Australian-based Tower Transit Group continues to expand with the purchase of the old-established family operator, Go Whippet of Swavesey in Cambridgeshire.
Whippet Coaches trading as Go Whippet has an O-licence for 44 vehicles based at Swavesley and additional outstations for single vehicles at Corby and Peterborough as well as two at St Neots. A spokesman for Tower Transit told CBW: “We are looking forward to running the business.”
Go Whippet had been run by three generations of the Lee family since it was founded in 1919 by Henry Lee, a bicycle salesman from London who moved to Graveley in Huntingdonshire. His first coach was a converted American ambulance. Based in Hilton for many years, the business moved to a depot at Fenstanton by the A14 road in 1977. Stagecoach moved into those premises in 2009 with Go Whippet relocating to a modern depot at Swavesey.
Service C from Somersham to Cambridge city centre on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway is operated as are local routes throughout north Cambridgeshire. The firm also runs a number of school and college contracts. Summer only services operate to coastal resorts such as Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Cromer, Hunstanton, Clacton-on-Sea and Southend.