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1978 BL put its Truck and Bus activity into a new company, Leyland Vehicles[1].

1981 Leyland Vehicles was split into three companies:[2], one of which was Leyland Bus.

1983 Closed its Bristol Commercial Vehicles operation. Bill McIver was managing director. All production moved to the Leyland plant in Workington. This left Leyland Bus with four plants in the UK and a workforce reduced from 4,800 to 4,270.[3]

1986 As part of the privatisation of BL, trade buyers were sought for Land Rover-Leyland except for Leyland Bus which would be sold separately[4].

1987 Management buy-out of Leyland Bus[5]

1988 Leyland Bus was acquired by Volvo

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 11, 1978
  2. Wikipedia
  3. The Engineer 1983/02/03
  4. Cabinet Office memo 24 March 1986
  5. The Times, May 16, 1987