Home Site Map Back

The London Omnibus Company

Source: The Illustrated London News, Nov. 3, 1855, p.519

The arrangements for the formation of this company are progressing favourably, and it is expected that by the commencement of next year it will have completed the purchase of 500 omnibuses, for the purpose of introducing the new service. They comprise the omnibuses running on almost all the leading lines of thoroughfare between the eastern and western suburbs of the metropolis, and several of the chief north and south communications. The managers of the company (who, we understand, are two very experienced omnibus proprietors) expect to be able to introduce, at a very early date, the system of "correspondence," which has been so profitable to the omnibus company in Paris, and so beneficial and convenient to its citizens. In carrying out the same system in London, the fares, on the average, are not to exceed about a penny per mile, as it is intended that the charge between the Bank and Charing-cross or Tottenham-court-road shall be fixed at threepence. The basis of the company's operations is to be cheap fares, combined with other advantages to the community, which a large company, whose vehicles are circulating through every part of the metropolis, can alone offer. We believe that the same speed as at present will be maintained, but racing and other annoyances incident to violent competition will be got rid of. An unceasing current of omnibuses is to be kept in motion, one succeeding another as rapidly as the wants of the public may render necessary. The drivers and conductors are to wear a uniform, and each man will have a number on the collar of his coat, so that lie can at once be identified in case of misconduct. As several accounts, all more or less inaccurate, have been circulated concerning this undertaking, the foregoing statement, the correctness of which may be relied upon, will be acceptable to the public.