CLASSIC COACHES HEAD WEST AND SOUTH

This year’s Royal Blue Run, organised by the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust on June 21 to 23, took in the West Country and south coast of England as it marked the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Associated Motorways pool and the 95th of the introduction of the Royal Blue service between Bournemouth and Margate.

On the first day, coaches set out from Oxford to Bournemouth along Associated Motorways routes. They ran east along the south coast on the second day as far as

Eastbourne with a lunchtime stop at the Amberley Museum. They headed northwest again on the third day for Guildford and Basingstoke with a lunchtime stop at the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. Preserved Royal Blue coaches were complemented by those of other Associated Motorways participants as well as a few representing those that were hired in at peak times to provide additional capacity.

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