Ipswich Transport Museum
Preserving the transport heritage of Ipswich since 1965, and now supported by the Friends of the Ipswich Transport Museum. The Ipswich Transport Museum is a Registered Charity No. 276626 and an Accredited Museum, number RD890.
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Ipswich Motorbuses

Ipswich Corporation was the last major urban operator in Britain to place motorbuses in service. Six AEC Regent double deck buses entered service in August 1950. Initially these vehicles were used to evaluate services to new Council housing estates but the rising costs of trolleybus operation led to further motor buses being delivered.

Over the next ten years a further 51 motorbuses were purchased, finally eliminating trolleybuses in 1963. At this stage the fleet consisted of 62 motorbuses, 8 being single deck. Limited expansion took place until 1966 with another five buses being delivered. The 54 AEC double deck buses were all traditionally designed with the engine beside the driver and the entrance at the rear, which required a conductor to collect the fares. Declining patronage demanded economies and from 1968 onwards all new buses were built with the ability to be single manned, allowing the driver to collect the fares. The new buses featured engines positioned at the rear, allowing an entrance beside the driver. Most conductor operated buses were eliminated by 1980. The last few 'two men' buses survived until 1986. From 1974 a new method of fare collection was introduced, requiring passengers to tender the exact fare only.

From 1968 to 1980 the majority of new buses purchased were Leyland Atlantean double deckers. From 1983 single deck vehicles became the favoured purchase, with 25 new Dennis vehicles delivered by 1986. The Transport Act of 1985 required a major change for the ownership of the town's buses. Deregulation of the bus industry required Council owned buses to 'stand alone', thus being free from subsidy by the ratepayer. On 26th October 1986 the Council's transport undertaking was formed into a limited company, Ipswich Buses Limited.