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Service X33: Service History

Service X33 (2000–2002)

Operated by First Midland Red Buses Limited

Service X33 was operated as part of a Worcestershire County Council contract. The contract expired on Sunday 7th April 2002 and was won by Probus Management Limited (trading as Pete’s Travel).

Timetable Archive

X33FMRNovember2000Redditch • Bromsgrove • Kidderminster
 

Service X33 (2003–2013)

Operated by First Midland Red Buses Limited

Service X33 was operated by First Midland Red Buses Limited as part of a Worcestershire County Council from Monday 1st September 2003. The service operated hourly, seven days a week, between Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, and Kidderminster Hospital. The service ran as a Limited Stop service between Redditch and Bromsgrove.

The contract, which included Service 303, required low-floor vehicles to be used so Dennis Lance SLF fleet number 261 (registration number M221EAF) plus a small number of Dennis Dart SLF buses were moved from Worcester depot to Kidderminster depot facilitate this. However, all of these vehicles were acquired second-hand and were quite unreliable so the service quite often ran with a conventional stepped bus. First Midland Red finally took delivery of five new Alexander Dennis Pointers from December 2004, which allowed the service to permanently run with low-floor vehicles.

After the contract for this service expired, the service was operated commercially by First Midland Red, but at a reduced timetable.