‘BoT’ is perhaps best known for beer brewing. Just off the A38. Burton has 3 bus major companies plying for trade.
Apart from the buses Burton also lies on the railway line from Derby to Birmingham.The watery connection other than the river is that the Trent and Mersey canal also runs through the town.
‘Midland Classic’ were highlighted in my blog dated 17/12/2014 whilst in my blog dated 28 /12/2014 ‘Arriva’ were the subject. Today sees the ‘trentbarton (tb) contribution. Plus one or two others.
Most of the ‘tb’ buses seen in Burton appear in the yellow livery of the ‘the villager’ series of routes.
These (V1, V2 etc.) routes all start in Derby and terminate in Burton but are routed so that the many villages along the way get a service to both places.
Currently served by Scania L94UB’s with Wright Urban Solar bodies. All ‘the villager‘ branded buses carry livestock images to underline their rural credentials.
FJ03 VWB being Horses.
FJ03 VWE being Cattle (Friesians I think).
FJ03 VWF being Pigs.
FJ03 VWH being Rabbits
From time to time for operational reasons a fleet liveried vehicle will turn up suitably identified.
Another Scania L94UB with Wright Solar Urban bodywork fills in.
The other regular ‘tb’ route is the X38. Run as a joint service with ‘Arriva’ which again runs from Derby to Burton but as the X indicates as an express service along the A38.
The regular performers are Optare Tempo’s. Introduced into service in 2007. The Tempo’s seem to have stood up well to the daily hammering that they get up and down the A38.
As with ‘the villager’, fleet liveried buses sometimes put in an appearance.
One more Scania L94UB with Wright Solar Urban bodywork.
A Bova Futura of ‘Chiltern Travel’. A long established coach operator based at Blunham in Bedfordshire.
'East Staffordshire Mobility Link' operates this IVECO based mini bus providing transport for the less mobile.