First Somerset & Avon Ltd provides bus services in Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and West Wiltshire. It is part of First Group. First Somerset & Avon operates an extensive network of services in and around Bath, Bridgwater, Bristol, Taunton, Trowbridge, Wells, Weston-super-Mare and Yeovil.
The company combines the former operations of Badgerline, acquired by First Group in 1995, and the Somerset operations of Southern National, acquired in 1999. Badgerline was formed from the southern area operations of the Bristol Omnibus Company in 1985 and privatised in 1986. Southern National was split off in 1983 from Western National (then part of the National Bus Company) and privatised in 1988.
Badgerline Ltd continued as the legal name of the operator of First Somerset & Avon services until 2001, when First Group changed the legal structure of some of its bus operating subsidiaries. The legal entity which had been Badgerline Ltd changed its name to First City Line Ltd and became the operator of Bristol city services (now First Bristol Ltd). The legal entity which had been First Bristol Buses Ltd (which had previously been Bristol Omnibus Company, incorporated in 1887) changed its name in 2003 to First Somerset & Avon Ltd and became the operator of Bristol country, and the Somerset and West Wiltshire services previously operated by First Southern National.
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