British Bus

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Parent Dawson Williams
Founded 1 November 1992
Ceased operation 1 August 1996
Headquarters Salisbury

British Bus[1] was a bus group in the United Kingdom. It was sold to the Cowie Group in August 1996.


British Bus was founded in November 1992 when the Drawlane Transport Group[2] split its bus interests from its National Express in the lead up to the stock market listing of the latter.[3][4] British Bus's owner had proposed floating the company on the stock exchange, however this was cancelled and the business sold to the Cowie Group in August 1996.[5][6]

At the time of the sale British Bus owned:[7]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 1946383 British Bus Limited formerly British Bus plc
  2. ^ Companies House extract company no 2756785 Burroughs Hill Limited formerly Drawlane Transport Group plc
  3. ^ 6m payment renews fat-cat row The Independent 27 November 1995
  4. ^ British Bus Takeover of Arrowline Cleared by MMC Local Government Chronicle 8 March 1996
  5. ^ Cowie Group plc and British Bus Group Limited: A report on the merger situation Competition Commission 31 October 1996
  6. ^ Midland Red History: Timeline Menu
  7. ^ Principal operating subsidiaries of British Bus Competition Commission 1997

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