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Bus is a shortened version of the Latin word “omnibus”. The first horse-drawn omnibus service was started in the French city of Nantes in 1823 and introduced in Paris in 1828 and London in 1829. In 1833, the first steam driven omnibus service was introduced in London but the heavy road tolls imposed by the turnpike trusts discouraged steam road vehicles and horse buses continued for many years.

 

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 The trolley bus was invented in Germany in 1882, using an electric motor fed by overhead electric lines. The first cities in the UK to use them were Leeds and Bradford in 1911.

 

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The internal combustion omnibus was invented in Germany in 1895 and its first use in the UK was in the rural area around Llandudno in Wales in 1898.

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Timeline of Midland Red Buses

1896 - the Birmingham General Omnibus Company acquired a number of horse bus operations in Birmingham.

 

1899 - they were taken over by the British Electric Traction Company, who ordered new buses and painted them red.

 

1902 -  they took over the City of Birmingham Tramways Company.

 

1904 – they took over the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Company.

 

1912 - the company bought some petrol-electric buses.

 

1913 -  only 17 horse buses remained.

 

1919 - the company soon acquired the nickname Midland Red. They began to expand their operations outside Birmingham and soon offered services in Shropshire.  Depots were opened in

 

Bishops Castle

Bridgnorth

Hopton Heath

Ludlow

Shrewsbury

Wellington.

 

1930 - the Great Western Railway and the London Midland & Scottish Railway acquired 50% of the company. The few GWR bus services in the area were transferred to Midland Red. 

 

1947 - when the railways were nationalised, Midland Red became 50% state-owned.

 

1968 – the rest of its UK bus interests were sold to the government and it became the largest subsidiary of the National Bus Company.

 

1973 - the garages and routes within the West Midlands county were transferred to the control of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority, leaving Midland Red with country and local routes including in Shropshire.

 

1977 - the company was rebranded into local area names

Hotspur - Shrewsbury & Ludlow

Tellus – Telford.

 

1981 - Midland Red was split into six new companies, with the new Midland Red North operating in Shropshire, South Staffordshire and northern West Midlands.

 

1988 - as part of the privatisation of the National Bus Company, the company was sold to the Drawlane Transport Group.

 

1992 – the company it was sold to British Bus.

 

1996 – the company was sold to the Cowie Group.

 

1997 – the company changed its name to Arriva Midlands.

 

Inspired by the success of Midland Red buses, a number of small operators were set up in the 1920s to offer services between Wellington and Donnington. They formed a group called the Shropshire Omnibus Association (see website for more details). A rota was agreed whereby they all had a fair share of the routes and times, with fares being standardised. The operators were

 

E Evason & Son - Wellington

F Priest – Trench

F H Davies – St Georges

G Cooper - Oakengates

H Brown & Sons – Donnington Wood

J Guy – Ketley Bank

J Jervis – Wellington

J Jones & Sons – Oakengates

J Williams – Wrockwardine Wood

J E Lowe & Sons – Trench

J & W Jackson - Ketley

Mrs A Martlew – Donnington Wood

R A & M A Price – Wrockwardine Wood

T Brown – Trench

T G Smith – Trench

W Bircher – Hadley

W Hoggins & Sons – Wrockwardine Wood

W Smith – Donnington Wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shropshire Bus & Coach Companies

 

Arrivabus Midlands

 

Boultons

 

Caradoc Coaches

 

Elcock Reisen

 

Lakeside Coaches

 

Longmynd Travel

 

M & J Travel

 

Minsterley Motors

 

Owen’s Travel

 

RB Travel

 

Regional Transport

 

Tanat Valley Coaches

 

Shropshire Hills Shuttle

 

Shropshire Bus Routes

No

Operator

From

To

Via

1

Arriva Midlands

Gains Park (Shrewsbury)

Abbotts Green (Shrewsbury)

Copthorne, Frankwell, Shrewsbury Town Centre, Monkmoor

2

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Ditherington

Castle Fields

2
2A

Arriva Midlands

Oswestry

Wrexham

Weston Rhyn (2A), Gobowen (2), Chirk, Ruabon

8

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Sutton Farm

Abbey Foregate

12

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Kingswood Estate (Shrewsbury)

Radbrook, Copthorne

20

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Radbrook Green

Porthill, Radbrook

21

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Reabrook

Old Potts Way

23

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Monkmoor

Abbey Foregate, Belvidere

24

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Harlescott

Ditherington, Sundorne Grove

25

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Harlescott

Ditherington, Mount Pleasant, Harlescott Grange

26

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Meole Village

Longden Coleham

27

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Bayston Hill

Belle Vue, Meole Brace

53
63

Arriva Midlands

Oswestry

Ellesmere

Park Hall, Gobowen, St Martins, Dudleston Heath

64

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Market Drayton

Shawbury

70

Arriva Midlands

Oswestry

Shrewsbury

Whittington, West Felton, Nesscliffe, Montford Bridge

71

Owen's Travel

Oswestry

Welshpool

Morda, Llanymynech, Four Crosses, Guilsfield

72

Tanat Valley Coaches

Oswestry

Llanfyllin

Morda, Llanymynech, Llanfechain

72

GHA Coaches

Nantwich

Whitchurch

Wrenbury

73

Tanat Valley Coaches

Oswestry

Llanfair Caereinion

Morda, Llanymynech, Meifod

73

GHA Coaches

Whitchurch

Nantwich

Audlem

74

Tanat Valley Coaches

Shrewsbury

Llanfyllin

Ford, Crewgreen, Four Crosses, Llanymynech, Llanfechain

75

GHA Coaches

Market Drayton

Nantwich

Audlem

78

Tanat Valley Coaches

Oswestry - Llansilin circular

Rhydycroesau, Llawnt

79
79A

Tanat Valley Coaches

Oswestry

Llangynog

Trefonen (79A), Treflach (79A), Morda (79), Llynclys (79), Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Pedairffordd

81

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Telford

Abbey Foregate, London Road, Atcham, Wellington

88

Arriva Midlands

Much Wenlock

Telford

Broseley, Coalbrookdale

96

GHA Coaches

Bryn Melyn

Shrewsbury

Telford

Atcham, Ironbridge, Madeley

99
99A

Arriva Midlands

Bridgnorth

Telford

Broseley, Ironbridge, Madeley

101

Arriva Midlands

Bridgnorth Sydney Cottage Drive PO

Bridgnorth Grove Estate Oaklands

HIgh Street-Harp Inn & Stourbridge Road-Aldi

Bridgnorth Grove Estate Oaklands

Bridgnorth Sydney Cottage Drive PO

Low Town-Falcon Hotel, Severn Valley Railway & Old Smithfield-Sainsburys

146

GHA Coaches

Whitchurch

Wrexham

Bronington, Hanmer, Penley, Overton, Bangor-on-Dee, Marchwiel

141

R&B Travel

Bridgnorth

Ludlow

Middleton

164

Arriva Midlands

Wardle Transport

Market Drayton

Hanley

Ashley, Newcastle-under-Lyme

208
209

Shropshire Bus and Coach

Ellesmere Town Services

292

Diamond Buses

Ludlow

Kidderminster

Clee Hill, Cleobury Mortimer, Bewdley

401
402
403
404
405

Arriva Midlands, Tanat Valley Coaches

Oswestry Town Services

409

National Express

London

Aberystwyth

Birmingham, Telford, Shrewsbury, Welshpool, Newtown, Llanidloes

418

National Express

London

Wrexham

Birmingham, Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Llangollen

435

Minsterley Motors

Shrewsbury

Ludlow

Condover, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Bromfield

436

GHA Coaches

Shrewsbury

Bridgnorth

Cressage, Cross Houses, Much Wenlock, Harley

449

Tanat Valley Coaches

Arriva Midlands

Oswestry

Ellesmere

Whittington

490

Lugg Valley Travel

Ludlow

Leominster

Orleton

501

Bryn Melyn

Shrewsbury

Ellesmere

Battlefield Enterprise Park, Harmer Hill, Myddle, Cockshutt

502

Bryn Melyn

Ellesmere

Wrexham

Dudleston Heath, St Martins, Chirk, Ruabon

511

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Whitchurch

Hadnall, Wem, Prees, Tilstock

519

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Newport

Roden, High Ercall, Crudgington, Edgmond

524

Arriva Midlands, Boultons

Shrewsbury

Rodington

Upton Magna

540

Boultons

Shrewsbury

Cardington

Frodesley, Longnor, Acton Burnell, Church Stretton, Wall-under-Heywood

544

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Lyth Hill

Longden Coleham, Meole Brace, Bayston Hill

546

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Pulverbatch

Longden Coleham, Hook-a-Gate, Annscroft, Longden, Longden Common

552

Minsterley Motors

Shrewsbury

Stiperstones

Hanwood, Pontesford, Pontesbury, Minsterley, Snailbeach

553

Minsterley Motors

Shrewsbury

Bishops Castle

Hanwood, Pontesford, Pontesbury, Minsterley, Hope, Lydham

558

Tanat Valley Coaches

Shrewsbury

Montgomery

Yockleton, Westbury, Worthen, Chirbury

576

Bryn Melyn

Oswestry

Shrewsbury

Maesbury, Knockin, Kinnerley, Ruyton XI Towns, Baschurch, Bomere Heath

701
722

723

Minsterley Motors

R&B Travel

Ludlow Town Services/Park & Ride

Ludlow to Coreley via Clee Hill, Farden and Knowle

738
740

Arriva Midlands

Ludlow

Knighton

Bromfield, Leintwardine, Bucknell

745

M&J Travel

Minsterley Motors

Pontesbury (Bishops Castle)

Ludlow

Minsterley, Hope, Lydham, Bishops Castle, Clun, Lydbury North, Onibury, Craven Arms, Bromfield

775

Minsterley Motors

Pontesbury

Newtown

Minsterley, Hope, Lydham, Bishops Castle, Churchstoke, Kerry

890

Arriva Midlands

Bridgnorth

Wolverhampton

Worfield, Shipley

X3

Tanat Valley Coaches

Shrewsbury

Newtown

Middletown, Buttington, Welshpool, Berriew, Abermule

X5

Arriva Midlands

Shrewsbury

Telford

Abbey Foregate, London Road

X11

Roy Browns

Ludlow

Builth Wells

Knighton, Presteigne

X75

Celtic Travel

Shrewsbury

Rhayader

Middletown, Buttington, Welshpool, Berriew, Abermule, Newtown, Caersws, Llandinam, Llanidloes, Llangurig

Harlescott P&R

Arriva Midlands

Harlescott P&R

Shrewsbury Town Centre

Meole Brace P&R

Arriva Midlands

Meole Brace P&R

Shrewsbury Town Centre

Old Potts Way (Cineworld)

Oxon P&R

Arriva Midlands

Oxon P&R

Shrewsbury Town Centre