Greyhound Motors

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This article is about the English bus and coach company operating between 1921 and 1972. For other Greyhound bus and coach companies, see Greyhound (disambiguation).
Greyhound Motors
Bristol Greyhound bus 2150 (FHW 156D), 2011 Bristol Vintage Bus Group open day.jpg
Preserved Bristol MW6G in Bristol in August 2011
Parent Bristol Omnibus Company
Founded 1921
Ceased operation 1972
Headquarters Bristol
Service area Bristol
London
Bournemouth
Paignton
Service type Bus and long distance coach operator
Hubs Prince Street (until 1958)
Bristol Bus Station (from 1958)

Greyhound Motors, later known as Bristol Greyhound, was an English bus and coach company based in Bristol.

History[edit]

Greyhound Motors was formed in February 1921 by Sydney Tom Toogood[citation needed] to operate motor buses in Bristol.

In February 1925, it commenced a long-distance coach service between Bristol and London, which has been claimed to be the first long-distance coach service with scheduled stops en route to pick up and set down passengers.[1][2] The journey time was eight hours.[3][4]It later began services from Bristol to Bournemouth and Paignton, and from London to Bournemouth.[5] It also continued to run local bus services in Bristol, competing fiercely with Bristol Tramways.

In 1928, the company was acquired by Bristol Tramways. Greyhound continued to operate as a separate business, including its bus routes in Bristol until 1936.[6][7] The new owners expanded the Greyhound coach operations. In 1934 it was one of the founder members of the Associated Motorways consortium of long-distance coach operators, but continued the London service outside the consortium.

At the beginning of 1936, the company's business was absorbed into Bristol Tramways. Bristol Omnibus Company continued to use the Greyhound name for its long-distance coach services until 1972, when the National Bus Company required Bristol to adopt the new National Express brand.[8]

Shortly before its demise, on 9 January 1972 Greyhound Motors commenced operating an express Bristol to London service via the new M4 motorway.[9]

Revival of the name[edit]

In August 2009, FirstGroup who had owned the former Bristol Omnibus Company since April 1988, announced the reintroduction of the Greyhound brand in the United Kingdom.[10] The new Greyhound UK was a byproduct of FirstGroup purchasing the Greyhound Lines business in the United States in February 2007.[11] Greyhound UK does serve Bristol with a Swansea to Bristol Airport service.[12]

External links[edit]

Media related to Bristol Greyhound (bus company) at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hibbs, J (1986) The Country Bus David & Charles, p.100
  2. ^ Clever Organisation of Long-Distance Operation Commercial Motor 16 December 1932 page 99
  3. ^ Inaugurating the Longest Bus Service Commercial Motor 17 February 1925 page 12
  4. ^ Improvng a Long-Distance Bus Service Commercial Motor 6 April 1926 page 6
  5. ^ The New Competition on the London-Bournemouth Route Commercial Motor 17 March 1931 page 131
  6. ^ Greyhound Motors Liquidated Commercial Motor 10 January 1936 page 61
  7. ^ "Bus and tram routes in 1933". Bristol Vintage Bus Group. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Curtis, C and Walker, M (2007) Bristol Omnibus Services: The Green Years Millstream Books ISBN 978-0-948975-80-6 p.156
  9. ^ Non-stop motorway express by Greyhound Commercial Motor 7 January 1972 page 15
  10. ^ FirstGroup launch Greyhound bus service The Guardian 19 August 2009
  11. ^ FirstGroup buys Greyhound buses BBC News 9 February 2007
  12. ^ Greyhound speeds airport link to Bristol Bus & Coach 6 May 2014

Further reading[edit]

  • Hulin, P (1974) Bristol's Buses Published by the author
  • Healey, K (2002) Associated Motorways Venture Publications ISBN 1-898432-57-0