Montgomery's Buses: An Empire of Independents
An informative study of the local bus operators and their impact on the local communities in Montgomeryshire, now part of the county of Powys. This edition has 256 pages, with numerous photographs, maps and illustrations in the text.
- Setting the Scene
- Mid-Wales Motorways of Newtown
- The other Independent Companies of Newtown
- Celtic Travel of Llanidloes
- Lloyds Coaches of Machynlleth
- Llanfair Caereinion and the Surrounding Area
- The North-East Corner of Montgomeryshire and over the Border to England
- Welshpool and the Surrounding Area
- Local Photographic Collections
- The BBC film entitled Bus to Bosworth
- The Market day-only services
- The Royal Mail Bus Services
- The Stage Express Routes
- Crossville and succession
- A Conclusion
From the Author's Introduction:
"It is the very low density of population throughout this upland area that has always caused and continues to pose, different transport problems. It was and remains a county of small businesses heavily dependent on service, agriculture, forestry and quarry extraction. Tourism has become important and may benefit from improved passenger transport to supplement that of the private car. Therefore these Central Welsh Counties have a different bus industry from the mainstream urban and suburban systems."
"It is hoped that this is not only a valued local (unusual) history, but will also have a far wider readership with people who are interested in the bus and coach industry."
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