Provincial (Gosport & Fareham)

The Gosport and Fareham company was once a part of the larger ‘Provincial’ empire, with operations at various locations in the UK. By the end of the 1960s, the Hoeford, Fareham, based operation was the only survivor, and it was sold to the NBC in 1969. As a former tramway operator, it was a ‘statutory company’ and retained its name and image, although administered as part of Hants & Dorset. In subsequent years, its current owner, First, does not seem bound by those facts to retain a separate identity!