Scania OmniDekka in April 2008
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Network Colchester's origins can be traced to 1904 with the establishment of Colchester Corporation Tramways, operating at its peak, four routes and 18 trams. Bus operation commenced in 1928 as Colchester Corporation Transport to replace the trams. To comply with the Transport Act 1985 in 1986 the assets were transferred to a new legal entity, Colchester Borough Transport.
In 1993, during a bus war with Eastern National, the company was sold to British Bus for £1, but the new owners took on considerable debts. After discussions the bus war ended in 1994 with a share out of routes between the two companies. In August 1996 British Bus was purchased by the Cowie Group, which in November 1997 was renamed Arriva, with Colchester Borough Transport being rebranded as Arriva Colchester. The tuscan red and cream livery was replaced by Arriva corporate colours. Profits did not improve and in 2004 the company was sold to Tellings-Golden Miller, placed under the control of Burton's Coaches and rebranded as Network Colchester.
In 2008 Tellings-Golden Miller was sold to Arriva resulting in it once again owning the Colchester services. It continues to trade as Network Colchester. In early 2010 the Burton's Coaches business was sold to Yellow Star Travel Services in a management buy out but ownership of Network Colchester remained with the Tellings-Golden Miller.
The depot was at Magdalen Street, Colchester until March 2008 when relocated to expanded premises at Heath Business Park, Grange Way in the Old Heath district of Colchester. The Magdalen street depot is now used by First Essex.
- Companies House extract company no 3506989 Network Colchester Limited formerly Burton's Coaches Limited
- Companies House extract company no 1996370 Arriva Colchester Limited formerly Colchester Borough Transport Limited
- Arriva to acquire Tellings busandcoach.com 20 December 2007
- Arriva plc offer for TGM Group plc Arriva 20 December 2007
- Companies House extract company no 7019106 Yellow Star Travel Services Limited
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