The Bus Groups

  • Michael R. Bonavia


The Commission’s interest and involvement in the road passenger industry outside London was based first, upon the bus company shares acquired along with the main line railways, and also upon the Balfour Beatty group (partly trolley-bus undertakings) which the nationalisation of electricity had picked up quite incidentally, and which was quickly transferred to the BTC. Next came the negotiated purchase of the large Tilling and Scottish Motor Traction interests, and also the Red and White Group. Lastly, there was the obligation to prepare area schemes for the Minister’s approval.


Company Board Area Scheme Tilling Group Large Tilling Freight Vehicle 
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Notes and References

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    Stanley Kennedy was a bus manager with long service within the Tilling Group in which he was to succeed Sir Frederick Heaton on the latter’s death, not long after the sale to the BTC of the Group’s bus companies had been negotiated.Google Scholar
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    James Amos, OBE, (1945) (later CBE) was born in 1896. ‘The son of a Scottish shepherd, he set up a local bus service after the end of the First World War using a converted truck.’ (Times obituary) He rose through expansion and amalgamation to become Chairman of Scottish Omnibuses Ltd with over 4500 vehicles. At the outbreak of World War 2 he organised the evacuation of civilians by bus and arranged emergency transport for the Services and civil defence.Google Scholar
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    John Hibbs, The History of British Bus Services (1968) p. 211.Google Scholar
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    Letter from A. F. R. Carling, former Executive Director in the BET Group, to the author.Google Scholar
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    BTC AR 1949, p. 144.Google Scholar
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    Hansard, H/C, 13 February 1947, Col. 230.Google Scholar
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    W. Vane Morland, MI.Mech.E, FRSA, was born in 1884. He saw war service, 1914–19 with the Railway Operating Division, RE, and subsequently served for a short time on the War Office staff. In 1919 he became General Manager of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Tramway Co, and then joined the Midland General Omnibus Co. He started a career in municipal transport with St Helens Corporation Transport (1926–32) and moved to Leeds City Transport (1932–49). He published numerous technical papers on urban transport, and in 1949 was Vice-President of the International Union of Public Transport and President of the Municipal Passenger Transport Association. He had been much involved in replacement of trams by buses and was an early advocate of the use of diesel instead of petrol engines for buses.Google Scholar
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    BTC S17-9-24 A/B.Google Scholar

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© Michael R. Bonavia 1987

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