Independents thrive in Bath alongside big groups

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Whilst many areas of the UK are dominated by the big groups, there are still pockets of independent bus operators to be found. Richard Sharman takes a look at one such location, the city of Bath

It is rare in the month of January – and the middle of winter – to get a day where it is relatively warm and the sun is shining, so whilst on the way to the South Coast for a feature recently I decided to avoid the normal trip down the A34 and M3 and take the scenic route by stopping in the beautiful city of Bath. Located just 13 miles away from Bristol via the A4, it is fair to say that Bath couldn’t be more different in terms of the lack of hustle and bustle. Once you arrive in the city you feel almost at ease because of the beautiful surroundings, the mix of old and new architecture and the fact that being in a valley there are some stunning views of rows of old houses, an impressive railway viaduct and rolling hills.

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