- Marchwood Motorways
Coach 055 (HF08 UHU), a Scania/Irizar PB in Southampton in the new two-tone blue Go South Coast coaching livery.
Slogan "Stylish coach hire" Parent Go-Ahead Group Headquarters Totton, Hampshire Service area Coach: Various areas
Service type Coach tours and bus services Operator Solent Blue Line, Go South Coast Web site marchwoodcoaches.co.uk
Marchwood Motorways runs buses and coaches from its base in Totton, Hampshire. They run a mixture of coaches on excursions and for hire, and their vehicles are commonly found on rail-replacement work in the South of England. Buses operated include some East Lancs Myllenniums for hire work and DAF and Scania coaches. Before the takeover by Solent Blue Line, Southampton bus routes 18 and 19 were run by Marchwood Motorways using DAF SB120/Wright Cadets under franchise to Solent Blue Line.
In July 2006, a major fire at the company's depot destroyed three buses and offices, causing an estimated £250,000 of damage. It was at first thought to be caused by an electrical fault, however it was later discovered arson was the cause.
The company was acquired by the Go-Ahead Group on 24 October 2006, for £3.0m, with the assumption of £1.4m of net debt at completion. The company was made part of Solent Blue Line, which is itself part of Go South Coast.
In December 2008, the company took part in an Asda scheme to fill a coach with Christmas presents for charity. It was hoped customers would fill the coach with up to 2,000 gifts.
October 2006 saw an attack on one of the company's vehicles, a stone that was thrown at a school coach nearly injuring pupils.
Along with Solent Blue Line in May 2008, the company was found to have been running services to lower than expected reliability levels, and faced a fine from the Traffic Commissioner.
- ^ "Coach firm fire started by arsonist". Southern Daily Echo. 2006-07-29. http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/search/856812.Coach_firm_fire_started_by_arsonist/. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- ^ "Go-Ahead purchases Marchwood Motorways". Bus and Coach News. Plum Publishing. 2006-10-26. http://www.busandcoach.com/newsStory.aspx?id=1066. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
- ^ "Help provides a coachload of gifts". Southern Daily Echo. 2008-12-12. http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/search/3973791.Help_provides_a_coachload_of_gifts/. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- ^ "Pupils endangered as stone breaks school bus window". Southern Daily Echo. 2006-10-25. http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/search/986712.Pupils_endangered_as_stone_breaks_school_bus_window/. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- ^ "Bus companies face hefty fines". Southern Daily Echo. 2008-05-24. http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/search/2295191.Bus_companies_face_hefty_fines/. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
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