Boro'line Maidstone

Boro'line Maidstone
Boro'line Maidstone
Number 11, a Willowbrook bodied Bedford YRT, new in 1977, in Maidstone High Street, in fiesta blue livery and borough council markings, with a Duple bodied Bedford in the background
Parent Maidstone Borough Council Transport
Founded 1986
Defunct 1992
Locale Maidstone, Kent

Boro'line Maidstone, previously Maidstone Borough Council Transport was the municipal bus operator in Maidstone and the surrounding villages. Maidstone Borough Council Transport was formed in 1974 from Maidstone Corporation Transport following local government reorganisation. In 1986 Boro'line Maidstone was formed as an arms length company of Maidstone council from the operations of Maidstone Borough Council Transport.[1] The company had a brief London operation. Following financial difficulties, the London operation was sold to Kentish Bus, and after a period of administration, Boro'line Maidstone was sold to Maidstone & District in 1992.



Maidstone Borough Council Transport

In 1974, Maidstone Corporation turned into Maidstone Borough Council Transport, following reorganisation of local government which extended the council's reach into Maidstone. This coincided with the retirement of the general manager of the organisation, leading to a policy shift to replace the as yet fully double deck fleet inherited from Maidstone Corporation with lightweight single deckers[2].

In 1976 the network was revised following the opening of the Stoneborough Centre Bus Station. 1977 saw completion of full conversion to one man operation as double deck operation ceased. 1978 saw the introduction of route numbers to the expanding network, coordinated with Maidstone & District (M&D)[2].

Maidstone Area Bus Services

On 9 August 1981, Maidstone Borough Council services were integrated with that of M&D under the banner "Maidstone Area Bus Services", with a yellow on black hop barn motif. This was as a result of one of the National Bus Company's Market Analysis Projects (MAP). The MAP analysis resulted in the major alteration of services, seeing some swapping and diversion of routes and the extension of Maidstone Borough routes outside the borough to southern villages. This also saw closure of M&D's Maidstone depot in Knightrider St[2][3].

Deregulation and London expansion

On and from 26 October 1986, as a result of the 1985 Transport Act, Maidstone Borough Council's transport interests had to be divested into arms length but council-owned companies, with Maidstone Borough Transport (Holdings) Ltd and other subsidiaries trading under the Best Impressions-inspired Boro'line Maidstone branding with a new yellow/blue livery.

Boro'line was launched on 27 October 1986 with a guest appearance from 'Inspector Blakey' from TV's 'On the Buses'.

The co-ordinated Maidstone Area Bus Services arrangement was terminated as the same 1985 Transport Act outlawed such arrangements, the UK's bus operators being forced to compete with each other in the new deregulated environment. Thus NBC-owned East Kent, similarly-owned Maidstone & District and Boro'line, along with local private operators such as Nu-Venture and Farleigh Coaches who started local bus operation, ended up as competitors.

Almost immediately after de-regulation, Maidstone & District (M&D) was sold to its management, as the wide-ranging 1985 Transport Act was also used to break up the state-owned National Bus Company, and M&D soon sold its Maidstone Bus Station/outstation property, and rented space for an outstation at Boro'line's Armstrong Rd depot.

Meanwhile, seeking expansion, Boro'line saw that opportunities lay mainly outside the traditional operating area. Thus, as well as moving on a large scale into coach operation, Boro'line was from 16 January 1988 an early participant in the new London Buses route tendering post-deregulation system (see article Boro'line (London)).


In 1989, Boro'line posted a loss of £1.25 million, and by October 1991 the council decided to try and sell the company. M&D were not short listed as a potential buyer despite their interest.[2].

Facing possible competition from the new buyer, in 1991 M&D relocated its Maidstone outstation from the Boro'line Armstrong Road depot to a site near Maidstone West railway station, and registered new routes on several of Boro'line's routes. In response Boro'line started routes to Chatham and Cranbrook, and local Medway routes. This was not so successful due to unpopularity of Boro'lines single deck buses, and in M&D's ownership of the Pentagon bus station in Chatham[2].

On 17 February 1992, the London operation was sold to Kentish Bus. Two days later, Boro'line was placed into administration. On 29 May 1992, after set-backs with repossession of 5 front-line buses (including Leyland Lynxes) due to lease payments not being made, Boro'line ceased operations.

The company, along with the Armstrong Road depot was sold to M&D for just under £1 million by the administrators. M&D disposed of the Boro'line fleet and transferred all routes to its own identity[2].


The fiesta blue Maidstone Corporation bus livery persisted into the Maidstone Borough Council era, with buses receiving The Maidstone Borough Council fleetnames[4].

In 1979 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Maidstone municipal transport, the ochre colour scheme previously used by Maidstone Corporation was painted onto a single decker, which later became the standard livery into the era of single deck Maidstone Area Bus Services operation[2][5]. Notably, most M&D vehicles did not acquire the MABS logo, due to the probability of the operating from depots other than Maidstone.

Some Leopard coaches acquired from Nottingham were kept in their original 'Lilac Leopard' livery[2][6].

Boro'line was launched with a bold new livery, designed by Best Impressions, who would later go on to design the last independent Maidstone & District livery[2]. The livery consisted of a blue lower and yellow upper base, with white Boro'line logo, red Maidstone strapline and line, with a silver skirt[7]. From 1976 until well after the launch of Boro'line, vehicles in Maidstone could be seen in a variety of liveries, with some retaining either old Maidstone liveries, or the liveries in which they arrived in[1]. Some ochre vehicles only received a yellow front and Boro'line logos, or blue and yellow base with piecemeal detail application. The use in service of many hired or demonstration vehicles caused many other liveries or white buses with Boro'line logos to be used in service.

Boro'line operated the newly-extended and increased Maidstone Borough Council Park and Ride system, which had grown from a seasonal and Saturday operation in the mid-1980s. Thus some Bedfords, MCW Metroriders and DAF SB220s were painted into the Borough's yellow and green Park and Ride Livery[8][9][10]

Several second hand vehicles were hired or purchased for Maidstone work giving rise to some odd liveries [1] (West Midlands) [2] (Grimsby) [3] (Nottingham) [4] (Northumbria) on Boro'line work, either in Maidstone or on rail contracts.



Following the decision to convert to single deck operation, Maidstone Borough standardised on the Bedford Y series chassis, with mostly Duple bodies. With the advent of Boro'line, with the exception of London contracts, there was no vehicle standard for Boro'line, although double deckers returned to Maidstone under the company. Boro’line purchases for Maidstone were the Scania K92, DAF SB220s, Leyland Lynx[11], Dodge and MCW Metrorider minibuses. Three second hand Bristol LHs were acquired from East Kent's Ashford operations[12]. Some of the second hand vehicles used for London tenders were later transferred to Maidstone[13], as well as some Ailsas[14].


Maidstone Borough purchased several Duple-bodied Bedford coaches, and in 1976 14 Leyland Leopard coaches were acquired from Nottingham (The Lilac Leopards - see liveries), allowing withdrawal of the final double deckers of Maidstone Corporation. As with the bus fleet, Boro’line operated a number of coach types without a standard vehicle. Some coaches were used for excursions, although many saw service in Maidstone on passenger routes, with some even fitted with bus seats.

Several Maidstone Borough coaches received names:

  • Maidstone Minstrel [5]
  • Maidstone Monarch [6]
  • Maidstone Maiden JKJ 278V
  • Maidstone Marksman [7]
  • Maidstone Mountaineer TER 5S

Rare vehicles

  • Rare vehicles operated by Maidstone Borough included all of the 4 Bedford JJL midibuses built.
  • A Leyland Titan PD3 with Queen Mary bodywork new to Southdown was acquired from a Welsh operator. Re-registered from BUF 287C to 217 UKL, it was conductor-operated on the Park Wood service and also used on contract work, and latterly as a driver trainer.[15]
  • In 1989 Maidstone Mountaineer TER 5S was rebodied with a Willowbrook 'Warrior' body [16].
  • Maidstone Marksman was a rare Wrightbus Contour coach body on a Bedford YNT chassis.

Ancillary vehicles

Boro'line liveried vans were used as crew transfer vehicles[17]. Maidstone Borough Council Transport maintained a Bedford towing vehicle[18] which regularly saw action in the town as the Bedford fleet aged.

List of vehicle types

The following is a list of new and second hand vehicles by type[19], used by Maidstone Borough Council Transport and Boro'line in Maidstone.

Boro'Line in Maidstone

Double-decker buses
Single-deck buses

Maidstone Borough Council Transport

Single-deck buses

See also


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужна курсовая?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Boro'line (London) — describes the London operations of the former municipal bus company Boro line Maidstone. Boro line Maidstone was the arms length bus company of Maidstone Borough Council. Seeking to expand its business it saw the new system of tendering for… …   Wikipedia

  • Maidstone Corporation Transport — was the operator of trams, trolleybuses and motorbuses in Maidstone, Kent from 1904 to 1974.[1] The operations of Maidstone Corporation passed to Maidstone Borough Council Transport in reorganisation of local government in 1974, expanding the… …   Wikipedia

  • Maidstone & District Motor Services — Models of various Maidstone District buses in historical liveries. Maidstone District Motor Services Ltd was a bus company based in Maidstone, Kent. The company operated bus and coach services in Mid and West Kent and East Sussex from 1911 until… …   Wikipedia

  • Maidstone — For other uses, see Maidstone (disambiguation). Coordinates: 51°16′19″N 0°31′44″E / 51.272°N 0.529°E / 51.272; 0.529 …   Wikipedia

  • National Bus Company (UK) — National Bus Company Founded 1969 Defunct 1988 Service area England and Wales The National Bus Company (NBC) was, from 1969 to 1988, a nationalised bus company in England and Wales …   Wikipedia

  • Former municipal bus companies of the United Kingdom — This is a of former municipal bus companies of the United Kingdom and a brief description of their fate, with the exception of the several municipals which disappeared in 1968 and 1974 with the formation of the PTE bus operations.Of the remaining …   Wikipedia

  • North Western Road Car Company (1986) — This article is about the second company to bear this name from 1986 1998 which was based in Liverpool, England. For the original company (1923 1974), based in Stockport, England, see North Western Road Car Company (1923). The North Western Road… …   Wikipedia

  • List of bus operators of the United Kingdom — This list is an alphabetically ordered index of current and past operators. For a structured list of current operators, see List of current bus operators of the United Kingdom This is a of bus and coach operators of the United Kingdom. The list… …   Wikipedia

  • National Welsh Omnibus Services — was a bus company which operated in south east Wales and in the Forest of Dean area of Gloucestershire from 1978 to 1992. It used the trading name National Welsh and its Welsh equivalent Cymru Cenedlaethol. Contents 1 History 2 Bustler 3… …   Wikipedia

  • London Country North East — A preserved Leyland Atlantean formerly of London Country North East Founded 1986 (publicly owned company); 1988 (privatised) Defunct 1989 Headquarters …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”