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December 14th 2000 saw the end of the Wycombe Bus Company, an operating division of City of Oxford Motor Services and part of the Go-Ahead group. The operations have been acquired by Arriva the Shires under the operational name 'Arriva serving the Shires and Essex'. The deal is part of an exchange between Go-Ahead and Arriva nationally, where Go-Ahead are acquiring the Gilmoss depot and operations of Arriva Merseyside, which the OFT has forced Arriva to sell as a consequence of its acquisition of MTL. Oxford originally acquired Wycombe Bus around 1991 when it was part of Len Wright's BeeLine operations, which were broken up and shared amongst several buyers - becoming Stagecoach Hants & Surrey, British Bus (now Arriva) Guildford & West Surrey, Newbury Buses and Reading Buses. The remaining Bee Line operations ultimately went to First Group, but not before they acquired the Slough routes of the ailing London Country North West, then under Luton & District control. Slough and High Wycombe had one thing in common, they both had operations shared between what was once the country area of London Transport and the former Tilling operations of Thames Valley. Wycombe has now followed Slough in consolidating the operations under one operator, this time it is 'London Country North West' as the victor - or Arriva the Shires as that operation has now become. Some early consolidation had taken place when Arriva acquired Motts' Yellow Bus operations and route exchanges between the Go-Ahead company and Arriva resulted in most rural services ending up in Arriva hands - with the notable exception of routes to Thame and Reading - and town services with Wycombe Bus. In 2000 Wycombe Bus assumed responsibility for the Oxford - Wycombe section of Uxbridge - Oxford service 300 from Arriva, as route 275. Now Arriva has it back.

The acquisition will go some way to solving the difficulties Wycombe Bus faced with an eviction order hanging over its combined depot and Bus Station with redevelopment due in the area shortly. However, the Lincoln Road premises of Arriva are unlikely to be able to hold both fleets. Indeed, Arriva has some vehicles outstationed at Tesco in Amersham.

Wycombe Bus vehicles have quickly acquired Arriva Shires & Essex fleetnames, whilst native Wycombe based vehicles still operate with little hint of Arriva ownership in Shires old blue and yellow colours, though more and more of the fleet is now acquiring Arriva corporate livery. The first 3 pages show pictures taken shortly after the acquisition and later pages are earlier photos. Future photos of buses repainted in Arriva livery will eventually appear in Arriva the Shires pages.
Wycombe Bus Company Volvo B10B Verde N415NRG
Affirming its new Arriva identity is Volvo B10B, 627 (N415NRG), recently transferred from Oxford and usually used on longer routes than the 326. Across the road is the local Rover dealer - also part of Arriva. Coming up behind is new fellow fleet member, Arriva the Shires 5110, one of the Northern Counties bodied Olympians acquired from Ensignbus by London Country North West, and still in Chiltern Rover livery, with scant mention of Arriva!
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Wycombe Bus Company Lynx, Dart & Olympian
Saturday 16th and a selection of Wycombe Bus vehicles circle outside the Bus Station. The Lynx is 301, distinguished by its 326 branding. The Olympian shows clear signs of new ownership, but low floor branding on the front of the Dart leaves little room for Arriva logos.
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Wycombe Bus Company Dennis Dart SLF N521MJO 421 (originally 521) registered accordingly as N521MJO, is one of the few machines bought new by Wycombe Bus, who have survived on Go-Ahead cast-offs from London, Oxford and Brighton. The batch of low-floor Darts was bought for the 313 services as part of a Quality Partnership with the local authority.
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Wycombe Bus Company Mercedes 811D H189RWF 703 (H189RWF) is one of the few survivng Mercedes passing into Arriva ownership. The Reeve Burgess bodied Mercedes 811D was new to London Buses as MTL3.
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Wycombe Bus Company Leyland Olympian Alexander G232VWL 232 (G232VWL) is on the recently enhanced 316/317 services to Maidenhead - now half hourly. The route goes via Bourne End and parallels the Thames Trains service to Maidenhead. In recent months, forced closure of Cookham Bridge resulted in Go-Ahead owned Wycombe Bus transferring passengers to Go-Ahead owned Thames Trains to enable passengers to complete their journeys. Will that be as easy to arrange in the future - not that it was easy first time round!
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