|As significant providers in today's bus network in the east of the county
Brylaine aim to run both rural and town routes successfully and reliably
despite the constant challenges of lower passenger numbers, traffic
congestion and reductions in funding.
to the history of some operators Brylaine Travel
is a comparative newcomer to the roads of Lincolnshire, but with a
history stretching back to the early 1980s. In May 1981 Brian and Elaine Gregg started in
the transport business with the acquisition of Fenwicks
Coaches, a four coach operation based at Old Bolingbroke, a village a
few miles west of the market town of Spilsby. As can be deduced the
name Brylaine comes from the first names of the husband and wife
founders. The next purchase was the business of J E Lancaster of
Tetford, a few miles north west of Spilsby.
1987 Brylaine started to operate between Boston and
Woodhall Spa when Lincolnshire Road Car failed to register the route
after the deregulation of bus services in October 1986. Subsequently
was extended to operate through to Lincoln and for a time in the late
1990s three operators shared the departures on this route (Brylaine,
Applebys and Road Car). This grew into what is now Brylaine's showcase
hourly InterConnect 5 route from the cathedral city of Lincoln to
Boston (passing on the way through New York!).
Further expansion of
activities came through the acquisition of Hogg
International Coachways of
Boston in 1990. (Hogg's had earlier acquired the businesses and routes of Sharp of Boston
in 1977 and Milson of Coningsby in 1979).
express service deregulation in 1980 Hogg had introduced a twice
service from Boston and Spalding to London and this was continued by
Brylaine (with Skegness added) until 1999. Other firms added to the
portfolio in 1989 and 1990 included Sams Coaches and Atkins Coaches of
Skegness, which gave access to operations and a base in this important
seaside resort and holiday destination.
In 1994 Brylaine took over the operation of the town
services in Boston from Road Car, keeping the previous route numbers
58A and 58B. 1996 saw Brylaine move their main base to the ex-BRS depot in Wyberton near
Fenwick of Old
Bolingbroke was in business by 1930 with three bus routes. Two of those
went from his home village to Spilsby, by way of Hareby on Mondays and
West Keal on Fridays. The other run was to Boston on Wednesdays and
Saturdays. In 1935 three further routes were acquired with the business
and vehicle (a Reo Gold Crown) of J W Streets of nearby Keal Cotes.
However just one year later these routes and the Reo passed to Hunts of Alford.
Street's services were from
Stickford Fenside to Skegness, Boston and Spilsby. The blue and cream
liveried fleet of Fenwicks Coaches (H A and C Fenwick since 1963)
numbered eight in 1962 and seven in 1966. Included were two Leyland
Comets: GFU44 with Rainforth body (one of only two such ever built, the
other GBE81 being with nearby Gosling of Mareham-le-Fen), and HRK905 fitted
with Strachans body.
business was incorporated as Brylaine Travel Ltd in April 2001.
May 2001 saw the acquisition of two unusual vehicles for school
work, a pair of ex-Hong Kong Leyland Olympian / MCW double deckers each
seating 107 pasengers. Such vehicles lasted in the fleet until 2012.
new fleet livery of dark and light blue with red and yellow was adopted
in 2007, completed by a diagram of the company's operating area at the
rear. The town services in Boston were substantially enhanced from June 2008 with
increased frequencies and better coverage of the town, using three
slimline Optare Solos under the county brand IntoTown. But this was not without controversy as it
required the buses to traverse a narrow pedestrian street in the town
centre called Strait Bargate. There was much local protest about using
this street at the time.
Brylaine Travel became one of the
largest independently owned bus
operators in the county of Lincolnshire, with substantial schools work
as well as an extensive network of public bus services operated from bases in Boston, Skegness, Coningsby and Lincoln. Primarily
focused on Boston today's Brylaine routes include the hourly
Interconnect 5 service
between Boston and Lincoln and Interconnect 7 from Boston to Skegness.
Within Spalding, Boston and Skegness town services are provided under
the IntoTown brand. Other routes include Boston to Spalding via Kirton
(B13, half-hourly), Boston to
Spilsby (B11), Boston to Horncastle (A6A), Spilsby to Mablethorpe via
Alford (G96A), a Skegness town service (F39) and Boston to Kirton (K58).
Extension of routes came with the take-over
of the Kimes routes from Boston to Spalding via Donington (K59) and
Boston to Kirton (K58) following the
closure of the Kimes depot at Folkingham at
the end of August 2013.
Five ex-Dublin Bus Olympians also made the journey east to the Brylaine
depot and head office at Boston at that time. New smart ticketing and a new website and 'app' were introduced in August 2015.