Travel Merry Hill

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Travel Merry Hill
Parent National Express
Founded 1987
Ceased operation 2001
Headquarters Birmingham
Service area West Midlands
Service type Bus services

Travel Merry Hill[1] was a bus operator in the West Midlands. It was a subsidiary of the National Express Group.

History[edit]

In 1988, the Merry Hill Minibus company was formed by the former owners of the Merry Hill Centre, Richardson Developments.[2]

Originally launched to compete with West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive's Mini Buzz service, at that time the Merry Hill Minibuses were the major form of public transport linking the surrounding areas with the shopping centre, of which approximately half had been opened by the time the service was launched (the first retailers had moved to the centre in 1985 and it was completed in 1989).

In the early days, the fleet consisted of Carlyle Works bodied Freight Rover Sherpa vehicles.[3] An attraction to customers of the Merry Hill Minibus service was that the buses gave change to passengers not having the exact fare, which was not the case with the incumbent Travel West Midlands. The company intended to operate around 100 vehicles from the time of the centre's completion in November 1989, but stalled at 46 following the early 1990s recession.[4][3]

National Express takeover[edit]

During 1997 Merry Hill Minibuses was taken over by West Midlands Travel's parent company National Express who continued to run it as a separate subsidiary.[5] The operating centre was moved in 1999 from the back of the Merry Hill Centre to the Pensnett Trading Estate in Dudley.

On 17 February 2001, following a group restructuring, the Travel Merry Hill services were absorbed into Travel West Midlands with the Travel Merry Hill brand dropped.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 2203309 Travel Merryhill Limited formerly Merry Hill Minibuses Limited
  2. ^ Carlyle at Merry Hill Commercial Motor 12 May 1988
  3. ^ a b Brown, Stewart J (September 1993). Buses in Britain. Capital Transport. p. 110. ISBN 1-85414-158-9. 
  4. ^ Merry Hill grows Commercial Motor 18 October 1990
  5. ^ Travel West Midlands Ltd Acquires Merry Hill Minibuses Ltd Thomsons Financial Mergers & Acquisitions 25 March 1997
  6. ^ Brierley Hill Area Action Plan - Baseline Report - Accessiblity Dudley Borough Council

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