CHRISTOPHER CARTER visits the national park that evokes memories of one of England’s best-loved territorial bus companies in the first of three journeys that will take him from Gatwick to Alton

Metrobus has decorated 6971 (YP58 UGM), from the same batch of Scania OmniCity double-deckers as the one that Christopher Carter rode in on route 291, with a gold front to celebrate Crawley depot’s success in the 2018 UK Bus Awards. It was photographed at Tunbridge Wells war memorial.
Metrobus 6010 (BN14 CUX), a Volvo B7RLE with Wright Eclipse 2 body, waiting to depart from Gatwick Airport North Terminal bus stop 9 for Crawley.

Southdown Motor Services – one of England’s best-loved historic operators – took its name from the picturesque chalk hills across the southern length of its operating area and since 2010 this has fallen within the South Downs national park – the newest of Britain’s 15 designated areas – covering 618sq miles eastwards from inland Winchester to coastal Eastbourne

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