Old Bus Tickets

Southampton Corporation & Hants & Dorset Joint Services – Bell Punch

S C T and HD_bp           From the Sidney R G Page collection

Yet another S.C.T. ticket but no need to try and guess who it was this time it’s fairly self explanatory, Southampton Corporation & Hants & Dorset Joint Services. This arrangement apparently came about due to boundary changes in 1953 which brought large housing estates into the catchment area. I like how each ticket states where from and where to I looked up Radcliffe Road and West End which are to the North East of Southampton New Inn on the other hand is a bit more tricky as there is quite a few in the Southampton area. The reverse is blank by the way.


29/05/11 – 07:23

Lovely fascinating tickets indeed, but WHAT an expensive stock keeping and clerical nightmare must have been involved, and conductors would have needed a very steady hand and good eyesight for accurate punching. In their own right though, these are some of the neatest and nicest Bell Punch tickets I’ve ever seen.

Chris Youhill


30/05/11 – 06:29

It seems really weird to see a geographical Bell Punch ticket with a Television Centre as one of the stages!

David Beilby


30/05/11 – 10:37

Re: New Inn on the other hand is a bit more tricky.
Presumably it is the New Inn at West End as identified on several of the tickets and was served by the joint route 54.


Hants & Dorset Motor Services – Bell Punch


An interesting pack of two penny Bell Punch tickets overprinted with "BCT."  I can only imagine that this was in connection with a revenue sharing arrangement with the Corporation within the Bournemouth boundaries.

Photograph and Copy contributed by Chris Youhill


18/09/11 – 10:45

These "BCT overprint" tickets were supplied by Bournemouth Corporation Transport (note that they are of typical Bournemouth design, not H&D design) for issue on H&D buses to passengers travelling solely within the Corporation area.
I have a number of these, some dating back to the 1930s od geographic type, but at present my album is missing (not lost, probably in the loft).
I am going to try to put together a bit of the story behind tickets within the Bournemouth area and have recently obtained some old (1940/50s era) tickets which have raised further questions! Some of my old H&D (H&D proper from when I lived in H&D territory but near Bournemouth) ones are overprinted with a large "X" and I am wondering if this denoted tickets with PART of the journey within Bournemouth – I do know that there were special agreements about the working of H&D routes 1 to 5. On some return tickets, an "X overprint" denoted that a passenger could return on a bus of the other company.

Bill Nichols

Hants & Dorset Motor Services – Inserted Setright Speed

Hants & Dorset Setright Insert Bus TicketAs you can see, the layout is "back to front" for the format produced by the Setright Speed machine. The ticket was issued on Sunday 25 April 1965, while I was on a school geography field course in Swanage. I think the 3/4d return journey was from Swanage to Sandbanks. (I have a second ticket, which I think I picked up at the time, showing a fare of 5/6d which could have been the through Swanage to Bournemouth journey via the Sandbanks – Shell Bay vehicular chain ferry.) Cancellation on the return journey was by printing a zero fare on the "inward" end. These insert tickets were used solely for journeys that included the ferry crossing. Everything else was printed from a standard Setright Speed roll. Presumably Hants & Dorset simply counted the number of insert tickets (single or return) issued, and sent a periodical statement to the ferry company, with a cheque representing an agreed amount per ticket. It was Hants & Dorset route 7, and if I remember correctly the the bus was a one man operated Bristol LL6B with replacement front entrance ECW body. It was one of a number with a specially cut away rear to provide clearance during the transition from the steep down gradient of the landing slip to the steep up gradient of the hinged ramp on the ferry. By definition, the LL was "L class (Long)" – i.e. 30 foot – and the rear overhang accounted for much if not all of the extra length.

Photograph and Copy contributed by Stephen Ford