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    Stevenson’s Bus Services, when at war with West Midlands Travel in the early 1990s. This of course was prior to the eventual buy out of Stevenson’s West Midlands based operations, along with several other independents, which quelled competition in the region for a short time. Here, ex West Yorkshire PTE Leyland National 2 LUA311V, stops in Bucklands End Road, Hodge Hill, Birmigham to allow a lone passenger to alight, whilst working the Erdington - Shard End service.

    19th March 1991.

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    1. bramm77 53 months ago | reply

      Taken a week after I was born! Great shot, the grim outlook of this picture seems to sum up the war between the two companies you described pretty well.

    2. ƒliçkrwåy 53 months ago | reply

      I loved that TV programme!

    3. happy_day99uk 53 months ago | reply

      It was amazing how they expanded from the days of a small town local bus service.

    4. Renown 53 months ago | reply

      Must confess that my interest in the company began to wane in this era when the ceased to be that 'small town local bus service' and morphed into some impression of a soulless big group.

    5. Call Sign Jojo 53 months ago | reply

      The changes were very rapid after Julian Peddle arrived, however had he not built it up that way I still doubt whether Steveo would still be with us today. Hedingham and District is a notable exception but so many other good old and much loved Independent's like OK, Gash, and even once no-nonsense Municipal's like Maidstone took the expansionist route to oblivion.

    6. Spottedlaurel 53 months ago | reply

      Bedford HA van in the background?

    7. PaulWestYorks 53 months ago | reply

      I see you got the full lamppost in the frame too ;-)

    8. Lady Wulfrun 53 months ago | reply

      Of course. ;-)

    9. simon7929 52 months ago | reply

      After seeing most of these Lua-v batch of Nationals dumped at Soverign St depot in Leeds for many years, i was quite suprised to see them get given an extra lifeline.They looked fit for scrap only despite them been only 7 years old.In WYPTE days they were based at Halifax and Huddersfield depots.

    10. MTBP / Yorkshire Bus Spotters (Nelboy York) 47 months ago | reply

      Most of the LUA-V National 2's were sent to York when nowhere else in the Yorkshire Rider region wanted them. Throughout the 90's when everywhere else had volvo olympians, renowns, and the like, York soldiered on with it's (by this time) knackered nationals. Funny thing is that I went in phases with these buses: one month I'd despise the things, and the next month I'd like them....

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