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Legal Name: Hants & Dorset Motor Services Limited



Operating Name: Hants & Dorset
Started Operations: 1920
Finished Operations: April 1983

Operating Base(s):

Fareham (Bus Station)

Fareham (Gosport Road)

Gosport (Mumby Road) - Outstation

Plus other depots in Hampshire, Dorset & Wiltshire



Bournemouth & District Motor Services Limited was incorporated in 1916. In 1920 following the purchase of Trade Cars of Southampton, the Hants & Dorset name was adopted. In 1964 Wilts & Dorset Motor Services Limited came under the management of Hants & Dorset and managed from the head office in Bournemouth. In January 1969, Hants & Dorset and Wilts & Dorset passed to the National Bus Company. In 1970 the Gosport & Fareham Omnibus Company became part of the National Bus Company and came under the control of Hants & Dorset, but remained a separate entity. In 1972 the Wilts & Dorset operations were merged with Hants & Dorset. On the 1st April 1983, Hants & Dorset Motor Services was divided into three separate operating companies: Wilts & Dorset Bus Company Ltd, Poole, Provincial Bus Company Limited, Hoeford and Hampshire Bus Company Limited, Eastleigh



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