Fonds BR 272 - Great Yarmouth Transport Co. Ltd

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BR 272


Great Yarmouth Transport Co. Ltd


  • 1898-1994 (Creation)

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149 pieces

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Administrative history

The Great Yarmouth Borough Council established its first Tramways Committee on the 9 May 1902. A general manager was appointed and a scheme laid out for two routes using electric tramcars, Newtown to Wellington Pier and Vauxhall Station to Wellington Pier. Services commenced on the 19 June 1902. In 1907, the service was extended to include Gorleston, which had previously been served by a private firm using horse-drawn trams.\r\nIn May 1922, the Council decided to experiment with motor omnibuses. Accordingly, they bought three second-hand, double-decked, open-topped vehicles from the London General Omnibus Company. In 1925, seven more new, single-decked buses were purchased and were used to replace the existing tramcar service on the Newtown to Fishwharf route. The motor vehicles were initially used to augment holiday season schedules but their flexibility of operation increasingly saw them replacing regular tramcar services as the existing trams aged. In 1930, the Committee decided that, as the tramcar system was then ageing and inadequately maintained, the £30,000 required to renew or replace track and cars would be better spent in purchasing a fleet of motor vehicles. In October 1930, the Gorleston end of the tramcar system was scrapped and replaced by a motor bus service. In December 1933, the Yarmouth end followed suit; the last tramcar was driven to the depot by the Mayor on the 14 December 1933.\r\nDuring the Second World War, services were severely curtailed and the majority of the fleet was lent to Coventry Corporation Transport Dept. to help ferry essential factory workers. After the war, both traffic and revenues expanded rapidly (the fleet was 47 double-decked buses-strong in 1949) and by 1952 the Department employed 230 full-time workers plus 60 seasonal drivers and conductors.\r\nIn July 1966, the Department became the first public service operator to run a regular service using one-man-only (OMO) double-decker buses.\r\nIn the summer of 1986, responding to then-current, political pressures to re-structure local authority services, the Council decided to privatise its transport department and this accordingly became the Great Yarmouth Transport Company Ltd with a managing director instead of a passenger transport manager. Now owned by First Bus and called First Blue Bus, it is currently still in operation as a private, commercial business, serving the Yarmouth and Gorleston area.

Archival history

The majority of the records were housed in the offices of the Caistor Road, Yarmouth Depot and relate to the operation of the Transport Department rather than to its commercial successor.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 25 September and 16 December 1996 (MS 35167). Listed on 14 March 2001 (TT).

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Predominantly 1918-1979.

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Arranged as follows:

Accounting and stock records

BR 272/1-4 Purchase ledgers 1923-1967

BR 272/5-9 Other accounts 1939-1969

BR 272/10-15 Stock ledgers c 1925-1969

BR 272/16-18 Ticket sales and oil consumption accounts 1943-1968

Employee records

BR 272/19-62 Traffic Office wage books 1918-1946

BR 272/63-71 Wage records ledgers and files 1930-1963

BR 272/72-102 Weekly time/overtime sheet registers 1930-1970

BR 272/103 Tyre/milage record cards 1950-1956

Administration records

BR 272/104-126 Duty sheet files 1967-1979

Publicity/Historical records

BR 272/127-144 Photographic/Scrapbook material 1898-c 1990

BR 272/145-149 Printed/Miscellaneous material nd [1928]-1994

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For minutes (1901-1904) of the Yarmouth Tramways Committee see Y/TC 3/61 and for those of successor committees see Y/TC 88/1-76. Other records relating to the Great Yarmouth Transport Department are to be found listed under the reference Y/TP and include, inter alia, plans, photographs and inspectors' reports.

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Created 14/03/2001 by Drott. Modified 24/02/2020 by Droip.


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