Salisbury Reds Buses

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ParentGo-Ahead Group
HeadquartersPoole
Service areaHampshire
Wiltshire
Service typeBus services
DestinationsBournemouth, New Forest, Salisbury, Southampton, East Dorset, Weymouth
Fleet87
Chief executiveAndrew Wickham
Websitewww.salisburyreds.co.uk
 
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logo
ParentGo-Ahead Group
HeadquartersPoole
Service areaHampshire
Wiltshire
Service typeBus services
DestinationsBournemouth, New Forest, Salisbury, Southampton, East Dorset, Weymouth
Fleet87
Chief executiveAndrew Wickham
Websitewww.salisburyreds.co.uk

Salisbury Reds is a sub-brand of Wilts & Dorset operating bus services in the Salisbury and Amesbury areas.

History[edit]

Mercedes-Benz Citaro with the previous "Pulseline" branding in Salisbury in July 2009

PulseLine was the name of services round Salisbury to the District Hospital and ran until 2010 when the PulseLine brand was replaced by "Sailsbury Reds" using the previous Mercedes-Benz Citaros repainted in the revised Wilts & Dorset livery with "Sailsbury Reds" branding. In addition to the Citaros, ex Southern Vectis Dennis Dart MPDs were transferred and repainted into Wilts & Dorset bus livery with branding applied.

Routes branding[edit]

Eight routes use the Salisbury reds branding:[1]

Salisbury Park and Ride[edit]

Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7RLE in park & ride livery in Salisbury in May 2008

This service began operation in March 2001 to one park and ride site, Beehive, to the north of Salisbury city centre.[2] A second site was opened at Wilton in 2005,[2] and two more followed, taking the total to four.[3] A fifth site was later opened at Petersfinger, to the south-east of the city.[4]

Initially the routes used Optare Excels in a light green and white livery. In 2005 these were replaced by new Volvo B7RLEs, also in green and white; for a short period in late 2004 the service was operated using 'more' branded B7RLEs.

In February 2011 Wilts & Dorset lost the contract to operate the Salisbury Park and Ride network to independent operator Hatts Travel.[5]

The Stonehenge Tour[edit]

Optare Spectra bodied DAF DB250 in Stonehenge Tour livery livery in Salisbury in July 2009

The Stonehenge Tour was rebranded in 2008, linking Salisbury Rail Station, the city centre and Stonehenge. A recorded commentary describes the views along the length of the route. The tour was operated by Wills & Dorset Optare Spectras, but is now run using a combination of Scania Omnidekka and Scania Olympus vehicles, which have been specially painted in a New Stonehenge Tour Livery.

Activ8[edit]

Activ8 is a joint half hourly service between Salisbury and Andover via Tidworth operated in partnership with Stagecoach South and supported by Wiltshire and Hampshire County Councils. The Activ8 brand was launched in February 2007. Wilts & Dorset primarily use specially branded Enviro 400s on the route, having previously used Scania OmniCitys and Optare Spectras.

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