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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Yarranton Bros. of Eardiston :

Yarranton Bros. of Eardiston :


Tenbury - Boraston Circular (TS)

26 October 1986 : Lost to Go Whittle


Menithwood - Leominster (F)

26 October 1986 : Curtailed to start at Eardiston


Mamble - Bayton - Clows Top - Rock - Pensax - Stockton-on-Teme (Sch) :

1986 : Ceased


Eardiston - Tenbury (NSu) :

23/5/88 : 0715 journey from Eardiston and 1625 return extended to and from Menithwood

24/10/88: Saturday journeys between Menithwood and Eardiston withdrawn, also 1720 (M-Th) from Tenbury


Upper Rochford - Tenbury - St Michaels - Sutton - Kyre - Netherwood Turn - Hereford (1st W in month)

6/7/88 : "New" service, although previously operated as a regular excursion.


Kidderminster - Mamble - Tenbury (Sch):

1986 : Diverted via Abberley


758 (Tenbury - Great Witley - Worcester) (NSu)

19/9/88: Worcester terminus moved to Angel Place

5 February 1990 : Saturday service reduced.


759 (Tenbury - Stockton-on-Teme - Great Witley - Kidderminster) (ThSSch)

9/88 : Reduced to Thursdays and Saturdays only 1988.

5 February 1990 : Saturday morning service replaced by 760. Saturday afternoon service added run- ning Eardiston - Stockton-on-Teme - Great Witley - Kidderminster only.


760 (Eardiston - Frith Common - Clows Top - Pensax - Great Witley - Kidderminster) (S) :

5 February 1990 : Service transferred to Saturday mornings and diverted via Rock between Clows Top and Pensax.


761 (Eardiston - Eastham - Upper Rochford - Tenbury) (NSu) :

5 February 1990 : Saturday service curtailed to start at Eastham and diverted via Highwood (M-F ser- vice runs Upper Rochford - Tenbury only).


Stanford Bridge - Tenbury (TS) (762?) :

30 May 1986 : T pm jnys withdrawn.


767 (Foresters Road/Stanbrook Road - Teme Street - Oakbridge Court/The Crescent) (TS) :

5 February 1990 : New Tenbury town service between estates to the north of the town and estates just off the Bromyard road.


824 (Eardiston - Pensax - Abberley - Worcester Schools)

8/1/90: Extended to and from Worcester Sixth Form College, replacing a similar extension on Midland Red West service 417.


827 (Stanford Bridge - Eastham - Upper Rochford - Tenbury) (Sch) :

2/2/87 : Revised to run Eardiston - Eastham - Broadheath - Kyre - Tenbury


828 (Broadheath - Eastham - Lower Rochford - Tenbury) (Sch) :

2/2/87 : Revised to run Stanford Bridge - Eastham - Broadheath - Upper Rochford - Tenbury


Tenbury Wells - Kit Castle (T)

26 October 1986 : Lost to Go Whittle

27 January 1987 : Acquired back from Go Whittle.


The double-run to Sweet Green on 765 (Upper Rochford - Hereford, 1st W of month) was deleted from 2 October 1991. From 28 October 1991, Monday to Friday peak hour journeys on 758 (Tenbury - Eardiston - Worcester, NSu) no longer serve Menithwood. From 21 April 1992, 756 (Menithwood - Tenbury, T) was diverted via Eastham Hall to partially replace 762. From the same date or the next relevant date thereaftre, 761 (Eastham Hall - Upper Rochford - Tenbury, S) was revised to operate as a circular from Tenbury via Newnham Bridge, whilst a 1230 Tuesday only round trip to/from Rochford was added to the 0840 Monday to Friday journey from Rochford on the service. 762 (Eardiston - Stan- ford Bridge - Eastham - Broadheath - Kyre - Tenbury, TS) was diverted via Clifton-on-Teme on Tues- days, replacing 763 (Stanford Bridge - Clifton-on-Teme - Broadheath - Tenbury, T). The timings of 767 (Tenbury Town Services, TS) were amended to fit the new schedules. The peak-hour Eardiston - Tenbury journeys on 758 (Tenbury - Worcester, NSu) were withdrawn after 23 September 1994 without replacement because of low passenger demand. 827 (Eastham - Broadheath - Stoke Bliss - Kyre -Tenbury Wells Schools, Sch) was lost to Primrose from 27 February 1995. 757 (Boraston - Tenbury, T) ceased after operation on 29 August 1995, a victim of cuts in Shropshire C.C.'s budget. 756 (Tenbury - Menithwood,T) was lost to Primrose from 5 September 1995, meaning that 758 (Tenbury - Worcester, NSu) no longer has positioning journeys to and from Menithwood. 763 (Eardiston - Clifton-upon-Teme Bank Street - Tenbury, T) is diverted via Orleton from the same date. The last remnants of an Eardiston - Tenbury M-F peak service on 758 (Tenbury - Worcester, NSu) were withdrawn from 31 August 1996.









Yeomans Canyon Travel (formerly G H Yeomans Motors Ltd) of Hereford :

This is now officially the title of the company, the former G.H. Yeomans Motors company no longer being operational.


Kilpeck - Cobhall Common - Hereford (WS)

26 October 1986 : Withdrawn, replaced by diversion of Martin's service


Woolhope/Holme Lacy - Mordiford - Hereford (NSu)

1 June 1987 : Won by Lugg Valley Motors.


Fownhope - Hereford via Mordiford (Sufton Rise some journeys), Hampton Bishop (M-F)

14/9/87 : Commenced, 2 journeys in competition with Lugg Valley

25/3/88 : Ceased.


Bodenham - Hereford via Englands Gate, Bodenham Moor, Litmarsh, Walkers Green, Small Ashes, Sutton St Nicholas (M-F) Some jnys omit Litmarsh and Walkers Green.:

14/9/87 : Commenced, 2 journeys in competition with Lugg Valley

10/6/88 : Withdrawn


Weobley (Burtonwood) - Credenhill - Hereford (TWF in school terms).

6/6/88 : New service using dead mileage commenced.

6/9/88 : W service withdrawn


Abbeyfields and Hunderton School (Sch)

5 September 1989 : Acquired from Orion Travel


Hereford and Aberystwyth via Leominster, Kington, Rhayader, Llangurig and Ponterwyd (Summer Tuesdays only)

5 June 1990 : Commenced

1991 : Ceased at end of season.


Bodenham - Stoke Prior - Leominster (F)

1 July 1986 : Lost to Hemmings Coachways


Ledbury - Tewkesbury -Cheltenham - London (S) Express

February 1993 : Withdrawn


Kington - Almeley - Hereford (WS)

4/5/88 : Withdrawn, being incorporated into the Kington - Hereford service operated by Sargeant Bros.


33 (Symonds Yat - Ross-on-Wye via Llangrove, Llangarron and Wilton, TThS)

3 October 1994 : Gained from Blue Line

25 February 1995 : Lost to Martins


37 (Tudorville - Ross - Hoarwithy - Hereford, NSu)

1/6/88 : Contractfor off-peak services gained from Smiths Motors

6 April 1991 : Reduced to MWFS only and curtailed to start at Ross. An alternative Thursday service is provided by Blue Line.

10 April 1993 : Won by Phillips


38 Hereford - Much Birch - Peterstow - Ross-on-Wye (Sch)

6/6/88 : New service using dead mileage commenced.

3 September 1990 : Extra NSu service acquired from Smiths Motors following retendering. Consists of extra peak journeys on the otherwise Red and White service. between Ross and Gloucester.

2 January 1991:This NSu poeak service acquired by Blue Line Coach and Taxi

20 September 1993 : Schooldays positioning journeys curtailed to operate from Belmont and return to the Ship Inn only

1997 : No longer operates by this date


39 (Hay-on-Wye to Hereford via Peterchurch and Kingstone)

23 June 1986 : Sch journeys Hereford - Kingstone School commenced

26 September 1994 : Expanded by the addition of one trip in each direction NSu between Peterchurch and Hereford via Kingstone and Clehonger.

3 February 1992 : Journey at 1640 on Schooldays only from Hay to Hereford on this service, otherwise run by Red and White, started.


40 (Hereford - Brecon via Clehonger, Kingstone, Brampton, Madley, Bredwardine, Hay-on-Wye and Talgarth)

28 April 1991 : New Sunday and Bank Holiday service commenced being initially experimental for the summer period. Replaces the Lugg Valley 449 Sunday service between Hereford and Madley.

29 May 1994 : Revised and diverted to run from Madley via Peterchurch rather than Bredwardine to Hay-on-Wye. The revision allows the midday short trip to run to and from Hay-on-Wye rather than Madley.


52 (Llangarron - Llangrove - Symonds Yat - Monmouth, F) W

16 April 1993 : Won from A H Martin and Sons


101 (Credenhill)

23 January 1991 : Acquired with business of Western Coaches

30 April 1991 : Ceased after this date


101 (Hereford - Credenhill, NPESu ev 30 min)

11 August 1997 : Competitive service with Midland Red West commenced


Yeomans Canyon Travel - contd.


102 (Hereford - Bobblestock, NESu)

24 March 1997 : New Hereford city service started in competition with Midland Red West every 30 minutes

27 Nov 1997 : Increased to 15 min frequency (still no service at school peak times).


103 (Hereford - Moor Farm, NESu)

24 March 1997 : New Hereford city service started in competition with Midland Red West every 30 minutes

21 April 1997 : Increased to every 15 minutes

4 September 1997 : All journeys serve Bonington Drive (with service number 103x therefore not being used), although the peak-hour service is deleted.


104 (Hampton Park)

23 January 1991 : Acquired with business of Western Coaches

25 May 1996 : Increased to a 30 minute service


104/105x (Hereford - Tupsley Whittern Way - College Green - Hereford)

17 November 1996 : Pre-Christmas shopping services operated on Wednesday evenings and Sundays until December only


105 (College Green)

23 January 1991 : Acquired with business of Western Coaches

10 September 1996 : Increased to every 30 minutes


108 (Hereford Hopper Bus Station - Bridge Street - Putson) (NESu Hrly)

28 August 1993 : Commenced

29 November 1993 : Route altered. These services no longer operate outward via Widemarsh Street and Broad Street, running via Victoria Street to Bridge Street.

5 April 1994 : Given a double-run to and from the Pastures Estate, on the Hoarwithy Road

10 September 1996 : Increased to every 30 minutes


109 (Hereford Hopper Bus Station - Bridge Street - Redhill) (NESu Hrly)

28 August 1993 : Commenced

29 November 1993 : Route altered. These services no longer operate outward via Widemarsh Street and Broad Street, running via Victoria Street to Bridge Street.

5 April 1994 : One journey in each direction diverted via Pentwyn Court, an old peoples' complex.

10 September 1996 : Cancelled


113 (Hereford - Bobblestock Circular)

2 January 1990 : Revised. Rather than running via Holmer Road the service now operates via Com- mercial Road, Venns Lane and Roman Road to Holmer Cross Roads, then as previously via Bobblestock and Whitecross. Alternate journeys now operate in the opposite direction round the circle.

1 November 1993 : Certain journeys lost to Lugg Valley Motors (operating as service 114).

15 November 1993 : Diverted via College Green instead of Venn's Lane

9 September 1996 : Yeomans journeys lost to Lugg Valley Motors


114 (Hereford - Bobblestock - Holmer - Hereford Circular)

2 January 1996 : Extra journeys introduced running via Venns Lane (previously all Yeomans journeys ran as 113 via College Green) and include some anti-clockwise jour- neys.

9 September 1996 : Yeomans journeys lost to Lugg Valley Motors


116 (Hereford St. Owens Street - Broad Street -Hunderton - Newton Farm - The Oval - Bridge Street - Hereford St. Owens Street) (Hourly Monday to Saturday with gaps at school peak times)

5 July 1993 : Commenced

28 August 1993 : Withdrawn


117 (Hereford Hopper Bus Station - Newton Farm)

23 January 1991 : Acquired with business of Western Coaches

28 August 1993 : Additional hourly journey, diverted via Bridge Street.

5 November 1993 : Journeys previously operated by Phillips Coachways acquired

29 November 1993 : Route altered. These services no longer operate outward via Widemarsh Street and Broad Street, running via Victoria Street to Bridge Street.

25 May 1996 : Rerouted away from Bridge Street.

17 November 1996 : Pre-Christmas shopping services operated on Wednesday evenings and Sundays until December only


119 (Hereford St. Owens Street - Broad Street - Bridge Street - Putson - Redhill - Bridge Street - Hereford St. Owens Street) (Hourly Monday to Saturday with gaps at school peak times)

5 July 1993 : Commenced

28 August 1993 : Withdrawn


402 (Bredwardine - Hay-on-Wye, Th)

5 December 1996 : Withdrawn without replacement.


403 (Eardisley - Hay-on-Wye, Th)

5 December 1996 : Withdrawn without replacement.


Yeomans Canyon Travel - contd.


411 (Hereford - Little Birch - Llanwarne, WS)

26 October 1986 : Extended to Saddlebow Common via Orcop.

2 January 1993 : Curtailed to operate between Hereford and Llanwarne only. The service onwards was replaced by service 412.

22 February 1997 : Lost to Midland Red West


412 (Hereford - Haywood - Much Dewchurch - Wormelow - Orcop Hill - Bagwyllidiart - Garway Common, NSu)

9 November 1985 : Saturday jnys extended back via Broad Oak to start at St Weonards.

1 January 1986 : Lost to A H Martin & Sons

2 January 1993 : Won from Midland Red West and revised substantially. Positioning journeys on this route run direct to Wormelow, then via St Weonards and Broad Oak. Partly replaces the 412-414/416 group of services operated by Midland Red West.

5 September 1996 : Certain WFS journeys diverted via Pentwyn Court

22 February 1997 : Lost to Midland Red West


420 (Hereford - Worcester via Withington, Stoke Lacy, Bromyard, Whitbourne, Broadwas and Rushwick, NSu)

15 September 1997 : New service of two off-peak round trips operating 10 minutes ahead of Midland Red West

17 Nov 1997 : Curtailed at Bromyard, with more journeys being run on the Hereford - Bromyard section.


439 (Hereford - Tillington Common, NSu)

1 April 1986 : Morning peak jny reduced to Sch.

2 September 1991 : Rerouted to operate via Redstone Village, west of Burghill. Most journeys operate a loop at Burghill/Tillington serving Redstone in one direction only.


440 (Hereford - Abbeydore - Longtown, NSu)

20 January 1986 : All jnys diverted via Gilfach

29 July 1987 : All journeys run via Gilfach, W journeys via Kerry's Gate (omitting Abbeydore)

2 January 1993 : Off-peak journeys deviated via Kilpeck. Partly replaces the 412-414/416 group of services operated by Midland Red West.

22 February 1997 : Reduced to School and College Days only


441 (Clodock - Hereford via Longtown, Craswall, Michaelchurch Escley, Bob Shop, Gilfach, Bacton, Cockyard, Thruxton and Allensmore, W) and

2 September 1997 : Lost to Abbey Cars


442 (Hereford - Ewyas Harold - Lower Maescoed, The Bryn, Longtown, Clodock and Pandy - Abergavenny, T)

5 January 1993 : Diverted via Walterstone Common, between Longtown and Pandy. This belatedly replaces a "shared taxi" service operated by Smith of Kilpeck.

22 February 1997 : Curtailed to start at Ewyas Harold

2 September 1997 : Lost to Abbey Cars


444 (Hereford to Breinton via Whitecross, Kings Acre, Swainshill, Breinton Common, Green Lanes, Breinton Turn, Hill Farms back to Hereford) (WF).

22/4/88 : New service commenced following local requests for a service.

2 September 1992 : Reduced to Wednesdays only due to poor patronage.

30 August 1995 : Withdrawn, patronage having fallen too low to justify continuing subsidy.


446 (Hereford - Bishopstone - Eardisley - Almeley, NSu)

6/5/88 : The Kinnersley - Almeley extension of some Friday journeys withdrawn

28 March 1989 : Timetable amended following retendering,

31 August 1996 : Timetable revised. The F off-peak and S morning service now runs Hereford - Staunton-on-Wye only and the W lunch-time journey runs at 1230 rather than 1410, together with other changes.

30 March 1997 : Reduced to school and college days only , with the off-peak services replaced by Browns of Builth Wells and the holidays services replaced by Sargeants Bros.


447/448 Bredwardine - Madley - Hereford (NSu)

26 August 1989 : Revised with changes to the permutations of routes used but no major changes.

3 February 1997 : Early morning service reduced


448 (Hereford - Clehonger - Ruckhall - Madley - Preston-on-Wye - Bredwardine, WFS)

2 January 1993 : Reduced so that Friday journeys no longer extend beyond Madley, and no journeys serve Canon Bridge. In fact, the Friday lunchtime journey is formed by an extension of a journey on 449 (Hereford -Kingstone - Madley) to Eaton Bishop and Ruckhall by request.


449 (Hereford - Madley) (NSu)

15 February 1987 : Additional S evening jny added. Most evg jnys now subsidised and serve Kingstone village.

26 August 1989 : Revised with changes to the permutations of routes used but no major changes.

2 September 1991 : Revised with reduced running times and more journeys running through to Madley.

2 January 1993 : Evening journeys run via the Bull Ring in Kingstone then double-run from Gooses Foot to Kingstone School.

3 February 1997 : Early morning service reduced


453 (Hereford - Mordiford - Fownhope - Woolhope, NSu)

21 April 1992 : Won from Lugg Valley. An off-peak journey in each direction MTThF is diverted via Holme Lacy (served by George Young's or John Speck on other days of the week).

2 January 1993 : Gained Friday and Saturday late evening journeys between Hereford and Fownhope

1 November 1993 : Late Friday evening service withdrawn, leaving only the S evening service.

2 September 1995 : Late evening service withdrawn, with most journeys on the service being diverted via Nover Wood Drive in Fownhope, this being part of a loop with Court Orchard.


Yeomans Canyon Travel - contd.


458 (Fownhope - Holme Lacy - Kings Caple - Ross, Th)

7 September 1995 : Won from Youngs

21 February 1998 : Diverted via Brampton Abbotts to partly replace Smiths 459.


461 (Hereford - Kington, M-F pm pk)

5 April 1994 : Gained from Blue Line

1 April 1986 : Majority of service lost to Sargeant Bros.

6 April 1991 : Single eve pk jny taken over by Blue Line.

13 January 1993 : This operator's remaining journey between Weobley and Hereford, withdrawn

27 February 1995 : M-F evening peak journey gained by Sargeants


472 (Hereford - Canon Frome via Newtown, Upper Egleton, Stretton Grandison), Wednesdays only

6 April 1994 : Commenced

7 September 1994 : Lost to Bromyard Omnibus Company


476 (Hereford -> Ledbury via Bartestree, Tarrington and Trumpet, M-F early)

3 October 1994 : Gained from Blue Line

27 February 1995 :Single early morning M-F journey from Hereford to Ledbury gained from DRM Coaches

27 May 1995 : Early morning journey gained by Smiths Motors in college holidays only

29 January 1996 : Lost to Smiths of Ledbury

22 February 1997 : Gained from Smiths of Ledbury.


501 (Hereford - Leominster, S)

2 April 1994 : Positioning journey now numbered 503, running from Eardisland only.


503 (Leominster - Eardisland - Pembridge - Dilwyn - Westhope - Canon Pyon - Hereford, S)

21 April 1992 : Won from Lugg Valley.

2 April 1994 : Curtailed at Eardisland

22 April 1995 : Replaced by Primrose Motors


807 (Belmont - Aylestone School)

4 September 1995 : Commenced, replacing a former Blue Line service


809 (Hereford Oval - Peterchurch High School, Sch)

4 September 1995 : Commenced, replacing a school contract

4 September 1996 : Diverted via Eaton Bishop


813 (Whitecross Road - Scudamore School, Barton Yard) (Sch)

27 January 1992 : Commenced.

September 1997 : Cancelled


814 (College Green - Holmer School, Sch)

7 April 1997 : Diverted via Bobblestock to incorporate 815


815 (Glenthorne Rd - Holmer School)

23 January 1991 : Acquired with business of Western Coaches

7 April 1997 : Incorporated in 814


816 (Abbeyfields/Newton Farm - Hunderton School)

23 March 1997 : Withdrawn without replacement


821 (Kings Acre - Broadlands School)

23 January 1991 : Acquired with business of Western Coaches


831 (White Horse Street - Aylestone School).

23 January 1991 : Acquired with business of Western Coaches


849 Hereford (Whitecross) - Bridge Street - Grafton - Wormelow - St Weonards (Sch)

6/6/88 : New service using dead mileage commenced.

1997 : No longer operates by this date


920 (Hereford, Sun Valley - Pontrilas - Abergavenny - Pontypool)

8 May 1990 : Made available to the public

20 September 1991 : Cancelled after operation on this date.


921 (Hereford, Sun Valley - Much Dewchurch - Pontrilas - Abergavenny - Tredegar - Nantyglo).

8 May 1990 : Made available to the public

20 September 1991 : Cancelled after operation on this date.


939 (Hereford (Belmont Oval) - Torvale Works via Canon Pyon, Kings Pyon, Weobley, Broxwood, Pembridge) (Wks)

18 May 1987 : Made available to the public. Journey also runs from Hereford Bus Station at 1430F, 1540MTWTh via Canon Pyon, Bush Bank and Pembridge.

18 January 1993 : Curtailed to start from Three Elms only

9 April 1993 : Withdrawn without replacement


Yeomans Canyon Travel - contd.


X1 (Hereford - London via Cheltenham, Daily)

28 October 1991 : New long-distance service commenced, leaving Hereford 0755NSu, 1500Su, call- ing at Ross, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Charlton Kings, Cirencester and South Cerney Camp, then via M4 to Heathrow, Earls Court and Victoria Coach Station. Return from London is 1800NSu, 2000Su.

6 April 1992. Diverted to serve Newent.

29 October 1994 : Withdrawn, being replaced partially by National Express services and partially by Primrose Motors service X1.


X15 Hereford (Bus Station) to Tenby (Upper Park Road) via Willersley, Hay-on-Wye, Brecon, Llandovery and Carmarthen (Summ S).

7/88 : New service commenced running until 1 September 1988

Summer 1994 : Diverted via Saundersfoot

1997 : Withdrawn



X28 (Hereford - Minehead via Ross, Monmouth, Tintern, Weston and Burnham) (Summ S Express)

7 June 1997 : Commenced







George Youngs Coaches of Kempley :


478 (Ledbury - Much Marcle - Checkley - Hereford, W)

5 April 1989 : Acquired from Smiths Motors, following retendering

22 April 1992 : Curtailed to start at Much Marcle from the same date, although it has a small extension from Glebe Orchard.


Much Marcle - Old Gore - Ross-on-Wye (Th)

9 April 1986 : Gained from Dean Forest Coaches

15 May 1986 : Journeys terminating at/double-running to Much Marcle Church extended to/from Glebe Orchard.

6 April 1989?: Lost to Smiths Motors


456 (Much Marcle - Hereford via How Caple, Kings Caple and Fownhope, S)

9 April 1986 : Gained from Dean Forest Coaches

15 May 1986 : Journeys terminating at/double-running to Much Marcle Church extended to/from Glebe Orchard.

8 April 1989 : Rerouted to omit Upton Bishop

25 April 1992 : Acquired by John Speck Coaches


457 (Dymock - Newent - Upton Bishop - Kings Caple - Fownhope - Hereford, W)

22 April 1992 : Diverted via Holme Lacy and Rotherwas, partially replacing Lugg Valley 454.


George Youngs Coaches of Kempley : 456 (Much Marcle - Brampton Abbotts - Kings Caple - Fownhope - Holme Lacy - Hereford, S) was gained from John Speck Coaches from 22 April 1995. 458 (Falcon - Kings Caple - Ross-on-Wye, Th) was extended back to start at Fownhope from 27 April 1995. George Youngs Coaches of Kempley : 458 (Fownhope - Ross, Th) was lost to Yeomans Canyon Travel from 7 September 1995. George Young's Coaches of Dymock : 674 (Old Colwall - Wellington Heath - Ledbury John Masefield School) is a new Schooldays service from 26 February 1996 replacing the diversion of Newbury 675 from Malvern. George Youngs Coaches of Dymock : Summer Sunday and Bank Holiday service 234 (Worcester - Monmouth) has been gained by this operator for the new season, and recommenced on 26 May 1996. The service runs via Malvern Link, Barnards Green, Great Malvern, Malvern Wells, Ledbury, Hereford to Monmouth, then continuing to Ross-on-Wye via Whitchurch, Goodrich and Walford, with 1 round trip and two additional Monmouth - Ross short-work- ings. Youngs of Dymock : 35 (John Kyrle High School - Roman Way, Sch) was gained from Smiths with effect from 10 February 1997, but 674 (Storridge - Mathon - Old Colwall - Wellington Heath - Ledbury, Sch) was lost to Newbury Coaches in January 1997. George Youngs Coaches of Kempley : 677 (Much Marcle - Gloucester via Kempley Greeb, Newent, Glasshouse and Huntley, TF) was ac- quired from Tudor Coaches with effect from 7 October 1997. The Ledbury - Much Marcle leg is discon- tinued.





George Youngs Coaches of Dymock : 66 (Newent - Aston Ingham - Bromsash - Rudhall - Ross-on- Wye, Th) was gained from David Field from 5 September 1996.

George Youngs Coaches : 234 (Worcester - Monmouth - Ross, Summ SuBH) ceased after operation on 29 September 1996. George Youngs Coaches of Kempley : 479 (Pool End - Ledbury via Putley, Rushall and Much Marcle, TS), 670 (Sledge Green - Ledbury via Pendock, Rye Cross and Eastnor, F) and 671 (Eldersfield - Ledbury via Pendock, Rye Cross and Eastnor, T) were gained from Tudor Coaches, who had terminated the contracts prematurely, from 11 April 1997. George Young's Coaches of Kempley : 21 February 1998 : 389 (Tewkesbury Circular via Sledge Green, Birtsmorton, Longdon, Chaceley, Forthampton and Bushley, WS) gained from Boomerang.





Your Bus (Smiths) of Alcester :


53Y (Alcester - Maypole - Pool Farm - Birmingham, NSu)

22 February 1993 : Alternate journeys omit Manningford Road and Pennyacre Road. Your Bus (Smiths of Shenington) : 218 (Stratford - Evesham, M-F) was withdrawn after 21 December 1993 and the return journey was taken over by Stratford Blue. Your Bus (Smiths of Tysoe) of Alcester : 53Y (Alcester - Druids Heath - Birmingham, NESu) was amended from 18 April 1994, all except some posi- tioning journeys running to and from Cotteridge rather than Druids Heath. Your Bus (Smiths Coaches (Shenington) Ltd.) : As a consequence of the closure of the Alcester garage, the extensions beyond Druids Heath of 50Y (Alcester - Druids Heath - Birmingham) were reduced to one peak journey in each direction Monday to Friday plus one Birmingham to Portway evening peak journey from 5 September 1994. 53Y now operates solely within the Centro area. Your Bus (Smiths Coaches Shenington) of Birmingham : The afternoon journey on 50Y (Birmingham - Alcester) was retimed 1 minute later from 10 July 1995. This important change, not widely publicised by Hereford and Worcester County Coun- cil, has just come to my notice. Your Bus (Smiths) of Birmingham : The 1800 journey on service 50Y from Birmingham to Inkford Brook was diverted via Wythall Station, replacing a Midland Red West jour- ney, from 2

January 1996. WM Your Bus (Smiths Coaches (Shenington) Ltd.) : 50Y (Alcester - Bir- mingham, M-F pks) was reduced to one evening peak journey from Birmingham to Inkford Brook from 1 July 1996. Midland Red West are providing a replacement subsidised service 168 from Alcester to Bransons Cross, connecting there with their service 178.