TransportA Selection of News Articles Related to Transport

  • 1 Western National Omnibus Co

    24 November 1972

  • 2 A letter from Mr Burgess

    20 October 1950

  • 3 Did you see it?

    5 August 1960

  • 4 Safe driving awards

    December 1971

  • 5 72 ton engine

    24 November 1972

  • Western National Omnibus Co

    24 November 1972

    Regret that complaints should have been made so soon after the much-needed extension for the bus service to High Park Estate had been arranged on an experimental basis was expressed by Cllr. Clifford Coates, chairman of Bideford Town Council’s Highways Committee.

    24.11.1972 Bus service deplored

    If people would use their garages or hard standing to park their cars there would be no problem, he said.

    The Council were told that the Western National Omnibus Co. Had written pointing out that in the interest of road safety they had on this new service avoided the reversing of one-man operated buses. If the bus stop in

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  • A letter from Mr Burgess

    20 October 1950

    Sir –

    When are small communities like Littleham going to realise they are of little consequence in this present welfare state? Of course, the roads of the parish are not capable of carrying buses for the convenience of country dweller – why, there is hardly room for the pleasure coaches in the summer to pass along our narrow lanes. Besides, it is only the matter of a mile or two to Bideford where one can ride up and down the Broad Quay to one’s heart’s content. From the Quay one is able to board a double-decked bus to travel along the narrow

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  • Did you see it?

    5 August 1960

    Ten weeks’ spare time work went into the making of this primrose coloured hill climb and trials special, pictured here a few days after coming off its solo assembly line.

    5.8.1960 Newcombe transport

    Builder and owner of the care is 23 years old Mr Peter Newcombe, 9 Coldharbour, Bideford, who is employed at Raleigh Garage, Bideford. 

    Using equipment borrowed from the garage, Mr Newcombe has been working on it in the evenings and other spare time. Most of the components of the car are new, but a few have come from a variety of other cars, so that it is a hybrid. Motive

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  • Safe driving awards

    December 1971

    Among employees of the Western National and Devon General Bus Companies who won safe driving awards in 1970 were three drivers from Bideford.

    Bus drivers December 1971

     

    They are G E Kelly, R A J Parker and E K B Jackman. To qualify for awards drivers must have been free from blameworthy accident for at least 20 years.
    Gazette article dated December 1971

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  • 72 ton engine

    24 November 1972

    Special arrangements had to be made over the weekend to transport a 72-ton engine through Devon roads on its way to Appledore Shipyard.

    24.11.1972 road tug1

    Because of its weight and size it was not possible to bring it by direct route and the journey from Manchester was via Exeter and Holsworthy. 

    Extra power was called for in tackling Woodford Hill, part of which is a 1 in 6 gradient, and a ‘tug’ went out from Bideford to assist, as seen above.
    On the last stage of the journey the value of the new eastern by-pass at Northam for such traffic was well

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