Kinchline, Victoria Bus Station Nottingham
GK Kinch was a coach operator based in Leicestershire who, on deregulation, moved into local bus work, with competitive operations in Loughborough, Leicester and Nottingham. While most services were "copycat" style routes, this one was innovative in that through services between Nottingham and Birmingham had effectively gone, and this route was designed to replace them; servicing both East Midlands Airport and Birmingham Airport, as well as the NEC. I believe a couple of vehicles were branded, hence I do not have details of which one this is.
Sadly, the passenger response was poor; I rode to Birmingham on one occasion (admittedly on the first bus on a Sunday morning) to get to a rail open day at Bescot, and was the only passenger over the whole trip; thankfully, the driver was an enthusiast, so we chatted away quite happily! However, it could not last and the service was soon withdrawn.
Kinch eventually sold out its operations, the Loughborough rump ending up with Wellglade and forming the nucleus of the current Kinchbus operation.
On a personal note, my Grandmother's maiden name was Kinch, and through family history research my wife has found that I am sixth cousin to Gilbert, sharing an ancestor in Long Buckby in the late 18th Century!
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Body Builder : Duple
Body Style : Dominant 2
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