April 7th, 2008
This has been my workplace for the last 240 years, so l believe that I just might know a little about the place!
Aylesbury has always been known as a friendly garage, and has always made new workmates feel at home very quickly. A brief history- Aylesbury used to be covered by two bus companies, United Counties and Red Rover- the Bus division of Keith Coaches. United Counties and Red Rover were merged in the early nineties by the then Luton & district bus company . However Luton & District were finally bought in the mid nineties by the Arriva group of companies, bringing us to the present.
In the last few years a few small independent companies have emerged such as Red Rose( which is part owned by Chris Day, the old general manager of Red Rover) and Star Travel who have carved out little niches in the Bus World.
Arriva have maintained their premier operator status in Aylesbury and the surrounding area, and in partnership with the Buckinghamshire county council have now started to improve the infrastructure and quality of their routes. The latest improvement being the Blue route 2 which will serve the – Haydon Hill corridor, this follows the very successful upgrading of the Red Route 9 which runs from the town centre via Southcourt – Walton Court and on to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.and has also recently been extended to serve the Tring Road and Bedgrove area. Equally important is the Silver Rider service which serves the Fairford Leys Village – Railway Station and Aylesbury town centre, and shortly a similar service in the Watermead village is planned
The Aylesbury Garage also serves Oxford, Milton Keynes, Buckingham, Bicester, Luton, Halton Camp, High Wycombe and Watford.