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Stagecoach West celebrates 30 years in business

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Staff at Gloucester Transport Hub
29 November 2023
Staff at Gloucester Transport Hub

Bus operator Stagecoach West has celebrated its 30th anniversary with a 30th birthday cake at Cheltenham and Gloucester offices for all staff to enjoy.

In November 1993 bus operator Stagecoach acquired Western Travel – established in 1986 and made up of the Cheltenham and Gloucester Omnibus Company and the National Bus Company’s Swindon and District operation - forming Stagecoach West.

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In the past 30 years Stagecoach West has grown and increased its networks, acquiring Bristol Depot in 2019 and merging with Stagecoach Oxfordshire in 2021.

Rachel Geliamassi, Managing Director of Stagecoach West said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful teams and customers for making Stagecoach West the success it is today.

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"We play a vital role in thousands of people’s lives every day, taking them to work or school, to appointments or holidays and days out – a role we value and care about.

“So, here’s to the next 30 years and all the exciting challenges ahead - a time of change with the introduction of more electric vehicles to our fleet, adopting new technologies and continuing to put our customers at the heart of everything we do."


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Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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