- Stagecoach in Warwickshire
- Midland Red South and Stagecoach Midland Red redirect here. If you wish to read about the operating "group" which Stagecoach in Warwickshire is part of, please visit Stagecoach Midlands.
A Stagecoach in Warwickshire Dennis Dart/Plaxton Pointer in Warwick on service X17
Founded 1993 Headquarters Rugby, Warwickshire Locale Warwickshire, Leicestershire, West Midlands Service area United Kingdom Service type Urban and interurban bus services Destinations Bedworth, Coventry, Nuneaton, Leamington Spa, Leicester, Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Operator Stagecoach Midlands part of Stagecoach Group Web site Official Website
Stagecoach in Warwickshire is the Stagecoach Group bus operator in and around the county of Warwickshire, England. While Stagecoach in Warwickshire is the brand image of the company, its legal name is Midland Red (South) Ltd. It was formed out of the purchase of the Western Travel Group by Stagecoach in 1993.
The original company was Midland Red, formed on 26 November 1904. On 28 June 1935, the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Company (BMMO), known as Midland Red, purchased Stratford Blue for £15,000. Stratford Blue then became a subsidiary of Midland Red, but continued to operate under its own identity until 1970. In 1970, the National Bus Company (NBC) dissolved the Stratford Blue operation and it fully passed into the hands of Midland Red. All vehicles were immediately repainted, although the company name was retained to protect future use of the name.
On 5 September 1981, Midland Red was divided into six self-standing companies. The four bus operating companies became Midland Red (North), (South), (East) and (West). Midland Red South inherited garages at Rugby (which became and still is the Head Office), Nuneaton, Leamington, Stratford and Banbury. On 10 December 1987, after 6 years of National Bus Company ownership, Midland Red South was purchased by Western Travel Group, which also held the Cheltenham and Gloucester Omnibus Company Limited. During Western Travel ownership, Midland Red South opened a garage at Coventry.
Subsequently, Stagecoach Group purchased this operation in 1993, and rebranded it as its Stagecoach Midland Red subsidiary. It set about simplyfing the routes and improving the profitability of the operation, which included the closure of the depots in Coventry and Stratford in 1999. Upon national re-branding in 2000, Stagecoach Midland Red became Stagecoach in Warwickshire for operations from Leamington, Nuneaton and Rugby and Stagecoach in Banbury for operations in Banbury. For a long time Midland Red shared a management team with Stagecoach Oxford (Thames Transit Ltd), but this was split on 1 July 2002, with the Banbury operations becoming part of Stagecoach in Oxfordshire. Guide Friday, an operator of sight-seeing tours in Stratford meanwhile established a small number of local and tendered bus services in the town following Stagecoach's departure. This company was eventually purchased by Ensign, who rebranded the Stratford services by reviving the long lost Stratford Blue fleetname.
From 1 February 2007 Stagecoach purchased the Stratford operation from Ensign, once again giving them a depot in the town. On 12 November 2007, Stagecoach in Warwickshire introduced the second Stagecoach Goldline service in the UK, on route 66 (renumbered G1) between South Farm, Leamington Spa and Warwick, using Optare Solos.
- Leamington Spa (Station Approach)
- Nuneaton (Newtown Road)
- Rugby (Railway Terrace)
- Stratford-upon-Avon (Avenue Farm)
Key personnel United Kingdom
bus companiesStagecoach London (East London, Selkent, Thameside) · Stagecoach West Scotland (Western, A1 Service, Arran, Glasgow) · Stagecoach Highlands (Caithness, Inverness, Lochaber, Skye, Orkney) · Stagecoach East Scotland (Fife, Bluebird, Perth, Strathtay, JW Coaches, Rennies) · Stagecoach North East (Newcastle, South Shields, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Teesside) · Stagecoach North West (Cumbria, Lancaster, Lancashire, Preston, Network Chorley) · Stagecoach Manchester (Manchester, Magic Bus) · Stagecoach Merseyside (Merseyside) · Stagecoach Yorkshire (Yorkshire, Chesterfield, Sheffield) · Stagecoach East Midlands (Bassetlaw, Mansfield, Grimsby-Cleethorpes, Hull, Lincolnshire) · Stagecoach Midlands (Northants, Warwickshire) · Stagecoach Oxfordshire (Oxfordshire, Oxford Tube) · Stagecoach East (Stagecoach Cambridgeshire (Cambridge, Peterborough. The Fens), Bedford) · Stagecoach West (Cheltenham, Swindon, Gloucester, Cotswolds, Wye and Dean) · Stagecoach Wales (Stagecoach in South Wales) · Stagecoach South East (East Kent, East Sussex, Eastbourne, Hastings) · Stagecoach South (Hants & Surrey, Hampshire, Portsmouth, South Downs) · Stagecoach South West (Devon) · Stagecoach Express · Scottish Citylink (35% with ComfortDelGro) · Megabus (United Kingdom) · Stagecoach Gold/Citylink Gold
tram operationsStagecoach Sheffield Supertram
bus companiesUnited States: Coach USA (Northeast: Community Coach, Gray Line New York (50% with New York Airport Service), Olympia Trails, Red & Tan Tours, Rockland Coaches, Short Line Bus, Suburban Trails) · (North Central: Butler Motor Transit, Central Cab Company, Coach USA Chicago, Lenzner Coach Lines, Tri-State/United Limo, Wisconsin Coach Lines, Van Galder) · Megabus (North America)
Canada: Coach Canada: Erie Coach Lines, Trentway-Wagar, Gray Line Montreal
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