National Express Dundee

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National Express Dundee
NXDundee.svg
Parent National Express
Founded 1997
Headquarters Dundee
Service type Bus services
Fleet 130
Chief executive Phil Smith
Website www.nxbus.co.uk/dundee

National Express Dundee[1] is a bus operator based in Dundee, Scotland operating services mainly within Dundee City. It is a subsidiary of National Express.

History[edit]

Former Travel Dundee logo superseded in 2008

The company has its origins in the Dundee and District Tramways Company, which commenced horse tram operations on 30 August 1877. Steam traction was adopted in 1885. On 1 June 1899 the company was compulsorily acquired by the local municipality to become Dundee City Tramways. The system was electrified between 1900 and 1902.

From 1922 motor buses began to be operated in addition to the trams. The tram system continued to be extended until 1933, but was closed on 21 October 1956. Buses replaced the trams, and the department was renamed Dundee Corporation Transport.

Local government reorganisation meant that the bus operation passed to Tayside Regional Council in May 1975. In spite of the change of name, the council's bus operations were confined to the Dundee area.[2] The livery was changed from green to dark blue, light blue and white.

In preparation for bus deregulation in October 1986 it was restructured into a separate legal entity[1] and in 1991 sold in a management buy out. In February 1997 it was sold to National Express and rebranded Travel Dundee.[3][4] The livery changed again, this time to blue, red and white.

Travel Greyhound was the coaching subsidiary which offered a range of coaches and buses for hire. Greyhound Luxury Coaches used to be a trading name for TD Alexander and Sons,[5] who commenced operations in 1960. The business was acquired by Tayside Public Transport on 13 August 1990, and re-branded Tayside Greyhound. The Greyhound brand is no longer in use.[6]

Travel Dundee had been a contractor to Scottish Citylink form many years. However, shortly after the formation of a joint venture between Citylink and Stagecoach in November 2005, Travel Dundee's services ceased. They were reinstated at short notice from 9 January 2006 when extra journeys were added to route M91 from Perth direct to Edinburgh. In May 2006, Travel Dundee commenced operating journeys on route M90 Perth - Kinross - Dunfermline - Edinburgh. Citylink ceased for the third time in September 2008, as part of a review of coaching activities. [7]

In November 2007 National Express announced plans to re-brand all of their operations under a new unified National Express identity.[8] with Travel Dundee rebranded as National Express Dundee in October 2008.

Fare Structure[edit]

The single fares are calculated according to the number of fare stages that you pass through with fares split into three categories 1 stage, 2-3 stages or 4+ stages.[9]

A range of fares are available including daysavers and their own travelcards which are available for 1 week, 4 week and 52 week periods of validity. Off-peak, evening and group tickets are also available.

Routes[edit]

The company operates a number of urban routes, their numbering system has similarities to other National Express UK Bus subsidiaries with school routes indicated with the suffix - S, the use of suffix letters - A, B, C and D, as well as the use of the prefix - X to denote express services.

National Express Dundee has recently introduced a night bus service on route 5 which is numbered 5N.[10]

There is one express route which is numbered X39.

They operate the following school routes: 1S, 9S, 10S, 17S & 22S.

Route Branding[edit]

The latest route branding uses a variety of colours to differentiate routes to make it easier to see buses operating on a particular route. At present routes 4 (Silver), 5 (Royal Blue), 22 (Lime Green), 28 & 29 (Light Blue) are route branded.

Garages & Travel Shops[edit]

The company operates from a single garage in Dundee. There is a travel shop which sells bus and coach tickets and provides information on bus and coach enquiries.

Competition[edit]

National Express Dundee faces competition from Stagecoach on inter-urban routes operating into/out of Dundee.

Vehicle Types[edit]

National Express Dundee have a fleet of around 130 single- and double-decker buses, most being from Volvo. Some vehicles have come from other National Express operators in the West Midlands and from the now sold operation in London.

From 1997 to 1999, shortly after National Express took over, Travel Dundee received 30 Volvo B10L-bodied Wright Liberators and 25 Volvo B10BLE-bodied Wright Renowns. In 2004, the fleet was upgraded with 18 new Wright Eclipse Gemini double-deckers.

National Express Dundee have since bought 29 new Volvo B7RLE-bodied Wright Eclipse Urbans in 2011-2012.
In 2013, the company received its first 9 Enviro 400 Hybrid buses, partly funded by the Scottish Government Green Bus Fund.[11]

The company operates the following vehicles:

Double Deck Buses[edit]

Single Deck Buses[edit]

Subsidiary companies[edit]

Travel Wishart[edit]

Travel Wishart provides rural bus and coach services in the county of Angus, from its base in Friockheim. The operation previously traded as G&N Wishart and was the last remaining division of National Express in the Travel series of brands. In 2013 the Travel Wishart operating licence was sold to new owners.

It operates a fleet mainly used for coach day-trips.[12] It also operates some local routes in Angus and school services as follows: routes 824, 826, 901, 905, A6, A30, F6, F18.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Companies House extract company no SC098156 Travel Dundee Limited formerly Tayside Bus Company Limited
  2. ^ David G Wilson, Buses of Eastern Scotland 2nd edition Manchester 1981
  3. ^ Stewart J Brown, Buses in Britain, London, 1993
  4. ^ Peter White, Bus and coach deregulation and privatization in Great Britain, with particular reference to Scotland, Journal of Transport Geography, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 135-141, 1998
  5. ^ Companies House extract company no SC037778 TD Alexander and Sons (Scotland) Limited
  6. ^ D J Slater, Major PSV Operators 4: Scotland and Ireland Birmingham 1991
  7. ^ Dundee Area Bus Directory, Second Edition - Spring 2009, by Susanna Scott. ISSN 2041-0735
  8. ^ New Identity for National Express Group National Express corporate news 15 November 2007
  9. ^ Cash Fares Single Journeys
  10. ^ Dundee Night Bus Service picking up more interest
  11. ^ Bosses buzzing after Dundee takes delivery of electric buses
  12. ^ Travel Wishart

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