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X51 Denbigh to Wrexham - Timetable from Monday 19th July now available.

posted 16 Jul 2021, 07:41 by Ron Newbe

The timetable for the X51 service from Monday 19th July until 28th August is  now available and can be found <<HERE>>
The service now sees M & H Coaches,  Lloyds of Machynlleth and Llew Jones of Llanrwst operating the service for the school holiday period.
Whilst the Denbigh to Ruthin section is now maintained hourly the Ruthin to Wrexham section is only provided on a two hourly frequency.


posted 14 Jul 2021, 07:52 by Ron Newbe

This Logo will be in on the new day ticket that from Saturday (July 17) will be valid for travel on buses across North Wales.

The adult ticket will cost £5.70, a child will pay £3.70 and holders of English and Scottish concessionary bus passes will also pay £3.70, whilst a family ticket is available for just £12.

It will be valid on North Wales buses in Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Wrexham—and on buses from North Wales to Chester, Whitchurch and Machynlleth. An exception is the service 28 between Mold and Flint. It is also not valid on tourist services operated by open top buses or on National Express coach services.

Pats Coaches news

posted 14 Jul 2021, 07:48 by Ron Newbe

Volvo B7R / Plaxton Profile SV08DHP was purchased recently in conjunction with Dan Keene an auto-electrician has now left the fleet for Sherwood Travel, Immingham, Lincolnshire.  It was obtained primarily for re-sale and has been refurbished and re-painted.  It was used by Pats for a short while.

Other moves are currently in progress and these will be detailed next week.

Some photos of the day (12th July 2021)

posted 12 Jul 2021, 09:15 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 12 Jul 2021, 09:19 ]

Today was the first day of working following Arriva withdrawing (temporarily) from working the X51 Denbigh to Wrexham (apart from some evening workings). Working the route today was M & H with Versa YJ13HJO (Ruthin to Denbigh); Lloyds of Machynlleth with Solo YJ67FZM (Wrexham to Ruthin) and Williams of Bala using Jonckheere coach FJ07ADX who did a couple of full runs. Some photos taken today at Ruthin, Llysfasi and Llandegla

Williams of Bala Jonckheere coach FJ07ADX arrives in Ruthin to work the 0859 service to Wrexham
passing M and H Coaches Versa YJ13HJO which is just about to depart at 9.03 to Denbigh
M and H Coaches Versa YJ13HJO which is just about to depart at 9.03 to Denbigh
Lloyds of Machynlleth YJ67FZM at Llysfasi
Lloyds of Machynlleth YJ67FZM at Llandegla
Williams of Bala Jonckheere coach FJ07ADX in Llandegla

Lloyds Coaches of Machynlleth have recently purchased 3 Solos from Vision Bus, Bolton. YJ14BCO, YJ14BCU and YJ14BEU. They happen to be in the same registration series as Solos purchased new by Lloyds. As Lloyds have begun working the X51 this week one of these Solos YJ14BCU has been put into service on the T3 and it was seen in Wrexham arriving at 1325. The inside has been refurbished with re-upholstered seats but a visit to the paint shop is still awaited and it is seen in its former operator's livery.

M and H Coaches have received delivery of two of their three new Solos which are intended to work the  55 Ruthin to Corwen,  76 Denbigh to Ruthin via Llandyrnog and the 45 Rhyl to Bodelwyddan.  The first bus YJ21FBA has been to the paint shop but various vinyls to complete the livery is still awaited.  The second Solo YJ21FBB is now being painted.   FBA was today working the 55 Ruthin to Corwen service.

Arriva suspend operating the X51 Denbigh to Wrexham service

posted 9 Jul 2021, 06:08 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 9 Jul 2021, 06:21 ]

Arriva Cymru have announced that from Monday 12 July they will temporally suspend the X51 Denbigh to Wrexham service.  This is thought to be due to staffing issues at the Rhyl depot. 

Denbighshire County Council have made arrangements with other operators who will provide a replacement services. These firms involve  M&H Coaches of Trefnant, Denbigh, Lloyds Coaches of Machynlleth and Williams of Bala. Arriva will provide an evening service but the 2300 journey from Wrexham will not operate.

The timetable for services between 12-17 July can be downloaded <<here>>.  This is an emergency timetable and another timetable will be produced soon for the period of the school holidays.

Arriva pre-paid tickets will be accepted on the replacement services for the duration of this change.  Timetable changes are also bing made to service 51 running between Rhyl and Denbigh and also the 11 group of services running between Rhyl and Chester.

M and H Coaches, Trefnant, Denbigh

posted 1 Jul 2021, 09:10 by Ron Newbe

Last week two new Optare Solo SRs joined the fleet with a third example still to arrive.  These three brand new buses are intended for use on the 55 Ruthin to Corwen, 76 Denbigh to Ruthin via Llangwyfan and the 45 Rhyl to Bodelwyddan Hospital via Kinmel Bay services following the award of contracts from Denbighshire County Council.   The intention is that they are to be put into the Local Authority's green and white livery similar to the StreetLites used on the Mold to Ruthin corridor.

YJ21FBA arrived in plain white but has now been to the paint shop but has yet to see service.

(Photo courtesy M and H Coaches)

YJ21FBB also arrived in plain white but has already seen service working on Saturday 26th June and Monday 28th June on the Mold to Ruthin corridor and this week on the 29 Wrexham service to deputise for the normal Versa.

YJ21FBB arriving at Mold working the 29 from Wrexham on 1st July

Inside of YJ21FBB

The 3rd example has not yet been received and is still being constructed at the Optare factory.

New page added

posted 21 Jun 2021, 09:23 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 1 Jul 2021, 09:11 ]

A new page has been added to the current operators of the area - Dale's Travel <<LINK>>

E Jones and Sons - addendum / correction

posted 21 Jun 2021, 08:15 by Ron Newbe

In the last news posting it was indicated that YN06NYU / EJS7N   (Scania K114EB4 / Irizar Century) had left the fleet but it was omitted to include that the coach has been sold to Lakeside, Ellesmere.  It appears that it may be getting a new cherished number but at this stage it is not know what it is.

Holywell Area Fflecsi

posted 21 Jun 2021, 08:12 by Ron Newbe

Flintshire County Council have issued a press release indicating that today (21st June 20121) a new Fflecsi service has been launched in Holywell.
This service will replace the current LT1-3 services that visit such places as Rhes-y-Cae, Caerwys, Pantasaph, Ysceifiog, Lloc and Carmel.   Like the other Fflecsi services that have appeared in North Wales such as Llanrwst, Prestatyn and Denbigh - to ride on the bus it is necessary to book in advance by phone or an 'app' on your smartphone.  It is demand responsive and therefore within the defined area of operation and during the hours of service you can make any journey and you will be told when the bus will arrive.  There is of course a charge but concessionary passes are valid.
For this new service I have been informed that for the next two weeks the LT1-3 services will follow their standard timetable on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays (the days of the current operation) but on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday the new Fflecsi service will operate.  From the week beginning the 5th July it will be fully operational as a demand responsive service.

The bus being utilised is FP18FEV a 16-seater Flintshire County Council owned Mercedes Benz 516CDI /  Minibus Options which has been used on the LT1-3 services since early 2019. The bus is operated by P and O Lloyd.  Unlike the buses being operated on the other Fflecsi services this bus is not low floor but does have a rear wheelchair lift.  Also it appears there are no immediate plans to give this bus the usual Fflecsi livery - it will retain its current Flintshire livery.
Today's press release makes reference to a website where it suggests that further details of the service can be obtained such as the map setting out the defined area - unfortunately at the time of this posting the Holywell service had not been added to the Fflecsi list.

N E Wales NEWS 16th June 2021

posted 16 Jun 2021, 07:44 by Ron Newbe

E Jones and Sons, Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham
Two new arrivals are:-
YN16WUV  a Scania K360EB4 / Irizar I6  -  C36Ft.  This luxury coach has a full kitchen.  It was new in May 2016 to City Circle, Hayes [129] and also served with Hallmark Coaches, Heathrow, London before coming to the firm from Scania.   <<PHOTO YN16WUV>>,   <<PHOTO INSIDE>>

YR17CYH    Scania K360IB4 / Irizar I6  -   C53FTL    It was new in May 2017 to Shaw, Coventry and is fitted with a wheelchair lift.  This also came from Scania <<PHOTO YR17CYH>>

Leaving the fleet is YN06NYU / EJS7N   a Scania K114EB4 / Irizar Century which joined the fleet in 2015.  The cherished registration is being retained.

Ian Egerton, Prestatyn
Ian now has MX59FJD an Irisbus Dailybus 45C13 / Tawe (M16).  It was new to Williams Coaches, Brecon from where it was obtained. <<PHOTO>>
Whilst withdrawn FT02FGU Iveco Daily 40C13 / Warner is being retained and may donate parts when required to the newer vehicle.

Unicorn, Llay, Wrexham
The firm has purchased for school work M140CEY  a Volvo B10M-62 / Jonckheere Deauville - S70F from Dales Travel, Kinnerton.  The Jonkheere was new as LSK871 to Park, Hamilton in February 1995; In April 1996 it was with Classic, Annfield Plain, County Durham; in May 1998 it was with Vale of Llangollen Travel where it was given the registration number VLT935; in August 2001 it was with Reay, Wigton; in October 2001 with Ian's, Nuneaton; in Feb 2006 with Lee, Langley Moor; County Durham and it went to Dale Travel; Kinnerton in September 2020.   <<PHOTO M140CEY>>

Pats Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham
The firm are now using within their fleet SV08DHP a Volvo B7R / Plaxton Profile - C49FL. It was new in May 2008 to Stagecoach [53315].  It came to Wrexham in April and is partly owned by Dan Keene an auto electrician.  The vehicle was purchased for re-sale and has been re-painted and prepared for service at Pats Coaches.  It is still for sale but is currently being used within the fleet.

The company are ensuring that their fleet have a number of vehicles which are fully PSVR compliant.  The latest vehicle to receive a wheelchair lift is Van Hool DC11DOU.  Away at this moment having a wheelchair lift fitted is Scania K440EB6 / Irizar I6 PC15CAM

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