Around 1981, The 'Friendly Midland Red' as many knew and loved it, with de-regulation, was broken up into five parts. Midland Red, North, South, East, West and Express. These companies have undergone further name changes since. Behind the Leyland National bus is one of the notorious Ford Transit 'bread van' buses first introduced on Devon General after that company was privatised. Hard to believe that these uncomfortable, crowded and highly sprung vehicles travelled longer distances, not just local estate to town runs. It was a great relief to most bus users when they disappeared and 'real' buses re-appeared.