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A municipal bus company is an operator of bus services owned by the local government authority. This article lists all current municipal bus companies in the United Kingdom.

Several municipal bus companies disappeared in 1968 and 1974 with the formation of the PTE bus operations.

Of the remaining municipals, post-1986 many were sold off or collapsed in the process of bus deregulation, which required their separation into stand-alone arms-length companies. A few remaining companies have accepted minority-stake holdings in their companies by private bus operating companies, as a method of securing investment.

Local Authorities Company Number of Vehicles (approx) Private Shareholdings
Blackpoolmarker Blackpool Transport 175 (and 75 trams)
Caerphilly Islwyn Borough Transport 51
Cardiffmarker Cardiff Bus 240
City of Edinburghmarker, East Lothianmarker,
Midlothianmarker, West Lothianmarker
Lothian Buses 600
Haltonmarker Halton Transport 61
Ipswichmarker Ipswich Busesmarker 71
Newportmarker Newport Transport 90
Nottinghammarker Nottingham City Transport 360 (and 15 trams operated by NET) 17% owned by Transdev
Readingmarker Reading Transport 200
Rossendalemarker Rossendale Transport 100
Swindon Thamesdown Transport 105
Warringtonmarker Warrington Borough Transport 125


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