Contrasting fortunes

DAVID JENKINS begins his look at current developments in Greater Anglia by considering the relative positions of the four big groups with routes and businesses in this diverse region

First Eastern Counties 32652 (AU05 MUP) an Alexander Dennis ALX400-bodied Volvo B7TL, in the Ipswich Reds livery introduced to the now isolated operations in south-east Suffolk.

 While East Anglia has long been home to many independent operators, the dominant state-owned companies were Eastern Counties and Eastern National.

When the National Bus Company broke Eastern Counties into smaller units in 1984, it spun off the Cambridgeshire operations into a separate company, Cambus, which Stagecoach has owned since December 1995. Everything else has become part of First, though there is much less of it than there once was.

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