Stagecoach Lincolnshire is a
bus company, formerly known as Lincolnshire
RoadCar, which runs services throughout Lincolnshire.
Stagecoach in Lincolnshire is the trading name of the Lincolnshire
RoadCar Company Limited, which is a subsidiary of the Stagecoach Group
, and part of its East Midlands division
hub is Lincoln but it also has depots in Scunthorpe, Skegness, Newark-on-Trent (Nottinghamshire), and Grimsby.
company also had a depot in Grantham until 2004
when it was sold to MASS
Engineering of Sheffield.
The company's original Grimsby depot was
closed in 2006 and merged with the existing Stagecoach
depot, which is controlled from the
divisional headquarters in Lincoln.
Stagecoach in Lincolnshire use several branding schemes throughout
their service network:
- Lincoln city area services are referred to as 'Just Go'
routes, but no actual branding is carried on the vehicles, with the
exception of MegaRider adverts on most buses. Generally,
routes in the Lincoln area are provided using low-floor vehicles,
though some ex-RoadCar Leyland
Olympian and Volvo B10M step-entrance
buses remain in use.
1/1A and 2 in Gainsborough carry Lincolnshire County Council
'IntoTown' branding, as part of the county council funded
improvements to the town services, which saw brand new vehicles
introduced in 2006.
Scunthorpe town services are branded as the 'Scunthorpe
Shuttle' and a number of Optare Solo
midi-buses wear this branding on standard Stagecoach livery.
This branding was also used by RoadCar, on their standard urban
- A number of inter-urban routes in Lincolnshire are branded as
'InterConnect' in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council. As
of December 2008, Stagecoach in Lincolnshire introduced a brand new
livery that will be applied to all vehicles operating on their
InterConnect routes, all of which operate using double-deck
- InterConnect routes 5 (Lincoln-Boston-Spalding) and 505
(Spalding-Kings Lynn) are not operated by Stagecoach.
- On 23
March 2009 the 350 route between Scunthorpe and Hull was relaunched as the Humber FastCat using six
brand-new Alexander Dennis
Enviro300 single deckers, wearing a special orange livery and
running to an improved timetable. This service is jointly
operated with EYMS who
use the same livery on a Volvo B7RLE
- The remainder of routes operated by Stagecoach in Lincolnshire
are operated by vehicles in standard Stagecoach livery, without any
route branding. A small number of vehicles are still operating in
the old Lincolnshire RoadCar livery, but these are in the process
of being withdrawn or re-painted.
Lincolnshire RoadCar was formed in 1928. Under the 1968 Transport
Act it became part of the National Bus Company
. When the
Transport Act of 1985 deregulated bus services, the National Bus
Company was broken up and RoadCar was acquired by the Yorkshire Traction
Group in 1988.
RoadCar became a subsidiary of the Stagecoach Group
in December 2005, when
that company purchased RoadCar's parent company, Traction Group.
Despite fears that rural and low yield services may be withdrawn,
Stagecoach has insisted it would not cut services in the county due
to their popularity. The company now trades as Stagecoach in
From March 2006, Stagecoach issued new buses to the company, in a
bid to improve services, gradually phasing out the older of
RoadCar's buses. The new vehicles had a temporary RoadCar logo
stuck to the front and side windows, and buses from other
Stagecoach areas were seen in the area during the transition. The
existing fleet then had their RoadCar logos removed.
At the beginning of August 2006, Stagecoach caused considerable
controversy with their decision to make major changes to the bus
network in Lincoln. Some services were withdrawn without
replacement while others benefited from frequency increases.
Following a local media campaign, the company agreed to make some
changes to return services to those areas which had lost
At the same time, the company also lost a majority of its service
work in Nottinghamshire to Veolia
's subsidiary Dunn-Line
local company KJB
In Autumn 2007 Stagecoach announced the withdrawal of some services
in Louth, Lincoln and Gainsborough. The threatened services
survived after successful negotiations with the district councils
In August 2008, the companies depot in Louth was closed, with some
routes being taken over by Skegness and Grimsby depots, but a
number of contracted routes were surrendered.