Quantock Motor Services

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Quantock Motor Services
Quantock Motor Services VDV752 and L618TDY.jpg
Heritage Bristol LDL6G & Volvo B10M service bus at Bishops Lydeard depot in August 2012
Parent Stephen Morris
Founded 2001
Headquarters Bishops Lydeard
Service area Somerset
Service type Bus & coach services
Hubs Minehead
Fleet 15 (October 2013)
Chief executive Stephen Morris
Website www.quantockheritage.com

Quantock Motor Services[1] is a privately owned bus operator in Bishops Lydeard, Somerset, England operating a small number of bus services around Minehead and Taunton under contract to Somerset County Council, and one commercial route and rural tourist bus services around Exmoor. Much of its work is coach trips as well as private hire and school contracts. The company also operates a substantial heritage fleet for private hire and on route 400.


Coach fleet at Bishops Lydeard depot in September 2012
Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 in Minehead in October 2010

Rexquote, a transport engineering business in Bishops Lydeard, operated a fleet of old buses under the name of Rexquote Heritage. As well as private hire, some regular circular tourist routes were advertised. One such was between Weston-super-Mare, Sand Bay and nearby tourist attractions in the summer of 2000.[2] In 2002 the Exmoor Explorer circular service was started from Minehead.[3][4]

In 2001 Rexquote established a new Quantock Motor Services operation. It was initially based in Ilfracombe, with three vehicles to operate schools contracts and a service from Combe Martin to Barnstaple.[5]


As of October 2013 nine services are operated:[6]

Service 300[edit]

The 'Exmoor Coastal Link' appeared in April 2008 in the Daily Telegraph list of the 20 best bus routes in England for over 60s to use free their bus passes.[7] In 2010 it featured on a local BBC programme that featured "great South West journeys".[8]

The regular vehicle for many years was a East Lancashire bodied Scania N94UD open top bus. After the 2012 season this was sold and replaced with a single-deck open top Alexander PS bodied Volvo B10M.[9]

Service 400[edit]

Until 2011 the service 400 'Exmoor Explorer' operated a circular tour from Minehead to Dunster, Timberscombe, Wheddon Cross, Exford and Porlock. Operated by heritage open top buses, it only ran on selected days during the summer but was withdrawn after Somerset County Council funding was withdrawn. It had been a recommended route in Scenic Britain by Bus.[10]


During 2010 the depot was relocated from Norton Fitzwarren, to a facility next door to Bishops Lydeard railway station on the heritage West Somerset Railway.[11] Heritage vehicles undergoing restoration are at an outstation in Langley Marsh, Wiveliscombe.[12]


As at October 2013 Quantock Motor Services operate 15 modern vehicles painted in a red livery.[13] A new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 was purchased in 2010 for new contracts.[14]

Heritage vehicles[edit]

A number of older vehicles are operated by Quantock Motor Services, although not all are licenced for paid operations.

Registration Type Chassis Body Built Comments
701 AEH[15] Open top Leyland PD3 Northern Counties Undergoing restoration. Bishops Lydeard - PMT 701 (701AEH) awaiting restoration.jpg
851 FNN[16] Double deck AEC Regent V Northern Counties 1960 Barton 851, an unusual full-fronted lowbridge design. Not in service. Norton Fitzwarren - Barton 851 (851FNN).jpg
ABV 43D[17] Double deck Leyland PD2 East Lancashire 1964 Blackburn Corporation 43. In service. Taunton Castle Green - Blackburn 43 (ABV43B).jpg
ACH 441[17] Single deck AEC Regal Windover 1949 Originally Trent 611, but currently in the livery of Burton's of Alfreton. In service. Bishops Lydeard ACH441.jpg
CCX 777[16] Double deck Daimler Duple 1945 Built to wartime austerity specification for Huddersfield Joint Omnibus services. Currently in London Transport colours. Not in service. Taunton Castle Green - London Transport D130 (CXX777).jpg
DPV 65D[18] Double deck AEC Regent V East Lancashire 1966 Ipswich Corporation 65. Advertised for sale. Taunton station - Ipswich 65 (DPV65D) beside old hotel.jpg
EVD 406[18] Double deck Crossley Charles H. Roe 1949 Originally with an Airdrie operator but later with Woods of Mirfeld, whose livery it now carries. Advertised for sale. Taunton station - J Wood 20 (EVD406).jpg
GNH 258F[17][18] Double deck Daimler CV Charles H. Roe 1967 Northampton Corporation. In service but advertised for sale. Norton Fitzwarren - Northampton 258 (GNH258F).jpg
HJA 965E[17] Double deck Leyland PD2 Neepsend 1962 Stockport Corporation 65. Available for hire. Bishops Lydeard HJA965E.jpg
JFM 575[16] Single deck AEC Regal Strachan 1948 Crosville Motor Services TA5. Not in service. Taunton Castle Way - Crosville TA5 (JFM575).jpg
JLJ 401[17] Single deck Leyland Tiger PS2 Burlingham 1949 Bournemouth Transport coach. In service. Holman Clavel - Bournemouth 44 (JLJ401).jpg
LJH 665[18] Single deck Dennis Lancet III Duple 1949 Formley with Lee of Barnet. Not in service; advertised for sale. Bishops Lydeard LJH665.jpg
VDV 752[17] Open top Bristol LDL6G ECW 1957 Formerly Western National 1935, converted to open top in 1972 and named Admiral Boscawen. In service. Minehead Western National 1935.jpg
VDV 753[17] Open top Bristol LDL6G ECW 1957 Formerly Western National 1936, converted to open top in 1972 and named Sir Humphry Davy. In service. Minehead Western National 1936.jpg

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 4997048 Quantock Motor Services Limited
  2. ^ Lidstone, John G (July 2000). "Fleet News". Buses (Ian Allan) 52 (544): 54. ISSN 0007-6392. 
  3. ^ Lidstone, John G (October 2002). "Fleet News". Buses (Ian Allan) 54 (571): 48. ISSN 0007-6392. 
  4. ^ Lamb, Philip (October 2002). "Lodekkas on Exmoor". Bus & Coach Preservation (Ian Allan) 5 (5): 28–29. ISSN 1462-1886. 
  5. ^ Lidstone, John G (February 2002). "Fleet News". Buses (Ian Allan) 54 (563): 48. ISSN 0007-6392. 
  6. ^ "Scheduled services". Quantock Motor Services. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  7. ^ Free bus pass: 20 great bus routes Daily Telegraph 5 April 2008
  8. ^ "Open-top bus journey to Lynmouth". BBC. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Lidstone, John G (June 2013). "Fleet News". Buses (Key Publishing): 74. ISSN 0007-6392. 
  10. ^ "Scenic Britain by Bus". Transport Marketing. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "QMS moves to new location". Quantock Motor Services. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "QMS Bus Rallies". Quantock Motor Services. 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Our modern fleet". Quantock Motor Services. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  14. ^ "New Enviro200 for Quantock Motor Services". Alexander Dennis. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  15. ^ "Somerset". The Open Top Bus Site. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  16. ^ a b c Taunton Vintage Bus Display and Running Day. Taunton Historic Bus Group. 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "Our heritage fleet". Quantock Motor Services. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Heritage vehicles for sale". Quantock Motor Services. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 

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