Capital Logistics

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Capital Logistics
Founded August 1997
Ceased operation June 1999
Service area London
Service type Bus & coach operator

Capital Logistics[1] was a bus and coach operator in London.

History[edit]

Capital Logistics was formed in August 1997 following the merger of Whyte's Airport Services[2] and Capital Coaches the previous April.[3]

It operated a variety of coach and contract services around London Heathrow Airport, and some London Regional Transport services, including route H26 Hoppa minibus service. This route used Mercedes-Benz 709D minibuses fitted with wheelchair lifts and was supported by Hounslow Council.[4]

In September 1998, Capital Logistics was due to take over route 60. Problems with delivery of buses meant that the company could not start the contract on time, and the route was temporarily operated by no less than eight different operators on an ad hoc basis, with double sub-contracting.[5][6]

On 11 March 1999, Capital was able to operate the route with 16 DAF DB250s, six with Optare Spectra bodywork and 10 with Plaxton President bodywork.[7] Some buses ran with Capital Connections branding.

Capital Logistics also operated Connections branded Optare Excels on route U3 and the ex Green Line route 726 gained from London Coaches, replacing the Ikarus 480-bodied DAF SB220s initially used.

Capital Logistics was sold to Tellings Golden Miller on 1 June 1999. In April 2000 AirLinks acquired the airport coach business.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 749548 TGM Logistics Limited formerly Capital Logistics Limited formerly Capital Coaches Limited
  2. ^ Companies House extract company no 864321 Whyte's Airport Services Limited
  3. ^ London Bus Routes - Route H26
  4. ^ Mercedes-Benz Beavers Country Bus
  5. ^ London Bus Routes - Route 60
  6. ^ Millar, Alan (May 1999). "Route 60: the highs and lows of a London fiasco". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (530): 32–33. 
  7. ^ Aldridge, John (June 1999). "Presidents help stabilise route 60". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (531): 12. 
  8. ^ Review of Operations - Coaches National Express 2000

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