Well even if you do, you might not be aware of
anniversaries relating to the Midland Red bus
company in Leicester in 2017. It is:
95 years since the company’s first garage was
opened, at Frog Island.
90 years since the company’s Southgate Street
garage was opened.
80 years since the company’s Sandacre Street garage
60 years since the company’s Wigston garage was
In addition, it is 20 years since Midland Fox, the
successor company to Midland Red in Leicestershire,
was taken over by Arriva. Arriva supplies buses for
the principal service to and from Kibworth from the
garage at Wigston.
Local historian Andrew Bartlett has teamed up with
the Director of Research at the Leicester Transport
Heritage Trust, Mike Greenwood, to produce a book to
commemorate these events. ‘Midland Red in Leicester’
contains over 100 photographs and illustrations,
many of which have never been published before.
You’ll be amazed to discover how many of the
villages served by the Chronicle had their
first Midland Red bus route in the 1920s!
The book costs £8.95, and can be obtained from The