South Wales Transport

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South Wales Transport
South Wales buses (1980).jpg
Willowbrook bodied AEC Regent Vs in Haverfordwest October 1980
Parent National Bus Company
Founded 2 May 1914
Service area South Wales
Service type Bus operator

South Wales Transport[1] was a bus company that operated services in South Wales centred on Swansea and West Wales.

History[edit]

Willowbrook bodied Ford outside Swansea station on as part of NBC in June 1980
Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart bus on a First Cymru service in 2000

South Wales Transport commenced operating on 2 May 1914 in Swansea. It operated bus services that connected with the Swansea Improvements and Tramway Company. It was owned by British Electric Traction. In 1937, buses replaced the trams.[2]

In 1958, South Wales Transport bought the Swansea and Mumbles Railway which was an electric tram service between Swansea and Mumbles which closed in 1960.

On 1 January 1969, it became part of the National Bus Company. In May 1987, during the privatisation of the National Bus Company, South Wales Transport was sold to a management buy out.[3] It was resold to Badgerline in 1990.[4] It was included in the 16 June 1995 merger of Badgerline with GRT Group to form FirstBus and became part of First Cymru in April 1998.[2][5][6]

South Wales Transport (Neath) Limited[edit]

The South Wales Transport name has been revived by a bus operator in Neath.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 133884 First Cymru Buses Limited formerly South Wales Transport Company Limited
  2. ^ a b SWT 100. Llanelli: Vernon Morgan. 2014. ISBN 9780957404519. 
  3. ^ NBC sale at halfway stage Commercial Motor 16 May 1987 page 21
  4. ^ Buses (Ian Allan) 61 (648). March 2009. ISSN 0007-6392. 
  5. ^ Badgerline links with GRT The Independent 5 April 1995
  6. ^ Link-up creates second largest bus group: GRT and Badgerline in agreed £265m merger Herald Scotland 5 April 1995
  7. ^ Home South Wales Transport
  8. ^ Companies House extract company no 5295622 South Wales Transport (Neath) Limited