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March 1950   King Alfred Timetable March 1950
December 1963   King Alfred Timetable December 1963
November 1965   King Alfred Timetable November 1965
May 1970   King Alfred Timetable May 1970
January 1971   King Alfred Timetable January 1971
Tickets   A collection of bus tickets.
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Preserving King Alfred buses and
coaches and the memory of
King Alfred Motor Services 1920 to 1973
King Alfred Motor Services ran buses in and around Winchester from 1922 to 1973. The Chisnell family owned this and other businesses in the city. After providing transport for troops during the great war, Robert Chisnell ran excursions and started his first bus routes in October 1922. The network grew rapidly to become a rarity in British public transport, a privately owned city service. There were also routes out of town, locally to Twyford and Fisher's Pond and as far as Basingstoke and Whitchurch. The garage was near Winchester Chesil railway station just over the river from the Broadway terminus.
In the 1960s the increasing traffic in Winchester's narrow streets often brought the city to a standstill. The rise in car ownership and staff shortages made it difficult to maintain the service. The out of town routes began to shrink and Sunday services were cut. Despite buying new buses, the company resisted the trend elsewhere to convert to driver only operation.
However, the difficulties continued and eventually on the 28th of April 1973 the the last King Alfred bus ran into the garage and the routes were handed over to the Hants & Dorset company. They also inherited the staffing problem and needed to borrow people (including me) from depots such as Southampton.
King Alfred routes and buses passed to Hants & Dorset but many of the vehicles were soon moved from Winchester, exchanged or sold. However, many of these survived and there are now a large number of preserved King Alfred vehicles which can be seen at events throughout the year, including the annual running day in Winchester.
Find more King Alfred information and other operators in the Winchester section.
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