Stagecoach’s Huntingdon depot closed a month before they were able to move into Whippet’s premises, the interim period seeing the undertaking move to what was effectively a large lock-up near St. Ives. That said, the new ethanol vehicles to be used on the forthcoming Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, have been making daily trips to Whippet's yard for the special organic-based diesel contained in tanks delivered to the depot from new.
Stagecoach purchased Cavalier Contracts Ltd at the start of April 2008 and with this acquisition came the Huntingdon & District (H&D) subsidiary, ironically, a company Stagecoach had owned until 1995 when it was forced to divest this and MK Metro in Milton Keynes to be able to retain its recently-purchased Cambus (and it's Peterborough-based Viscount Bus & Coach subsiditary). Cavalier had agreed to sell its H&D depot in Huntingdon prior to selling to Stagecoach and so the hunt has been on for the past year for new premises.
To view all photos taken on 5 July with a near-full compliment of Whippet vehicles in what is now the new Stagecoach in Huntingdon depot, click here. (GL)