Luton and sell to NBC?
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by Derek Moses
• At least two municipal transport undertakings may be sold to the National Bus Company if talks at present proceeding are fruitful. The undertakings are Exeter City Transport (67 buses) and Luton Corporation Transport (70 buses).
Mr. R. M. C. Baschy, general manager at Luton, confirmed that talks were taking place between representatives of the council and the United Counties Omnibus Co. Ltd. concerning the extension of the co-ordination agreement between the two undertakings or the possibility of selling Luton Corporation Transport to the National Bus Company. Luton has, for many years, operated services coordinated with those of United Counties.
What would happen to the Luton un dertaking if a sell-out took place is conjecture at the moment, although Mr. Baschy told me that United Counties was suffering from a bigger staff shortage than that experienced in Luton! A large new central works for the overhaul and garaging of all of Luton's municipal vehicles, including buses, was opened by Mr. W. M. Little, then president of the Municipal Passenger Transport Association, in August, 1963, and is one of the most modern of its type.
With respect to the Exeter City Transport undertaking, a spokesman told CM that the city council, at its last meeting, passed a resolution instructing the clerk of the council to initiate negotiations and discussions with NBC representatives to explore the possibility of selling the undertaking to the NBC.