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The Wellglade Group1 is a transport group operating bus services in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire, and the Nottingham Express Transit tram system in Nottingham


  • 1 History
  • 2 Trentbarton
  • 3 Kinchbus
  • 4 Notts & Derby
  • 5 TM Travel
  • 6 Midland General
  • 7 Nottingham Express Transit
  • 8 Felix Bus Services
  • 9 High Peak Buses
  • 10 Kleanline
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links


Trentbarton Optare Excel at Stockport bus station in August 2006 Kinchbus Optare Tempo in Loughborough in April 2011 TM Travel Van Hool bodied Leyland Tiger in Chesterfield in March 2009 Nottingham Express Transit AT6/5 tram in Nottingham in July 2009 High Peak Buses Optare Excel in Buxton in May 2012

Wellglade was formed in 1986 when Brian King and Ian Morgan purchased Trent Buses from the National Bus Company in a management buyout In 1989 the business of Barton Transport was purchased23

In 1998 Wellglade purchased the Kinchbus business in Loughborough In January 2010 TM Travel of Sheffield was purchased In January 2012 Wellglade purchased Felix Bus Services

In December 2011 Tramlink Nottingham took over the running of the Nottingham Express Transit tram network In April 2012 Centrebus Bowers Coaches operation and services operated from the Dove Holes depot of Wellglade's Trentbarton were combined to form High Peak Buses


Trentbarton operates services from Bakewell in the north to Coalville in the south as well as Ashbourne, Burton upon Trent, Chesterfield, Derby, Ilkeston, Mansfield, and Nottingham It was formed when the Trent Buses and Barton Transport operations were merged2 Trentbarton mainatins a 6% shareholding in First Leicester45


Kinchbus is a bus operator based in Loughborough It was originally an independent company established by Gilbert Kinch Kinchbus operate various local services around Loughborough and some services on behalf of Leicester City Council along with their Kinchbus 2 route from Leicester to Loughborough and Skylink from Leicester to Derby via Loughborough and East Midlands Airport

Kinchbus use the slogan 'Loughborough's Finest' which is advertised across their fleet of buses, following the collapse of Nottingham based Premiere Travel in January 2013, Kinchbus reinstated their 9 route between Loughborough and Nottingham which was the first route to have the new refreshed version of the current livery and logo which have been in place since 2007

Notts & Derbyedit

Notts + Derby operates a small number of local bus services, school buses and contract and private hire work in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire They operate a fleet of vehicles, most of which previously operated with Trentbarton and Nottingham City Transport

TM Traveledit

TM Travel is a bus operator based in Halfway, Sheffield which operates passenger bus services in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire Founded in 1995 as a family-owned operation with one bus, by March 2008 it had expanded to become the largest independent operator in Derbyshire The company was taken over by the Wellglade Group in January 20106

Midland Generaledit

The Midland General Omnibus Company was incorporated in 1920 as a company in the Balfour Beatty group with a depot at Langley Mill In 1972 the company's operations were merged with those of Trent and the Midland General fleetname ceased to be used

The name was resurrected when Bargain Bus routes BB2 to Cotgrave and BB4 to Long Eaton were started in Nottingham in competition with Premiere Travel's services These were withdrawn after Premiere Travel decided to withdraw their services

The Black Cat and Ilkeston Flyer services acquired from Felix in January 2012 were to be operated by Midland General7 In practice buses of the Notts + Derby fleet operated both services and the Midland General name has disappeared from the timetables

Nottingham Express Transitedit

In March 2011 the Tramlink Nottingham consortium which Wellglade holds a 125% shareholding in, was awarded the Nottingham Express Transit 2 contract by Nottingham City Council89 In December 2011 Tramlink Nottingham took over the running of the tram network

Felix Bus Servicesedit

In January 2012 Wellglade purchased some assets from Felix Bus Services10 Felix already shared two routes with Trentbarton, these being Black Cat and Ilkeston Flyer Despite the appearance of the Midland General name in timetables,11 the former Felix journeys were operated by Notts + Derby

High Peak Busesedit

In April 2012 Centrebus and Trentbarton entered a 50/50 joint venture This saw Centrebus owned Bowers Coaches and Trentbarton's Buxton area services combined to form High Peak Buses based at the latter's Dove Holes depot1213


Wellglade also owns cleaning service provider Kleanline314


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 1980546 Wellglade Limited
  2. ^ a b History Trentbarton
  3. ^ a b Wellglade Tramlink Nottingham
  4. ^ Government Approves 19th Bus Sale of Leicester Citybus Ltd Local Government Chronicle 15 November 1993
  5. ^ FirstGroup Annual Report March 2013 FirstGroup
  6. ^ Millar, Alan February 2010 "Wellglade acquires TM Travel:" Buses Ian Allan Publishing 659: 8 
  7. ^ Mid & South Derbyshire and the City of Derby Bus Timetable Derbyshire County Council 2012 
  8. ^ NET Phase Two Preferred Bidder Named Tramlink Nottingham
  9. ^ Anticipated acquisition by Tramlink Nottingham Consortium of NET phase 2 concession Office of Fair Trading 15 September 2011
  10. ^ Wellglade to buy Felix bus services busandcoachcom 30 November 2011
  11. ^ "Felix Bus & Coach website: Bus Services" Retrieved 15 December 2011 
  12. ^ Wellglade/Centrebus join up in Buxton busandcoachcom 24 May 2011
  13. ^ New bus operator hits the road Trentbarton
  14. ^ Home Kleanline

External linksedit

  • Wellglade page on Tramlink Nottingham website
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