingstoke, Broughton, Crawley, Fisher's Pond, Owselbury, Sparsholt, Sutton Scotney, Whitchurch. Some of the out of town routes were withdrawn, including the 1 and 2 routes to Fisher's Pond, or combined in the case of the 8 (Broughton) and 9 (Crawley). King Alfred buses ran from the 9th of October 1922 to the 28th of April 1973 when the routes and buses passed to Hants & Dorset.
Other out of town services were operated by:
Aldershot & District: 14 Aldershot.
Hants & Dorset: 47 Southampton, 48 Southampton, 66 Salisbury, 67 Petersfield, 68/68A/68B Andover, 69 Fareham.
Wilts & Dorset: 66 Salisbury, 68/68A/68B Andover, 111 Basingstoke.
Buddens Coaches, Greyfriars Coaches, Hursley Coaches.
Hants & Dorset Aldershot & District King Alfred King Alfred
There are a good number of preserved vehicles from each of the main companies, which can be seen at events throughout the year. These include enough King Alfred vehicles to operate a complete network of routes on running days in Winchester.
See Friends of King Alfred Buses on page 67 for a link to their website.
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