1872 Provincial Tramways first registered as a Company  

1878 Gosport Street Tramway Act 1878/9.

1904 Opening of Hoeford depot for electric trams and generation of electricity for the tramway system and local community.

Construction started in 1903. The generating station provided electricity for trams and local homes until 1935.


1910 First motor buses run to Lee-on-the-Solent.

This was reputedly the first motor bus in Gosport - a Darracq - driver H.C. Cutland and conductor A. Cooper. The bus is seen at the Brockhurst Terminus of the Gosport - Lee-on-the-Solent service.


Closure of tramway.


1929 Gosport & Fareham Omnibus Act 1929.

1930 Purchase of new Chevrolet buses to replace trams.  

1934 Purchase of first new single decker (AEC Regal 4) bus by Provincial at Hoeford.  


Parent company changes its name from Provincial Tramways to Provincial Traction Company Limited.

Purchased of new double decker (AEC Regent 1) buses by Provincial at Hoeford.


1939-1945 Buses in the wartime.

The wartime regulation features of white markings on wheel arches and reduced headlamp exposure suggest that this photograph was taken between 1939-1945. More women were employed during wartime freeing men up for military service.

1940 Hoeford Power Station chimney demolished

Evacuation of children from Gosport.

1942 First Guy Arab utility bus delivered.  

1943 Provincial and Reading of Portsmouth create an AEC utility bus on a reconditioned chassis.  

1944 Opening of extension to original depot.  

1945 Over the next nine years Provincial bought out remaining independents in Gosport.  

1950's Programme of rebuilds on reconditioned chassis with Reading bodies.  

1957 Major fire at Hoeford depot.

Three buses in the sheds at Hoeford depot damaged by the fire on the night of 17th/18th June 1957.


1958 The first air-cooled engined bus in the world (Deutz) converted at Hoeford.

1966 Retirement of Managing Director, H Orme White, who had served the Provincial Company since 1910.  

1970 National Bus Company (NBC) takeover and repeal of 1929 Act.  

1978 Provincial Company celebrates centenary.  

1987 Staff & Management buy-out of bus company - first in the UK - to become 'People's Provincial'.  

1995 Company sold to First Group to become 'First Provincial Ltd'.  

1999 Changed name to First Hampshire Ltd.  

2003 Changed name to First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd.  

2009 Line up of buses through the various liveries with Provincial and First taken at Gosport Bus Station in January 2009.

2012 Bus Rapid Transit, branded 'Eclipse', service started between Gosport and Fareham, using the former railway track-bed between Holbrook and Redlands Lane, Fareham.

2014 New Optare Solo SRs purchased for use on Service 9/9A (Rowner/Bridgemary)

2016 Replacement 'Eclipse' buses - Alexander-Dennis Enviros200MMCs entered service on Services E1/E2.