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The Dundee Corporation took over from the Dundee and District Tramway Company on 1st June 1899. The Corporation already owned the tracks. It embarked on an electrification scheme that was started in 1900 and completed in 1902. In 1912, a trolleybus line was opened, but - owing largely to the use of solid rubber tyres - it was closed again in 1914. Dundee Corporation trialed buses again in 1921 and in 1922 they became a permanent, operating under a special Provisional Order that allowed them to operate within the city limits. The buses served new communities and would have shared route sections with trams. Although the first tram line was converted fully to bus operation in 1928, the tram network was extended until 1933.

Dundee Corporation Transport commenced in 1928, although the city kept a tramway department until at least 1932. The final operating tramline, Downfield-Blackness, was trialed with buses only in 1955 tram and the last tram ran on this line was on 26th October 1956. Changes in local government in 1974 resulted in the Dundee Corporation ceasing to exist, with Tayside Regional Council being formed in 1975. Tayside Regional Council took over the bus services but did not extend them beyond the city limits. Country bus services were left to private operators.

Dundee and District Mechanical Transport Services opened in 1919 as a vehicle sales, repair and hire company. In 1920 the company was bought by the Scottish Motor Traction Co. (SMT) [1]. In 1927 W Alexander & Sons, a bus company that was also a subsidiary of SMT, took over the Dundee-Perth service from Elliott & Begg, establishing a presence in Dundee[2]. In 1935 Alexander had sufficient operations to open a bus station in Lindsay Street, which was moved to Seagate in 1958[3]. In 1961 Alexander was split up and Dundee was assigned to Alexander (Northern). After a reorganisation in the late 1970s, this became Northern Scottish. After deregulation by the Transport Act of 1985, Northern Scottish merged with parts of Midland Scottish to form Strathtay Scottish. In 1989, Strathtay became part of the Traction Group, which was sold to Stagecoach in 2005.[4]

  1. Dundee Courier 1st June 1920
  2. Dundee Courier 13th Dec 1927
  3. https://dundeecityarchives.wordpress.com/2019/05/23/bus-stations-of-dundee/
  4. Dundee Trams & Buses, by Walter Burt, ISBN 9781445634722

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