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• The largest independent bus operator in north-east England, Venture Transport Co (Newcastle) Ltd, has been acquired by the Northern General Transport Co Ltd, Gateshead, a National Bus Company subsidiary. Effective from May I, the takeover involves a fleet of 86 buses or dual-purpose vehicles operating_ (despite the company's official name) from Consett, in Co Durham.
Initially there will be no visible change in the company, which will operate in a similar way to other subsidiary companies of the Northern General Group, such as Gateshead and District and Sunderland District, retaining traditional names and separate liveries from that of Northern General. The distinctive yellow, maroon and cream livery is to be retained, and a spokesman for Northern General told CM that Venture buses will continue to be maintained and overhauled at the company's works at Blackhill, near Consett, at least initially.
Mr L. Graham, general manager, and Mr Edward Reed have severed their connection with the company and Mr T. Harrison is retiring. Mr Stan Richardson, district traffic superintendent, Consett, of Northern General, has been appointed manager of Venture Transport to replace Mr Graham.