Wilts & Dorset in Salisbury
historic cathedral city of Salisbury in Wiltshire is served by the GoAhead South Coast bus
company of Wilts & Dorset. The
original Wilts & Dorset Motor Services started operations back in 1915 and
operated until 1972 when it was merged with neighbouring Hants & Dorset. The Wilts & Dorset name then reappeared
in 1983 when Hants & Dorset was split up prior to deregulation.
subject of this video programme is the current company seen when we
visits this beautiful city. Our filming
starts in the spring of 2010 prior to the recasting of most of the
bus services and the branding of the local services as ‘Salisbury
Reds’. We see branding like ‘Pulseline’ on the vehicles, as
well as the second deregulated livery with the strap line of ‘Serving
Countryside and Coast’. The first
location is at the busy bus station where we see early morning arrivals
all over the territory. Our cameras then
take up various locations across the city to film the vehicles in
action. Locations featured, include Blue Boar Row,
Minster Street, Bridge Street and Castle Street. We also venture
out to the pretty village of
Wilton to see a number of Optare Solos in action on
routes soon to be changed. Back in the
city centre our filming continues along New Canal, Brown Street and
Street to name but a few. We conclude
this visit with a brief look behind the scenes at the bus depot in
The second part of this
programme is filmed in the spring of 2012.
Again we start at the bus station to capture the action of Wilts &
Dorset and also Stagecoach buses working in from Andover. Moving into the city centre we are able to
film the ‘Salisbury Red’ liveried buses, some of the MPD Dennis Darts have been
transferred from the sister companies of Bluestar and Southern Vectis, all adding to the
rich tapestry of buses that can be found in Salisbury. We have used similar
locations as in the 2010 visit and this adds an interesting comparison in how
much things have change in just two years.
At the time of filming the fleet was undergoing a complete renumbering –
this also adds a good deal of interest to the viewer. With further visits to the bus station we
conclude our filming on Castle Street.
There will be further programmes featuring Wilts & Dorset coming
soon, Salisbury is just the first in a series that we hope you enjoy.
|| 2010 and 2012
|| 73 minutes (approx).
|| Within UK - £16
|| Rest of world -
|| DVD -R
|| Picture Aspect 16:9