These lighter buses, which were known by the initials SOS and usually referred to as “Sosses” by our drivers and others helped us to compete effectively against the small proprietors. The others were used for spare parts. This had been achieved by the combined efforts of our staff and management and the rapid loan of buses from other companies. Even today, we still have to increase fares in order to ensure that our business remains financially viable and we can buy new buses regularly, but today increases are mainly associated with increasing fuel prices and reductions in external funding. Overcrowded travel during peak hours was a continual problem and the government’s Regional Transport Commissioner, who was responsible for directing transport during war time, introduced a permit scheme for workers so that shoppers and others were required to travel outside the peak times. ), and we’ve come a long way since the days of the separate Trent Motor Traction and Barton Buses companies were established over a hundred years ago. There were few women in the work force then and we had to provide additional facilities such as toilets for the women who did an excellent job. Increasing affluence and the availability of hire purchase meant that people spent more money on consumer goods such as washing machines, televisions and diy home improvements. In 1958, following the opening of the A52 dual carriageway by passing Borrowash, later extended to by pass Sandiacre and Stapleford as well, we introduced an express service between Derby and Nottingham. ... 102 court search results for people named "Trent Barton" in the United States. We were allowed to keep just one bus, because we had a contract to carry mail to Ashbourne, and so our service remained unbroken. Download full details and your special invite. Once you hit your cap, you can carry on travelling for free. Buses continued to be developed, having become first fully enclosed for weather protection, lower, for easier access and finally more comfortable with better quality seating, some being particularly designed to appeal to women making off peak journeys as many in those days did not go to work. The advent of television meant that people stayed at home for their entertainment and went less to the theatre and cinema, reducing our carryings. It was also cheaper and, today, forms part of our current swift route. The message was clear - the number one reason why our customers choose to use us was the friendliness of our teams. FEMALE AGE 74. Sit back, relax and join us as we retrace our steps all the way back over the course of a century…. A year short of our centenary, in 2012 we refreshed our identity following extensive research with customers and non-users across the East Midlands. MALE AGE 37. Revenue support for service networks was provided by government and local authorities to subsidise bus services and it became necessary to make considerable changes to our network to match the services more closely to the number of people who wanted to travel. Usually an operator with a licence for a service was protected from competition and the new system was quite restrictive. In 1989, the business of Barton Transport Ltd, established in 1908 was acquired because the family had decided they wanted to sell. These ran successfully until the mid eighties, when changes in legislation meant that this was no longer appropriate and the operations were separated, the Corporation bus undertaking later passing into the private sector and now run by Arriva. Just tap on at the start of your journey, and tap off before you leave. The chassis for this bus was made by Tilling Stevens of Maidstone, Kent and we soon obtained more of them to restart our suspended services. Many conductors retrained as drivers and as the unsocial hours that the job required meant there was often a staff shortage, there were fewer redundant conductors than one might expect. The Wednesday afternoon outings were because in the past shops had an early closing day in the middle of the week, to give shop workers some time off. Location. View more.