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Service 419: Service History

Service 419 (1946–1972)

Operated by Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company Limited

Throughout the post-war period, Service 419 was a Ledbury Market-day service running one return journey each Tuesday between Coddington Turn, Bosbury and Ledbury. The route was extended in the early 1950s (probably 1954) to start and finish at Cradley School, and was operated using a vehicle from Malvern depot that arrived in Cradley each morning on a school service. This vehicle would operate between Cradley and Ledbury on Service 419 and short-working Service 417 journeys before returning to Malvern on the afternoon Cradley school journey.

Service 419 was withdrawn as part of a number of cuts made on Saturday 7th October 1972, and replaced by diverting certain Service 417 journeys to run via Coddington Turn on Tuesdays.

Timetable Archive

419BMMOSeptember1946Ledbury • Coddington Turn
October1955Ledbury • Coddington Turn • Cradley
March1972Ledbury • Coddington Turn • Cradley

Service 419 (1978–1980)

Operated by Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited

From c. May 1978 to Thursday 28th August 1980, Service 419 was operated by Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) between Bromyard, Tedstone Wafre and Clifton Upon Teme, as part of their Hereford area “Wandaward” MAP scheme. The service provided two return journeys on Thursdays only, which was Market Day in Bromyard.

This service partly replaced Service 427, which had historically operated journeys over this route on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Service 419 (1980–1981)

Operated by Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited

A new Service 419 was introduced by Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) on Saturday 30th August 1980 as part of revisions to the Hereford area “Wandaward” MAP scheme. The route was a variation of Service 420 linking Worcester, Bromyard, and Hereford. The majority of the route was the same as Service 420 but ran via Newtown, Shucknall, and Whitestone from Burley Gate to Withington, and the direct to Hereford.

At the end of operations on Saturday 5th September 1981, Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) ceased trading as a bus and coach operator. Five new companies were created to take over operations with Midland Red (West) Limited assuming control of both Hereford depot and Worcester depot, and with them operation of Service 419 and Service 420.

Timetable Archive

419MROCAugust1980Worcester • Bromyard • Hereford