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Travel Merry Hill
Fate Merger
Successor Travel West Midlands
Founded 1987
Defunct 2001
Headquarters West Midlands
Industry Bus transport

Merry Hill Minibuses was the bus operating arm of the Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Dudley, England.

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History

The Merry Hill Minibus, or after 1998, Travel Merry Hill company was originally owned by the former owners of the Merry Hill Centre, Richardson Developments Limited. Originally launched in 1988 to compete with WMPTE's "Mini Buzz" service, at that time the Merry Hill Minibuses were the major form of public transport linking the surrounding areas with the shopping centre. In the early days, the fleet comprised of Carlyle Works bodied Freight Rover Sherpa diesel vehicles. An attraction to customers of the Merry Hill Minibus service was that the buses gave change if you did not have the exact fare, which was not the case with the Autofare dominated WMPTE fleet.

One of the first routes that was started was route 368/610 (Dudley/Halesowen - Merry Hill - Ashwood Park - Merry Hill - Dudley/Halesowen).

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National Express takeover

During 1997 Merry Hill Minibuses was taken over by West Midlands Travel's parent company National Express who continued to run it as a separate subsidiary. The operating centre was moved in 1999 from the back of the Merry Hill Centre to the Pensnett Trading Estate in Dudley.

Rebranded Travel West Midlands

On 17 February 2001, following a group restructuring the Travel Merry Hill services were absorbed into the main company which by now was trading as Travel West Midlands. This ended the Travel Merry Hill operation.

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