Marshalls OP89, Carrington St Nottingham, 25-07-2017
Arriving on a "Fosseway Flyer" service 90 from Newark is this smart Optare Versa from the fleet of Marshalls, Sutton on Trent.
The route has a long history. It was originally the main route of W Gash of Newark, and was known in later years for aged Daimler double deckers as well as more modern saloons. Upon deregulation, Gash expanded rapidly with tendered work for the County Council, but over extended themselves and previously high standards of maintenance slipped, leading eventually to the demise of the company and it being taken over by (Lincolnshire) Roadcar, its' erstwhile NBC competitor.
Initially, Roadcar kept the seperate licence, but continuning issues over maintenance meant that it was eventually revoked and Roadcar took on the routes, including this one as its service 50. Subsquently, the Pathfinder company launched a service along this route (the S1R), at a higher frequency and eventually Roadcar gave up on the route. After Pathfinder was sold to NCT, the 90 number came into being, and eventually Marshalls replaced Pathfinder after NCT closed the Newark operation and rebased Pathfinder services out of Parliament St.
The founder of Marshalls, John Marshall was a driver with Gash. He has built the company into a well respected operator of both buses and coaches, and is probably one of the most "traditional" independents left in the area. He is an enthusiast, and the company has some heritage vehicles, including one of the old Gash Daimler CVD6s. The fleet numbering system is inspired by the old Gash system, and the livery is classical but smart. I remember dealing with John when I worked in school transport at the County Council, and he was always a gent - it is good to see the success of the company. Long may it continue!
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