Alder Valley prepares to split again
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ALDER VALLEY, formed out of two National Bus Company subsidiaries 14 years ago, is splitting in two again ready for deregulation.
From January 1 it will be split into two companies, one covering Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex, and one Berkshire. Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire from a head office in Wokingham.
Each will operate independently of the other with its own management and staff.
The commercial engineering activities will remain based in Aldershot, trading as AV Engineering.
The Londonlink commuter coach network will he jointly controlled by the two new companies.
Alder Valley was formed by amalgamating the former British Electric Tractionowned Aldershot and District company with the Thames Valley company.
The new companies will cover similar geographical areas to the old ones.
The southern company formed from the split plans to operate a new bus service for disabled people between Heathrow Airport and central London rail terminals.
It will be marketed as CareLine.
AV Engineering has developed a special Leyland National single-deck bus painted in British Rail livery and fitted with a front entrance wheelchair lift for the service.