- National Express Dundee
National Express Dundee
A Travel Dundee East Lancs MaxCi (no longer in service)
Founded 1997 Headquarters Dundee Locale Dundee Service area Dundee Service type Urban and interurban bus services Operator National Express Group Web site traveldundee.co.uk
The company has its origins in the Dundee and District Tramways Company, which commenced horse tram operations on 30 August 1877. Steam traction was adopted in 1885. On 1 June 1899 the company was compulsorily acquired by the local municipality to become Dundee City Tramways. The system was electrified between 1900 and 1902.
From 1922 motor buses began to be operated in addition to the trams. The tram system continued to be extended until 1933, but was finally abandoned on 21 October 1956. Buses replaced the trams, and the department changed its name to Dundee Corporation Transport.
Local government reorganisation meant that the bus operation passed to Tayside Regional Council from 16 May 1975. In spite of the change of name, the council's bus operations were confined to the Dundee area. The livery was changed from green to dark blue, light blue and white.
In preparation for the introduction of bus deregulation in October 1986, an "arms-length" company was formed in the previous year: Tayside Public Transport Company Ltd, which used the fleetname "Tayside Buses". The livery was changed to blue and cream. In 1991 it was bought out by employees, led by chairman and chief executive Sandy Strachan and in February 1997 the company was sold to the National Express Group, by then chairman and chief executive Jack Henry. The company became Travel Dundee. The livery changed again, this time to blue, red and white.
Travel Dundee has been a contractor for Scottish Citylink form many years. However, shortly after the formation of a joint venture between Citylink and Stagecoach on 28 November 2005, Travel Dundee's services were stopped. They were reinstated at short notice from 9 January 2006 when extra journeys were added to Service M91 from Perth Bus Station direct to Edinburgh. In May 2006, they started operating journeys on the M90 Service (Perth bus station - Kinross - Dunfermline - Edinburgh). Citylink work ended for the third time in September 2008, as part of a review of coaching activities by management of the day. 
On 11 November 2007, National Express Group announced plans to re-brand their UK bus service companies (including Travel Dundee) under the National Express identity, the new name being National Express Dundee. The first buses in the new branding began to appear on the streets in late October 2008. In June 2011, a large proportion of the fleet were still branded as Travel Dundee.
- Please see: National Express Dundee Route List
National Express have a fleet of single- and double-decker buses from various manufacturers. Some of these vehicles have come from other National Express operators.
New bus acquisition
In May 2010, National Express Dundee took delivery of 15 Scania Omnilinks, after going 6 years without new buses. The Fleet numbers and Registrations are
Fleetnumbers Registrations 7019 SP10 CXA 7020 SP10 CXB 7021 SP10 CXC 7022 SP10 CXD 7023 SP10 CXE 7024 SP10 CXF 7025 SP10 CXG 7026 SP10 CXH 7027 SP10 CXJ 7028 SP10 CXK 7029 SP10 CWV 7030 SP10 CWW 7031 SP10 CWX 7032 SP10 CWY 7033 SP10 CWZ
Travel Greyhound is the coaching subsidiary which offers a range of coaches and buses for hire. Greyhound Luxury Coaches was a trading name for T D Alexander and Sons (Scotland) Limited, who commenced operations in 1960. The business was acquired by Tayside Public Transport on 13 August 1990, and was originally rebranded as Tayside Greyhound.
G & N Wishart provides rural bus and coach services in the county of Angus, from its base in Friockheim. The operation now trades as Travel Wishart.
- ^ David G Wilson, Buses of Eastern Scotland, 2nd edition, Manchester, 1981
- ^ Stewart J Brown, Buses in Britain, London, 1993
- ^ Peter White, Bus and coach deregulation and privatization in Great Britain, with particular reference to Scotland, Journal of Transport Geography, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 135-141, 1998
- ^ Dundee Area Bus Directory, Second Edition - Spring 2009, by Susanna Scott. ISSN 2041-0735
- ^ D J Slater, Major PSV Operators 4: Scotland and Ireland, Birmingham, 1991
National Express Group United Kingdom bus operations International bus operations Railway operations Tram operations Defunct bus companies Defunct railway companies Annual revenue: £2,525 million GBP ( 4.1% FY 2006) · Employees: 43,000 · Stock symbol: LSE: NEX Current Bus Operators of Scotland National Regional
Arriva Scotland West · Blue Bus of North Lanarkshire · First Aberdeen · First East Scotland · First Glasgow · Glasgow Citybus · Lothian Buses · Munro's of Jedburgh · National Express Dundee · Stagecoach Bluebird · Stagecoach in Fife · Stagecoach in the Highlands · Stagecoach in Perth · Stagecoach Strathtay · Stagecoach West Scotland · West Coast Motors
See also: Transport Scotland
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