South West Coaches

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South West Coaches
South West Coaches 2015 logo.png
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Dennis Dart in Weymouth in July 2011
Parent Alan Graham
Founded 2000
Headquarters Wincanton
Service area Dorset
Somerset
Wiltshire
Service type Bus & coach services
Hubs Yeovil
Isle of Portland
Fleet 100 (March 2014)
Website www.southwestcoaches.co.uk

South West Coaches[1] is a privately owned bus company that operating services around Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire in South West England.

History[edit]

South West Coaches was founded in 2000 following the merger of AG Hulbert & Son and Wakes Services.[2][3]

In April 2008 Safeway Services of South Petherton was purchased[4] followed in October 2009 by Sureline on the Isle of Portland.[5][6]

Operations[edit]

Logo used from 2008-2015
Optare Versa in Yeovil Bus Station in May 2011
Setra S315GT-HD in Torquay in May 2011

South West Coaches have little competition in their operating area although another independent operator Nippy Bus registered route N10 in competition with South West Coaches' route 81 and First Hampshire & Dorset compete on the Portland routes. In most villages South West Coaches are the sole bus operator and therefore many communities are heavily reliant on their services. The geographical area covered stretches from Minehead and Taunton in the west to Salisbury in the east and from Isle of Portland and Bournemouth in the south to Warminster and Frome in the north.

It operates local town services in Yeovil under contract to Somerset County Council, ex Sureline routes in Dorchester, Weymouth and on the Isle of Portland. A large proportion of its work is coach trips as well as private hire and school contracts.

Depots[edit]

Depots are located in Wincanton, Yeovil and on the Isle of Portland.

Fleet[edit]

As at May 2017 the fleet consisted of 51 buses and minibuses and 45 coaches.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 3885518 South West Coaches Limited
  2. ^ Wakes Services countrybus.co.uk
  3. ^ Company History South West Coaches
  4. ^ Safeway Services countrybus.co.uk
  5. ^ End of the Sureline for Portland Dorset Echo 7 October 2009
  6. ^ Sureline countrybus.co.uk

External links[edit]

Media related to South West Coaches at Wikimedia Commons