Wiltshire’s family bus company turns 40

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Once the mainstay of the fleet, small buses now make up for 14 vehicles in a fleet of 55. Optare Solo MX09AOL is seen in Chippenham. RICHARD SHARMAN

Faresaver Buses was established 40 years ago as Fosseway Coaches. Today it is Wiltshire’s largest independent bus operator and also provides bus sales and rental through its Next Bus division. Richard Sharman went to speak to second-generation family member and Managing Director, Justin Pickford, to find out how the operation has increased in size over the last four decades

Born out of humble beginnings using a fleet of Ford Transit minibuses, today Faresaver Buses operates a mixed fleet of over 50 vehicles that includes double-deckers. Council and commercial bus services are operated throughout North Wiltshire and into Bath and North East Somerset.

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