Midland “Red”
BMMO and MROC

Service 303: Service History

Introduction

Service 303

In the early 1930s, Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company Limited (BMMO—Midland “Red” Motor Services) operated Service 303 between Stourport and Lickhill. At the time of writing very little is known about this service.

By the 1950s, Service 303 was operated between Kidderminster, Great Witley, Abberley and Menithwood, but this version of the service was one of many rural routes withdrawn in the early 1970s. From 1977, the route number 303 was used for a replacement to Service 315 running hourly between Strourbridge, Kidderminster and Worcester.

Service 303 (1930–1935)

Operated by Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company Limited

During the early 1930s, Service 303 operated three daytime return journeys during the week between Stourport (Car Park) and Lickhill (Garland Road). Three additional evening return journeys were operated on Fridays only. This route was not operated at weekends, and the 1200 journey operated over a different route during school term times.

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Timetable Archive

March1932Stourport ↔ Lickhill

Service 303 (1950–1971)

Operated by Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company Limited

Service 303 running between Kidderminster, Great Witley, Abberley and Menithwood was in operation by the early 1950s, with between three and five journeys operating throughout the whole week. Additional short-workings were provided on Saturdays by Service 320 between Kidderminster and Pensax Court.

In the early 1970s, BMMO withdrew a large number of their rural services and both Service 303 and Service 320 were withdrawn on Saturday 3rd April 1971.

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Timetable Archive

October1955Kidderminster ↔ Great Witley ↔ Menithwood

Service 303 (1977–1981)

Operated by Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited

On Saturday 5th November 1977, Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) launched their “Wendaway” Viable Network Project (VNP) in Kidderminster and surrounding area. At this time, the long established Service 315 running between Stourbridge, Kidderminster and Worcester was withdrawn and replaced by new Service 303.

Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) ceased trading as a bus and coach operator at the end of services on Saturday 5th September 1981. Responsibility for Service 303 passed to the newly formed Midland Red (West) Limited from the following day.

Route Summary

  • Nov 1977–Sep 1981
  • Worcester
  • Bevere
  • Ombersley
  • Crossway Green
  • Hartlebury
  • Summerfield
  • Kidderminster
  • Blakedown
  • West Hagley
  • Hagley
  • Stourbridge

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Timetable Archive

April1978Worcester ↔ Kidderminster ↔ Stourbridge