Damory Coaches

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Damory Coaches
DamoryLogo.svg
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Leyland Olympian in April 2010
Slogan Dorset's great local bus company
Parent Go South Coast (part of the Go-Ahead Group)
Founded 1970
Headquarters Blandford Forum
Service area Dorset
Alliance Wilts & Dorset
Fleet 65 (May 2011)
Chief executive Andrew Wickham
Website www.damory.co.uk

Damory Coaches[1] is a bus and coach operator based in Blandford Forum in Dorset, England. It is a subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group.

History[edit]

Damory Coaches was established by service station proprietor Vic Kimber in the early 1970s in Blandford Forum. It was named after the neighbouring pub, the Damory Inn.[2] Starting with minibuses the fleet was built up to six coaches operating private and school contract services. A depot was built in Blandford Heights. A weekly service operated from Pimperne to Blandford.[3]

In May 1993 the business was sold to Wilts & Dorset. In November 1993 the businesses of Oakfield Travel[2] and Stanbridge & Crichel Bus Company[4] were purchased followed in January 1994 by Blandford Bus Company.[3]

Damory Coaches was included in the August 2003 sale of Wilts & Dorset to the Go-Ahead Group.[5] It is now part of Go South Coast.

Operations[edit]

Damory Coaches primarily operates school bus services. In October 2013 it commenced operating the Rossmore Flyer from Alderney to Upper Parkstone, now cascaded into routes 7A, 7B and 7C.[6]

Fleet[edit]

Damory was well known for its fleet of Bristol VRs the last being withdrawn in 2009. As at May 2011 the fleet consisted of 65 buses and coaches.[7] Much of the fleet has cascaded from Southern Vectis and Wilts & Dorset.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 2752603 Hants & Dorset Motor Services Limited
  2. ^ a b Oakfield Travel Countrybus
  3. ^ a b Damory Coaches Collins Place
  4. ^ Stanbridge & Crichel Bus Company Countrybus
  5. ^ Bus buy for Go-Ahead The Guardian 12 August 2003
  6. ^ Damory to operate Rossmore Flyer More 11 October 2013
  7. ^ Damory Coaches

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