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N E Wales News 18th March 2019

posted by Ron Newbe

Unicorn Travel, Llay, Wrexham
Arrived today is YN14MVR a Scania 360EB4 / Irizar i6 which currently has 36 seats but will be reduced to 32 after two tables are installed. <PHOTO YN14MVR> <PHOTO inside> It was new in 3/3019 to City Circle, Hayes {49}.
The operators smart livery will soon be applied. Their MB Atego / UNVI Cimo YN55KWB is passing to Pats Coaches, Southsea.

Pats Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham
A2CNX a Scania K124IB4 / Van Hool Alizee has joined the fleet. It was new in 1/2001 to Birmingham Coach, Tividale as X423WVO for National Express work. In 7/2007 it went to Thandi, Smethwick where it became RUI2059 and then in 7/2010 it went to Aziz, Sparkbrook where it gained its current number. <PHOTO A2CNX>
Also joining the fleet, as indicated, above is Unicorn's MB Atego / UNVI Cimo YN55KWB. It was new in Oct 2005 to Excelsior, Bournemouth (201) before joining Unicorn Travel at Llay in September 2014.

N E Wales News - 13 March 2019

posted 13 Mar 2019, 05:23 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 13 Mar 2019, 05:32 ]

Oares Brynford, Holywell
New here is ex Bryn Melyn BX54VTM BMC Falcon 1100F - S60F. After leaving GHA in one of the auctions it went in 8/2016 to Elliots, Shepshed, Leicestershire and has now joined Oares fleet to join sibling BX54VUF which was purchased back in 2016. <Poor photo in garage being worked on>
X901PBA (Volvo B7R / Plaxton Prima) has been withdrawn since Dec 2018.

P and O Lloyd, Bagillt

The Solo YJ09EZH which was with GHA has now been given the firms excellent livery <PHOTO>. It was owned by the Local Council (Fleet 628) and operated by GHA until 7/2016 - it was returned to Flintshire County Council and stored until April 2018 - it was submitted to Auction in Manchester but not sold - it then joined the P and O Fleet last May 2018.

Voel Coaches, Dyserth, Rhyl

NH06MEH one of the pair of Volvo B12M / Van Hool Alizee purchased in January 2019 has now been given Voel full livery <PHOTO>. Sibling NH06NEH has arrived in dealer white having been converted to S70F and has seen service but it is shortly going to be painted into the orange livery.

Olympian K580RRH has been sold and has gone to a private owner hopefully for preservation.

About to arrive is Neoplan Tourliner OY67DXU which until recently was with Highland Coaches, Dalmally since new in February 2018.


Coastline Taxis Rhyl [JWS (CARS) LTD]
Solo YJ18CZL has now been repaired following the major RTC last October. For a short while it will be working the local Prestatyn service. The loan Enviro 20D YX14RZE is being returned to Mistral this week.

easyCoach / The Skiers Lodge Limited / Andrew Martin

posted 9 Mar 2019, 04:09 by Ron Newbe

The Traffic Commissioner has published his written decision following the Public Inquiry that occurred last October.

Herewith link to local news on this - LINK1

For a more detailed read - - LINK TO DECISION

Price Coaches - New Broughton, Wrexham

posted 5 Mar 2019, 08:54 by Ron Newbe

The newly arrived Decker now registered FSU807 has received the firms excellent looking livery and here is a <PHOTO>    

N E Wales News - 1st March 2019

posted 1 Mar 2019, 09:16 by Ron Newbe

P and O Lloyd, Bagillt.
In addition to the Solos on loan from Flintshire County Council which are mainly used for the Deeside Shuttle services also on loan from the local authority is MX18AVR a Peugeot Boxer 440 which currently has 15 seats (including the front passenger seat). It does have a wheel chair lift which is currently not in use and also currently does not have room for wheelchairs or buggies etc. It was new to Flintshire County Council in August 2018 and was stored until January 2019 when it went on loan to P and O Lloyd.

It is used only on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the LT1-3 services which has replaced the former 14A and 14C services on a much reduced basis.
<PHOTO1> at Rhes-y-Cae and <PHOTO2> at Pantasaph.

The two Mercedes Tourismos that arrived in December have been re-registered. BF61HCN is now 5093PO and BN11UGB is now PO11OYD. They are in the process of being finally prepared for service which includes receiving the firms smart cream livery.

The Solos (YJ07EHZ, YJ09EZG, YJ56ATK, YK05CAA and YK05CAE) that were replaced by the new batch of Solo SR's in November last year have been stored by P and O until last month and have now been returned to Flintshire County Council and it it thought they will be going for auction soon.

Beachers Coaches Limited (t/a Darren's Excursions)
Darren has changed his coach to YJ11GHY a Van Hool T915 - C51F it was new as 11-D-24942 (Eirebus, Dublin) and was owned by Arriva Bus and Coach. It has been with City Circle of Newbridge, Edinburgh Coach Lines, Metcalfe of Carlisle and more recently with Soyuz of Whitton. His former coach YJ04BYG (DAF SB4000) has gone to Arriva Bus and Coach in part exchange. <Photo courtesy of Darren>

Voel Coaches, Dyserth

posted 26 Feb 2019, 12:20 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 26 Feb 2019, 16:19 ]


Today (Tuesday 26th February) a well attended event was held in Prestatyn to celebrate 70 years of operation by this successful company based in Dyserth near Rhyl in north Wales. A coach (YT15AVF) <PHOTO1> has been given a special livery to also mark this event. Whilst at one time the firm operated a number of services in the area today the business is mainly holidays, day tours, private hire and a large number of school and college contracts. The current fleet number about 34 and are predominately coaches although there are still two Olympians and four minibuses. The latter used for feeders for the coach tours and holidays that are operated. The business is very much a family business. Melvyn, the son of the founder William Kerfoot-Davies, can be seen in this <PHOTO2> and he now takes a back seat whilst his daughter Michelle and her husband Martin have taken over day to day management of the company. There are also fourth generations of the family involved in the company as seen in this photo <PHOTO3>.

Recent additions to the fleet are NH06NEH and NH06MEH, Volvo B12M / Van Hool Alizee which were new in March 2006 to Shearings (National Holidays) and came from their last operator Hunters Executive of Clackmannan. One of these Alizees (NEH) is being upseated to 70. NH06MEH is seen <HERE> at the depot having been given the familiar orange livery but awaiting the new vinyl fleet transfers.

N E Wales News 18th February 2019

posted 18 Feb 2019, 08:41 by Ron Newbe

Pats Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham
The latest addition to the fleet is YR14HLF Scania Omni Express K400EB6 / Lahden - C63Ft - New in April 2014 to Omega, Milton Keynes. It is being given a revised gold relief livery which has yet to be completed. <PHOTO> courtesy of Keith Davies.

Price Coaches, New Broughton, Wrexham
The ex Dublin decker that recently arrived has been re-registered from SA04ERF to FSU807. I has yet to receive full vinyls.

Davies Motors, Ruthin.
Recent arrivals to this dealer are 6 Solos from Express Motors Ironically 3 of these are former GHA vehicles - NA04GHA (will not see service again), A15GHA and T289UOX.
The other Solos are V405JTO, SH51MKN and W418YAL
Also arrived is Cadet M574YEM also from Express. Apart from NA04GHA it is not clear what the future of these vehicles are.
Versa YJ09OTR has been sold to an Airport Transit company in Edinburgh. One further Versa (YJ09OTN) remains in Ruthin awaiting work to replace parts taken for the other three and it is then intended it will be sold.

N E Wales News 4th February 2019

posted 4 Feb 2019, 04:57 by Ron Newbe

Voel Coaches, Dyserth, Rhyl
Joining the fleet are NH06MEH and NH06NEH. Volvo B12M / Van Hool Alizee C48Ft They were both new in March 2006 as MX06AKY and MX06AKZ to Shearings [806/7], In 11/2015 they went to Hunters Executive, Clackmannan. They have both arrived from Scotland and are away for repaint. It is believed that MEH is to be upseated to 70.

Hutchinson, Buckley and the Buckley Town Service.
Dennis Hutchinson has operated the Buckley Town service since 2002. In 2008 a new Solo was purchased (MX58ACO) for this service which developed into two routes serving various places within the dispersed town of Buckley. The vehicle concerned was used on 11 journeys throughout the day from about 8 am to 6 pm. For a short while Hutchinson lost the contract to GHA and for an even shorter period it was operated by P and O Lloyd. He has held the contract for operating this service, which was given the service number 21(A/B), for the last three and half years.
From 1st February new arrangements are now in place and the local service has been given the route number LT4. The town service now operates only two return journeys between the Railway Station and Precinct Way (town centre) and a number of locations previously visited are no longer served.
Dennis Hutchinson's business is still operating the service but no longer with his own Solo. He is using a Peugeot Boxer MX18AWJ which is owned by Flintshire County Council. It has 15 seats but there are steps to enter and currently no provision for buggies etc. <PHOTO> It does have a wheelchair lift but the driver currently does not operate this and the seating is such that there is no room for a wheelchair. The bus was purchased by Flintshire County Council in August last year but has just seen its first use.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays the service is extended to Penyffordd and Broughton Retail Park as service LT5 and LT6. The route used is not exactly the same as operated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
A similar route from Buckley to Penyffordd has been operated by R Williams Services Limited within the Council's Community Transport Scheme. Whilst notice has been given to cancel this latter service both are operating this week.

Lloyds Coaches, Machynlleth

I have now included this interesting operator within my website. There is both a current and historic fleet list together with some aspects of the firms background. <Direct Link>

N E Wales News 28th January 2019

posted 28 Jan 2019, 11:13 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 4 Feb 2019, 04:57 ]

Unicorn Travel, Llay, Wrexham
The firm are now operating L647AYS a Volvo B10M-60 / Van Hool Alizee - C53F new in March 1994 (as HSK659) to Park, Hamilton, (10/96) Wood, Buckfastleigh; (4/00) Way, Wokingham; (4/10) Solus, Tamworth; (6/10) York, Cheslyn Hay; (4/13) Viking Coaches, Swadlincote. It is filling in on a school contract until the arrival of their new Scania coach expected in April. <Photo-L647AYS>


M and H Coaches, Trefnant, Denbigh
Solo M920 - MX05EMJ has joined the fleet. It was initially on loan from Berwyn Motors, Trevor, Caernarfon but has now been purchased. It was new in March 2005 to Tussauds (for transport around Alton Towers); later with Transdev [1261]; (9/13) with Japheth, Berwyn Motors. It has recently been deputising for the Wright Streetlites on the 1/X1/2 Ruthin to Mold (and Chester) services. <photo-MX05EMJ>

Expected next week is Mercedes Tourismo (BV10ZKD) which is to receive the new registration of M900MNH. It was new in March 2010 and was with with Clarke, Lower Sydenham until last April when it spent some time with Richmond Coaches, Lisburn. It will replace Volvo B12B / Sunsundequi Sideral PP04BUS.


Pats Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham
R10ARE (Scania L94IB / Van Hool T9 Alize [R351LPR] is now withdrawn and donating parts.

N E Wales News 14th January 2019

posted 14 Jan 2019, 08:58 by Ron Newbe

Price Coaches, Pentre Broughton, Wrexham
As predicted the N710UVR (VMW353) Volvo B10M-62 / Van Hool T8 Alizee left the fleet last week and is now with Robinson, Sea View Service, Sandown, Isle of Wight
As has been reported elsewhere SA04ERF the ex Dublin decker has arrived. It is a Volvo B7TL / Tranbus (Plaxton) ALX400 new in 2/2004 to Dublin Bus [AV369] - <PHOTO>.

Townlynx, Greenfield, Holywell
The latest vehicle to arrive is SV55FJP a Volvo B7R / Plaxton Profile new in Jan 2006 to Stagecoach (Bluebird) (53241); (7/2017) Swift, Barrhead. It is being converted to 70 seats.

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