Two more NBC
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• Two more National Bus Company operations were sold off this week.
Badgerline of Weston-superMare has taken on the NBC's travel agency business National Travehvorld, complete with 80 shops around the country and a headquarters office in Manchester. Crosville Motor Services, one of the NBC's largest local bus firms with 1,169 employees, 470 vehicles and nine depots in north-west England, has been bought by ATL (Western), owned by Yorkshire PSV operator Tony Lavin.
Badgerline's chairman and group managing director Trevor Smallwood says that the National Travelworld acquisition is "a wonderful opportun ity" for his company. Badgerline, which was itself part of NBC until a management/ employee buyout in September 1986, already has major interests in the holiday and travel market, limning Roman City of Bath — a retail travel agency with five outlets in the area — and RCT International, a Bristol-based travel agency.
Lavin runs Rotherham-based bus and coach dealer Carlton PSV Sales and, through his company ATL Holdings, operators including SUT in Sheffield and Yelloway Motor Services in Rochdale.