Forty years of Metrobus celebration

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This Leyland Lynx was new to Metrobus in 1992 as one of relatively few single-deckers in the fleet. RICHARD LEWIS

Nick Larkin reports on an event marking four decades and a lot of change for one south-east operator

Forty years of legendary former independent Metrobus are being celebrated at the South East Bus Festival on Saturday 1 April with vehicles and a special guest. Co-founder of the originally Orpington, Kent-based operator in July 1983 Peter Larking will be giving a talk starting at 1330hrs about the company’s early years.

Metrobus was formed when Peter and fellow co-founder Gary Wood bought the subsidiary of Surrey operator Tillingbourne set up to run services locally following the collapse of Orpington & District in 1981. Working from that operator’s former garage at Green Street Green, Metrobus began with three routes and six vehicles, rapidly building up operations in an area not well-known for independent service bus providers. It took over Southland Travel and RB Coaches in 1991.


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