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Stagecoach Lincolnshire is a bus company, formerly known as Lincolnshire RoadCar, which runs services throughout Lincolnshiremarker.

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.

Its main hub is Lincolnmarker but it also has depots in Scunthorpemarker, Skegnessmarker, Newark-on-Trentmarker (Nottinghamshiremarker), and Grimsbymarker. The company also had a depot in Granthammarker until 2004 when it was sold to MASS Engineering of Sheffieldmarker. The company's original Grimsby depot was closed in 2006 and merged with the existing Stagecoach Grimsby-Cleethorpes depot, which is controlled from the divisional headquarters in Lincoln.

Services

Stagecoach in Lincolnshire use several branding schemes throughout their service network:

  • Lincolnmarker 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.


  • Routes 1/1A and 2 in Gainsboroughmarker 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.


  • The Scunthorpemarker 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 'SuperBuzz' livery.




  • 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 vehicles.
    • InterConnect routes 5 (Lincoln-Boston-Spalding) and 505 (Spalding-Kings Lynn) are not operated by Stagecoach.


  • On 23 March 2009 the 350 route between Scunthorpemarker and Hullmarker 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 single decker.


  • 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.


History

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 Lincolnshire.

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 them.

At the same time, the company also lost a majority of its service work in Nottinghamshire to Veolia Transport's subsidiary Dunn-Line and 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 over subsidies.

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.

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