Greyhound Motors, or Bristol Greyhound, was a coach company formed in February 1921 - by a Bristolian entrepreneur Sydney Tom Toogood Template:FACT - FAMILY HISTORY - to operate motor coaches from its base in Bristol, England.
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. It later began services from Bristol to Bournemouth and Paignton. It also ran 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, and expanded its 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.
Revival of the name
In August 2009 the FirstGroup, now the owners of the former Bristol Omnibus Company, announced the introduction of the Greyhound brand in the United Kingdom. However, the new Greyhound was an introduction of the brand from Greyhound Lines in the United States, also now owned by FirstGroup, which had started to use the name and logo some years after the English company.
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