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  Arriva Fleet Movements 22nd April 18
Posted by: B10B6514 - 18/04/2018 22:27 - Replies (32)

Been informed there are going to be a transfer of some 40 vehicles which goes as follows:-

VDL SB200/Wright Pulsar 2s 3033-3042 are leaving Southport for Chester,
ADL Enviro 400s 4637-4646 are leaving Chester for Rhyl,
VDL DB300/ Wright Gemini Pulsar 2s (aka Wright Gemini 2DL integral) 4479-4488 are departing from Rhyl to Speke
where Enviro 400s 4556-4565 will leave Speke to Southport completing the round robin.

These transfers will take place on Sunday so be up bright and early Monday to see them in service at their new depots!

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  Jones Motor Services - Flint - closes after 120 years
Posted by: DLG817 - 17/04/2018 13:10 - No Replies

After a mere 120 years the bus and coaching business of Jones Motor Services has come to an end. The business was founded in 1898 initially as a haulage business by Edward Jones. As paraffin oil was one of the significant items carried the business has since been known as 'Jones the Oil'. The business developed into motorised vehicles and by adding seats to the lorries - passengers were carried.

The works bus services to John Summers and Courtaulds together with a small fleet of service buses were sold to Crosville in 1936 but the business continued throughout the war and developed to include funeral and wedding cars, a petrol station, car sales (new and used) under the leadership of Gwilym, son of Edward. The bus and coach part of the business resumed in 1950 with the purchase of a Bedford OB.

The business established a holiday company 'Jones Holidays' involving various U.K. and European tours. In 2011 whilst Jones Motor Services still ran the holiday business the vehicles and drivers undertaking the tours were provided by Alpine Travel although the feeder for the tours was provided by Jones mainly using minibuses. In January 2017 the holiday business was sold to Alpine in Llandudno. They now operate the booking office in Flint and the coaches used retain the blue Jones Holidays livery with a new logo which is similar to the new alpine logo.

The business has been run by the 3rd generation of the Jones family, Alun, for a number of years but he has decided to retire.

A heritage vehicle – JCK892 - a Leyland Tiger Cub / Burlingham Seagull, was owned for some 40 years and was often seen in various rallies. This was sold last year to Ensign for further preservation.

The remaining fleet of 4 buses and a few minibuses used for the feeder service are believed to be currently for sale. Those vehicles that had cherished Flintshire 'DM' registrations have been re-registered to their original numbers.

I would wish Alun a long and enjoyable retirement.

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  Yelloway/Courtesy Coaches
Posted by: NorthernCounties - 13/04/2018 19:55 - Replies (2)

Ex go Goodwins YX66WLJ (now M90YEL) has just come back from the paint shop and is in Yelloway cream with black roof and is now awaiting vinyls

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  DeeBee services
Posted by: DLG817 - 03/04/2018 15:37 - No Replies

From 2009 GHA Coaches working mainly with Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) but also with Flinsthire County Council (FCC) developed a DeeBee service brand culminating in seven vehicles, all Solos having such branding. - PHOTO LINK -

However the finance available for these services progressively reduced and it became very common for these branded vehicles to be used on various other services. Two of the Solos were repainted out of the livery in late 2015. (T313/4 UOX). Following the demise of GHA in the summer of 2016 the only services remaining were the DB1 Chester - Mold via Higher Kinnerton, Caergwrle and Treuddyn. DB2 Chester to Saltney Ferry and DB4 Chester to Deeside Industrial Estate.

These contracts were awarded to Arriva Cymru Limited in 2016 until the beginning of April of this year.

The DB2 has now been discontinued.

The DB4 is now operated by Stagecoach utilising the same timetable.

The former DB1 service was jointly funded by CWaC and FCC but initially FCC did not indicate that finance was available from April.  Stagecoach were successful in gaining the contract from CWaC to start on 3rd April for a new service from Chester to the village of Higher Kinnerton.  New service numbers of 61, 61X  and 62 were given. (the 62 variation visits Hartlington Street in Handbridge and the 61X goes directly to Higher Kinnerton visiting only Doddleston).  The bus involved on this service (Solo 47624)  has received a route branding 'Dee Bee - Still buzzing into Chester from Kinnerton - Dodleston - Westminster Park – Handbridge' - PHOTO LINK 2 -

However at a very late stage FCC did find the finance and they have contracted with Stagecoach to provide a bus running from Higher Kinnerton to Mold via Treuddyn, Caergwrle and Hope with some journeys terminating at Caergwrle. The route has been given service number 65. Most timings are such that by changing at Higher Kinnerton it is possible to make the through journey.

On the first day of operation - today 3rd April 2018 - the destinations on the bus involved on the Mold journeys had incorrect spellings of Treuddyn and Mold (Mould). - PHOTO LINK 3 -

After pointing out the serious error to the driver he made a phone call and it was corrected within an hour. - PHOTO LINK 4 - A module arrived at Higher Kinnerton with an Inspector.  In addition the running board was not complete, I had to provide the driver with a timetable (which I got from the FCC website) and the ticket machine was not programmed so that no fares could be collected.

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  Arriva Click Launching in a Northern City?
Posted by: SLTRegular - 19/03/2018 10:47 - Replies (1)

Does anyone know which "City" Arriva are launching Arriva Click into in the North?

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  Stagecoach 2018/19 orders
Posted by: chester285 - 18/03/2018 09:55 - Replies (11)

Anyone any idea as to when 2018/19 orders are going to be released?

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  Y42 YVV
Posted by: motormayhem1 - 06/03/2018 23:10 - Replies (1)

Noticed this veichle parked up in someones back garden on fox bank lane in whiston.
Anyone know who it belongs too?

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  Arriva North West 54/55 Plate VDL Cadets
Posted by: MX12 KVM - 28/02/2018 10:26 - Replies (15)

As a lot of cadets have moved around in recent months, so I have set up a thread to keep track of movements.

54 Plates:

2489 CX54 DKD - St Helens
2490 CX54 DKE - Chester
2491 CX54 DKF - ?
2492 CX54 DKJ - Chester
2493 CX54 DKK - Speke
2494 CX54 DKL - ?
2495 CX54 DKN - Southport
2496 CX54 DKO - Wythenshawe
2497 CX54 DKU - Southport
2498 CX54 DKV - ?
2499 CX54 DKY - Bolton
2500 CX54 DLD - St Helens
2501 CX54 DLF - Runcorn
2502 CX54 DLJ - Rhyl
2503 CX54 DLK - Bolton

55 Plates:

2514 DK55 FWY - Rhyl
2515 DK55 FWZ - Bolton
2516 DK55 FXA - ?
2517 DK55 FXB - Bolton
2518 DK55 FXC - Chester
2519 DK55 FXD - Rhyl
2520 DK55 FXE - Bangor (on loan from Rhyl)
2521 DK55 FXF - Rhyl
2522 DK55 FXG - Runcorn (Stripped - Will be fixed eventually)
2523 DK55 FXH - Rhyl
2524 DK55 FXJ - Bangor
2525 DK55 FXL - Runcorn (No MOT - Pool?)
2526 DK55 FXM - Bangor
2527 DK55 FXO - Bolton
2528 DK55 FXR - Chester
2529 DK55 FXS - Runcorn (Away having a new engine)
2530 DK55 FXT - Runcorn (Bike Bus - away having a new engine)
2531 DK55 FXU - St Helens?
2532 - 2542 - Runcorn
2543 DK55 FYG - SORN (Birkenhead?)
2544 DK55 FYH - Runcorn
2545 DK55 FYJ - Birkenhead
2546 DK55 FYL - Runcorn (Bike Bus)
2547 - 2549 Runcorn
2550/2551 - Chetser
2552 - 2554 - Runcorn
2555 DK55 FYW - Chester

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  Happy 18th Birthday Arriva Merseyside
Posted by: buses7675 - 18/02/2018 13:24 - Replies (53)

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the purchase of MTL by Arriva!

Very significant day locally for bus services, it resulted in the creation of Glenvale Transport too and latterly Stagecoach Merseyside.

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  Nexus Move Ltd
Posted by: knutstransport - 09/02/2018 11:01 - Replies (2)

I'm not sure if Nexus Move Ltd have a different operating name but they've registered a Hail & Ride service in the Saddleworth area

PC0004977/4 Registered
Route: Chapel Road, Greenfield, Oldham to Denshaw Bus Terminus, Denshaw, Oldham via Uppermill, Diggle, Dobcross, Delph
Service number: 356
Service type: Hail & Ride, Normal Stopping
Effective date: 09 Apr 2018

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