National Express Dundee


National Express Dundee
National Express Dundee
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A Travel Dundee East Lancs MaxCi (no longer in service)
Founded 1997
Headquarters Scotland Dundee
Locale Dundee
Service area Dundee
Service type Urban and interurban bus services
Operator National Express Group
Web site traveldundee.co.uk

National Express Dundee is a bus operator based in Dundee, Scotland and operates services mainly within Dundee City. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Express Group.

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History

The "Travel Dundee" logo which will be abandoned after re-branding

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.[1] 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.[2][3] 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. [4]

Rebranding

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.

Route list

Please see: National Express Dundee Route List

Fleet

Existing fleet

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

Subsidiary companies

Travel Greyhound

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.[5]

G&N Wishart

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.

References

  1. ^ David G Wilson, Buses of Eastern Scotland, 2nd edition, Manchester, 1981
  2. ^ Stewart J Brown, Buses in Britain, London, 1993
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Dundee Area Bus Directory, Second Edition - Spring 2009, by Susanna Scott. ISSN 2041-0735
  5. ^ D J Slater, Major PSV Operators 4: Scotland and Ireland, Birmingham, 1991

External links

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