The Bristol Omnibus Company is the former name of the dominant bus operator in Bristol, one of the oldest bus companies in the United Kingdom. The company once ran buses over a wide area of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and neighbouring counties. The name was in operational use until 1985. At various times in its history, the company was also known as Bristol Tramways (long after it had ceased to operate trams), Bristol Blues (even after its buses were painted green) or plain Bristol.

From 1887 to 1957, the legal name of the company was Bristol Tramways and Carriage Company Ltd. From 1999 to 2003 its legal name was First Bristol Buses Ltd, and since 2003 it has been First Somerset & Avon Ltd.


Early historyEdit

The Bristol Omnibus Company traces its origins to 1875, when the Bristol Tramways Company was formed by Sir George White to begin a horse-tram service from Upper Maudlin Street to Blackboy Hill. In 1887, the Bristol Tramways Company merged with the Bristol Cab Company to form a new company, Bristol Tramways & Carriage Company Ltd.

See alsoEdit


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External linksEdit

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