Fleet Buzz

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Fleet Buzz
FleetBuzz.svg
Fleet Buzz 45.JPG
ParentStagecoach
Founded1995
DefunctDecember 2014
HeadquartersCrondall
Service areaBerkshire
Hampshire
Surrey
Service typeBus services
Routes11 (October 2013)
Fleet33 (September 2013)
Websitewww.fleetbuzz.co.uk
Optare Versa in Reading in April 2011
Countrywide Plaxton Panther bodied Volvo B12B in Surrey in October 2009

Fleet Buzz[1] was a bus company based in Crondall, Hampshire, England. It was a subsidiary of Stagecoach.

History[edit]

Countywide Travel was formed in 1995 as a coach and bus company, based on vehicles from Marchwood Motorways and a depot was established in Basingstoke. In 1998 the depot relocated to the site formerly used by Oakley Coaches in Oakley, Hampshire. Countywide took over many of the routes from Tillingbourne Bus Company when it ceased trading in 2001. On 1 October 2007 the coach business was sold to Weavaway Travel and the bus operation moved to Crondall.[2]

In 2008/09 the company upgraded its fleet with the purchase of four new Optare Solos and four Optare Versas. The buses were painted in a livery of yellow (lower body) and black (upper body).

In December 2011 the business was sold to Stagecoach with 22 buses and 29 staff. It was run as a division of Stagecoach South.[2]

On 31 December 2014, three years after the Stagecoach takeover, the website was updated to announce the end of the Fleet Buzz name with operations being fully integrated into Stagecoach South from the date of some major network changes (Monday 5 January 2015).[3]

Fleet[edit]

As at September 2013 the fleet consisted of 33 buses.[4] Fleet Buzz purchased four Optare Versas in their yellow-and-black corporate livery in 2009, but was withdrawn five years later following their leasing had expired.

Services[edit]

Before services ended in 2015, Buzz Fleet operated 11 bus routes: numbers 11, 30, 31, 41, 42, 72, 77, 80, 82, 83 and 145.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 6156679 Archived 31 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine Countrywide Travel Limited
  2. ^ a b Millar, Alan (January 2012). "Stagecoach South buys 22-vehicle Fleet Buzz". Buses (682): 8.
  3. ^ Fleet Buzz Website Archived 21 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine Fleet Buzz Website
  4. ^ Stagecoach South Fleet Buzz Fleet List Archived 7 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine Buszone 22 September 2013
  5. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20140528060424/http://fleetbuzz.co.uk/bus-information2/

External links[edit]

Media related to Fleet Buzz (bus company) at Wikimedia Commons