Jolly Bus

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The Jolly Bus was the colloquial term for buses that ran on the scheduled service operated by the W.H. Jolly Company, an independent bus company based in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, England. The Jolly Bus would run from Sunderland town centre (map) to Evesham (map) and Claxheugh Road (map) in South Hylton.

The Jolly Bus "trademark" features were both the colour, cream with a brown stripe, and the rear seat, made of varnished wooden slats. W. H. Jolly also ran a small number of coaches.

Pressure from other services after dereugulation, coupled with the announcement of the Tyne & Wear Metro extension to Sunderland and South Hylton caused the company to close in 1995.

After the company closed the buses were sold to other companies. It is believed that KTY 23X was sold to Emsworth & District Motor Services before being donated to Asia Bus Response, as a response to the Tsunami Disaster of 26 December 2004. BGR 683W and BGR 684W were sold to Minsterley Motors and BGR 864W operated until at least 2006 as a school bus, when it was cited with safety issues[1] operating as a School Bus for Mary Webb School in Pontesbury. Mr Darren Parker Dix now owns the last remaining Jolly bus in England and is restoring it to original condition in the Sunderland area.


  1. ^ Minutes of Shropshire Council Joint Children & Environment School Transport Service Scrutiny panel meeting on 20070222 at 17:30hrs [1]

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