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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L.C.K. Taxis of Ross-on-Wye


30 Ruardean Crooked End - Forest Green (T) - Howle Hill - Tudorville - Ross (TTh)

2 April 1991 : Acquired from J & M Taxis

20 August 1991 : Transferred to Soudley Valley (LCK ceased trading)


32 Symonds Yat - Llangrove - Llangarron - Glewstone - Ross (T)

2 April 1991 : Acquired from J & M Taxis

20 August 1991 : Transferred to Soudley Valley (LCK ceased trading)



Little Red Bus Co (Red Arrow Express Ltd.) of Smethwick


20A Droitwich - New Chawson (NSu 2 jnys)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


22 Droitwich - Claines - Worcester (NSu early journeys)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


23 Worcester - Lower Wick (1 early S jny)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


26 Worcester - Henwick Park (E every 30m)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


28 Worcester - County Hall (S early jny)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


30A Worcester - Ronkswood - Baynham - Worcester (E hourly) [The service in the opposite direction, 29A, is still operated by Midland Red West.]

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


33 Worcester - Dines Green (Su every 30m + S early)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


34 Worcester - Blackpole - Warndon - Brickfields - Worcester (ESu hourly)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Boomerang

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


35 Worcester - Brickfields - Warndon - Blackpole - Worcester (ESu hourly)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Boomerang

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


41/41AWorcester - Ronkswood - Warndon - Worcester (E hourly plus S early jny) :[The evening service in the opposite direction, 43A, is still operated by Midland Red West.]

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

4 January 1997 : 41A diverted via Brindley Road, Wainwright Road and Ebrington Drive in the Warndon industrial area

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


42 Malvern Link - Barnards Green (1 S single early jny)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

1 June 1997 : Curtailed to start at Leos in Malvern Link and finish at Barnards Green shops.

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


X44 Worcester - Birmingham via Droitwich, M5 (D)

1 September 1997 : New service of positioning journeys

29 November 1997 : Withdrawn


47B Cotteridge to Groveley Lane via 47 route, Rednal Island, Lickey Road, Longbridge Island (Su eves 30m)

20 August 1995 : Commenced

21 April 1996 : Withdrawn


62N Birmingham - Longbridge (FS nights)

1 September 1997 : Journeys extend to Rubery on request.

29 November 1997 : Withdrawn


140 Droitwich - Hanbury - Stoke Prior - Bromsgrove (NSu 1 jny)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


141 Droitwich - Stoke Works - Stoke Prior - Bromsgrove (NESu hourly) : Evening service withdrawn

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

4 January 1997 : Extended on one journey to start at Droitwich High School

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


144 Birmingham - Bromsgrove - Worcester - Malvern - British Camp (Su every 2 hours)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West. Inter-timed with continuing MRW journeys.

1 June 1997 : Positioning journeys registered, with additional NSu oddments between Birmingham and Worcester including a 2340 Worcester - Bham, plus S morning journeys Worcester - Malvern Link and Barnards Green - Droitwich and extra Su oddments Worcester - Birmingham including early morning and late evening journeys.

1 September 1997 : Some positioning journeys became service X44

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West (except positioning jnys withdrawn)


146 (Redditch - Birmingham, M-F early jny)

19 April 1994 : Ceased.

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


157 Droitwich - The Ridings (NPESu hourly)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


355 Droitwich - Hampton Lovett (TF)

31 August 1996 : Gained from Midland Red West

29 November 1997 : Transferred to Midland Red West


358 Worcester Bus Station Circular via Rainbow Hill, Brickfields, Warndon, Tolladine Road (NESu 30m)

365 Worcester Bus Station Circular via Tolladine Road, Warndon, Brickfields, Rainbow Hill (NESu 30m)

1 September 1997 : New circular commercial Worcester city services, in competition with Midland Red West

20 October 1997 : Warndon terminal loop of 365 revised to enable inbound buses to all serve the same stop.

29 November 1997 : Withdrawn


617A (Northfield - Rubery Circulars, NSu)

25 January 1995 : Gained from Pattersons

29 April 1995 : Lost to WM Buses


Ludlow Taxis (Taylor) of Ludlow :


Leominster - Orleton - Richards Castle - Ludlow (Sch)

27 January 1988 : Commenced

14 May 1994 : Ceased


Leominster - Stockton Cross - Ashton - Ludlow (Sch)

27 January 1988 : Commenced

14 May 1994 : Ceased


Ludlow - Leominster via Brimfield (on request), Ashton and Stockton Cross, returning via Luston, Orleton and Richards Castle (Sch).

4 April 1988 : Commenced

14 May 1994 : Ceased


735 (Wigmore - Ludlow via Leinthall Starkes, Elton and Aston, M)

24 September 1990 Commenced

14 May 1994 : Ceased




Ludlow's Coaches of Halesowen


002 (Halesowen - Quinton - Kitwell, NESu)

31 August 1990 : New service, operating half-hourly, competitive with Stevensons Bus Services routes 202-204.

29 July 1991 : Route revised in Kitwell, operating a loop from Wood Lane via Kitwell Lane, Ravenhayes Lane, Balmoral Road, Scotland Lane, Field Lane back to Wood Lane. 0705 from Halesowen withdrawn.

19 August 1991: Completely revised, to run Merry Hill - Halesowen - Bartley Green - Weoley Castle. From Merry Hill the service runs via Quarry Bank High Street, Cradley Forge, Maypole Hill, Lyde Green, Colley lane, Windmill Hill, Drews Holloway, Stourbridge Road and Richmond Street to Halesowen, thence via the existing route to Wood Lane, Kitwell Lane, Ravenshaye Lane, Balmoral Road, Scotland Lane, Field Lane, Romsley Road, Adams Hill, Genners Lane, Cromwell Lane, Woodcock Lane, Shenley Lane and Weoley Castle Road to Weoley Castle Square. The morning peak service runs Halesowen - Kitwell only as at present, then the service is half-hourly on the full route until 1715/1800.


007 (Halesowen - Hunnington - Romsley, M-F):

26 January 1987 : Commenced, hourly plus peak extras.

9 April 1987 : No longer serves Halesmere Estate, reduced to run hourly throughout the day. Saturday service added, previously 009.

6 February 1989 : Extra M-F morning journey from Halesowen to Hunnington (Toffee Factory), under contract to West Midlands P.T.E., commenced

9 September 1991 : Frequency increased to every 30 minutes off-peak

13 July 1992 : Peak-hour extensions to and from Colley Gate withdrawn with the frequency being reduced to hourly.

31 January 1994 : Extended at both ends and now runs from Merry Hill via Halesowen, Romsley, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Batchley and Redditch Town Centre to Redditch (Alexandra Hospital), operating out from Redditch via Matchborough and return via Woodrow. The service runs every hour.

7 January 1997 : Curtailed to terminate at Redditch Town Centre (Church Green West), also being rerouted between Redditch and Batchley via Birmingham Road (avoiding Riverside), and via Stratford Road instead of New Road in Bromsgrove.

15 September 1997 : One morning short journey extended to Catshill, running direct through Romsley village to save time.


009 (Birmingham - Halesowen - Romsley, S)

26 January 1987 : Commenced.

9 April 1987 : Curtailed to run Halesowen - Romsley only, becomes part of 007.


192 (Kidderminster - Hagley -Halesowen)

2 January 1988 : Commenced, subsidised

19 February 1988 : Ceased. Subsidy arrangements made when it appeared that there would otherwise be no all-stops services between Kidderminster and Halesowen. Services continued, therefore subsidy ceased.


195 (Kidderminster - Hagley - Stourbridge)

2 January 1988 : Commenced, subsidised

19 February 1988 : Ceased. Subsidy arrangements made when it appeared that there would otherwise be no all-stops services between Kidderminster and Halesowen. Services continued, therefore subsidy ceased.


202 (Halesowen - Quinton - Frankley)

22 July 1991 : Peak journeys added NSu subsidised by CENTRO, partially replacing journeys by Midland Red West and PMT.

19 July 1992 : Reduced, with just a couple of morning peak journeys remaining.

9 January 1995 : Further journeys acquired from West Midlands Travel under an emergency contract, service becoming 202-204 (Halesowen - Quinton - Frankley - Rednal -Bromsgrove, NESu)

22 April 1995 : Slightly revised, with variant 203 (via Longbridge) withdrawn and additional journeys on variant 204 (via Parsonage Drive) at school times replacing Harris 845.


335 (Halesowen - Bromsgrove):

3 January 1989 : Taken over from Midland Red West at a much reduced frequency of peak journeys each way Monday to Saturday.

18 September 1989 : Reduced to Monday to Friday only

31 August 1990 : Withdrawn after this date without replacement.




Lugg Valley Motors (Staples) of Leominster :

6 January 1998 : Taken into the Yeomans group and reformed as a limited company.


Leominster - Bromyard via Bredenbury (FS)

1 July 1986 : Lost to Hemming Coachways


Little Hereford - Middleton-on-the-Hill - Leominster (F)

1 July 1986 : Lost to Hemming Coachways


Pembridge - Eardisland - Dilwyn - Hereford (WS)

3 April 1989 : Curtailed to run Eardisland - Hereford only on Wednesdays and merged into 502, with the Saturday service being numbered 503 and operating Eardisland - Pembridge - Bearwood - Luntley - Dilwyn - Westhope - Canon Pyon - Whitecross - Hereford.


107 (Hereford - Newton Farm) (Su)

115 (Hereford - Tupsley) (Su)

15 February 1987 : Gained from Primrose Motors.

21 April 1991 : Ceased after this date (Contract lost)


114 (Hereford - Venns Lane - Holmer - Bobblestock - Hereford, NSu)

1 November 1993 : Introduced.

15 November 1993 : Additional Hereford - Venns Lane circular journeys (out via Venn's Lane, Return via College Green).

114 (Hereford - Bobblestock Circular, NESu)

9 September 1996 : Expanded, incorporating some of the journeys previously operated by Yeomans as service 113.


292 (Leominster - Dinmore Hill - Hereford, M-F)

4 November 1985 : Two peak jnys diverted via Bodenham (Englands Gate)

December 1986 : Diversion of 0750 Hereford-Leominster via Englands Gate ceased.

6 November 1989 : Expanded with 4 journeys being provided in each direction on Monday to Saturday, with most diverted via Wellington and Moreton-on-Lugg villages and all extended to and from Baron's Cross Estate.

2 October 1995 : Curtailed to operate only from Leominster Bus Station, the Barons Cross section being deleted.

6 May 1996 : Amended to terminate at St Peters Square in Hereford.

20 October 1997 : Retimed onto a regular hourly frequency, running a few minutes away from the Primrose Motors service.

6 January 1998 : Withdrawn


292 (Richards Castle - Leominster, Sch)

6 January 1997 : Withdrawn.


449 Hereford - Newton Farm - Kingstone - Madley (Archenfield) (Su)

15 February 1987 : Gained from Primrose Motors.

2 April 1989 : Timetable amended with Newton Farm journeys starting from Fryzers Court (Tesco's) via Widemarsh Street.

21 April 1991 : Ceased after this date (Contract lost)


453/454 Woolhope/Holme Lacy - Mordiford - Hereford (NSu)

1 June 1987 :Gained from Yeomans Canyon Travel

20/6/88 : Certain Wednesday journeys between Holme Lacy and Hereford on were diverted via Rectory Road and Church Lane in Hampton Bishop.

21 April 1992 : Lost to Yeomans Canyon Travel.


482 Leominster - Steensbridge - Risbury - Bodenham - Hereford (MTThSSch)

1 April 1986 : Gained from Hemmings Coachways

5/12/88 : Extra journeys were added, increasing service to NSu and replacing the service previously operated by Hemming Coachways. Friday journeys to and from Dinmore (A49) are included.

4 December 1989 : M-F peak journeys on Bromyard - Leominster acquired from Morris's Coaches, curtailed to commence at Steensbridge.

15 June 1990 : Withdrawn after this date, leaving only the Morris's Coaches off-peak service on the route, which was also amended (q.v.).


482 (Leominster - Steens Bridge via Stoke Prior, T)

22 April 1992 : Introduced. Positioning jnys omit Stoke Prior

18 February 1997 : Discontinued. The subsidy contract for the service had lapsed some time earlier, but the service had continued nevertheless.


483 (Bodenham - Leominster, F)

26/8/88 : Acquired from Hemming Coachways

21 April 1992 : Withdrawn, being partially replaced by diversion of Morris's 482.


483 (Bodenham Moor - Leominster via Englands Gate, Bodenham and Marlbrook, F)

12 May 1995 : New service

8 September 1995 : Withdrawn


488 Brimfield - Leominster (F)

26/8/88 : Acquired from Hemming Coachways

21 April 1992 : Withdrawn, being partially replaced by diversion of certain Friday journeys on 491 (Leominster - Orleton, TF) via Ashton, Moreton and Eye, and partially by diversion of 500 (Leominster - Tenbury, F)


489 Hatfield - Romers Common - Leysters - Tenbury (T)

5/1/88 : Acquired from Hemming Coachways on retendering of the subsidy contract.

2 January 1990 : Withdrawn after this date, without replacement.


491 (Leominster - Orleton, TF)

3 September 1993 : No longer serves the villages of Eye and Moreton. These villages are not now served by local bus.

28 May 1996 : Tuesday service lost to Go Whittle, and Friday service reduced to one journey only.

30 August 1996 : Withdrawn and partly replaced by Primrose Motors 493.


492 Richards Castle - Leominster via Orleton (M-F)

1 August 1986 : Reduced to Sch, afternoon jny diverted via Yarpole and Bircher

6 April 1990 : Evening journey withdrawn after this date. The morning journey remains but runs Richards Castle -> Luston -> Leominster only.


496 (Leominster - Eardisland, Sch)

End of 1996 : Withdrawn, following the loss of the associated school contract,


500 (Leominster - Tenbury, F)

21 April 1992 : Lost to Go Whittle.


501 (Leominster - Upperhill - Canon Pyon - Hereford, NSu)

28 October 1989 : Withdrawn and replaced by a similar service operated by Primrose Motors under subsidy contract.


502 (Leominster - Dilwyn - Hereford, NSu)

21 April 1992 : Saturday journeys lost to Yeomans Canyon Travel, and the Wednesday off-peak service was revised.

1 June 1997 : Wednesday off-peak round trip between Dilwyn and Hereford replaced by 764 and 902.


503 (Hereford - Dilwyn - Pembridge - Leominster, S)

21 April 1992 : Lost to Yeomans Canyon Travel.


507 (Weobley - Dilwyn - Monkland - Leominster) (FSch)

5 January 1990 : Retimed, now connects at Weobley with Sargeant Bros service 461 from Kington, allowing journeys from Eardisley and Almeley to Leominster.

3 September 1993 : Curtailed to operate Dilwyn - Leominster on Schooldays, Monkland - Leominster on Fridays, being replaced by the extension back of 508 (Dilwyn - Ivington - Leominster, F) to start at Weobley and the diversion of Primrose 499 (Leintwardine - Leominster, F) via Monkland.

28 October 1994 : The Friday only journeys between Monkland and Leominster withdrawn, leaving the service running Schooldays only.

5 September 1995 : Additional Schooldays journey between Leominster and Weobley High School


508 (Dilwyn - Ivington - Leominster, F)

3 September 1993 : Extended back to start at Weobley


735 (Presteigne - Ludlow via Combe, Shobdon, Wigmore, Leinthall Starkes and Elton, Coll)

2 September 1997 : Gained from Teme Valley


764 (Tenbury Wells, The Crescent - Hereford via Burford, Little Hereford, Brimfield, Ashton and Kimbolton) (3rd Wednesday in the month only)

15 June 1994 : Experimental service started, following requests from Tenbury and Brimfield residents for extra services to Hereford.

1 June 1997 : Diverted via Dilwyn

20 August 1997 : Lost to R & B Travel.


801 (Leominster - Bush Bank - Ivington School - Leominster) (Sch)

5/1/88 : Route modified to run via Ivington, Upper Hill, Bush Bank, Birley, Aulden, then double run to Hyde Ash and return via Ivington to Leominster.

19/9/88 : Diverted via Barons Cross in one direction

9 January 1990 : Acquired by Primrose Motors.


802 (Leintwardine - Hereford via Wigmore, Kingsland, Knapton Green and Canon Pyon , Coll)

2 September 1997 : Gained from Teme Valley, although the positioning journeys to/from Leintwardine are withdrawn.


888 (Leominster - Eye - Ashton, Sch)

6 January 1997 : Lost,


902 from Bucknell to Hereford via Bedstone, Hopton Heath, Abcott, Clungunford, Leintwardine, Wigmore, and Aymestrey (2nd W of month)

8 September 1993 : Started.

13 October 1993 : Diverted via Brampton Bryan (Green).

8 November 1995 : Diverted via Monkland & Leominster, to provide a service to Monkland.

24 January 1996 :Increased to run on the 2nd and 4th Weds of each month

1 June 1997 : Diverted via Dilwyn, short-working between Dilwyn and Hereford added on the 1st Wednesday of the month.