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Go-Ahead purchases Marchwood Motorways

GO-AHEAD has consolidated its position in the Southampton area with the purchase of Marchwood Motorways for £3million with the assumption of £1.4million of net debt. The company operates 51 vehicles, with most of its service buses running under franchise to Go-Ahead’s Solent Blue Line subsidiary in an unusual but long-standing arrangement.

Most of Marchwood’s vehicles are DAFs, including 11 SB120 Cadets. The buses used on Solent Blue Line services carried that operator’s livery.

Go-Ahead says the acquisition gives it “critical mass” in the Southampton region, where First is the major operator. Prior to the acquisition Solent Blue Line operated around 80 buses.

Marchwood Motorways made a profit of £535,000 on revenue of £4.1million in the year to 31 March 2006.

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