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N E Wales News - 26th June 2020

posted 26 Jun 2020, 06:17 by Ron Newbe

E Jones and Sons, Rhosllanerchrugog

Newly acquired are :-

YN14EDV a Scania K360EB4 / Irizar – C70F New to Attain, Witton [fleet no. S3], in July 2014, from where it was obtained.
YP09NRF a Scania K360EB4 / Irizar - C53F 2009/05 2020/06 New in May 2009 to Doigs, Glasgow, in October with 10/2013 Attain, Witton [fleet no. E7] from where it was obtained.

These two vehicles are being prepared for service.


Routemaster for Hire, Llay


Joining the fleet is RM1214 (214CLT) - AEC Routemaster / Park Royal – H36/28R. New to London Transport [RM1214]. In Nov 1997 went to Tony Blackman Halifax (Halifax JOC / Yorkshire Heritage Bus Co.). In June 2018 with Cribb, Rochester (The Old Red Bus Company).
The proprietor of Routemaster 4 Hire is making a series of videos to show the preparation he is making for the bus to enter service.  <<LINK to VIDEO>>


Sad News – Eddie Chaloner

I have received information that Eddie Chaloner has recently died. He who was the owner of D Chaloner and Son, Moss, a firm that started in the 1920s until it was sold to GHA in April 2003 when Eddie retired. <<LINK to page on D Chaloner and Son>>

Unfortunately this news comes shortly after the news that we have recently lost the founder of Eagles and Crawford – Frederick Eagles.


Service increases in North East Wales

Very little service increases have so far been announced. However most operators are starting to re-licence their vehicles as there is short period when the schools return. Inconveniently this happens on 29th June so operators are having to re-licence buses and coaches for the whole month of June with only two days left.

The only known changes to Arriva Cymru service in the last few weeks mainly involves the Hawarden (Chester) depot for services worked primarily in England. The 15 Saughall service has resumed and the 1/1A Blacon services now require two vehicle with frequencies having risen from half hourly to the previous 20 minutes.  For a short period Arriva Wrexham depot vehicles (with Hawarden drivers) undertook the Sunday services normally operated by Hawarden. This involved some additional positional journeys to and from Wrexham to Chester. The decision was taken to revert to normal working but for a limited period Hawarden depot still had to operate the positional journeys running between Chester and Wrexham on the 1 until the timetable could be revised. These journeys ended on 14th June.

Changes known for Stagecoach into North East Wales include the increased frequency of the 5 Ellesmere Port to Mold service which now reverts to hourly (from 2 hours). The 61/2 service to Higher Kinnerton is restored. The 16 Saltney service has now a frequency of 20 minutes (from hourly).

Flintshire CC have from June 22nd recommenced the LT7 (Mold to Hope - operated by P and O Lloyd) and the LT8 (Caergwrle to Broughton - operated by R Williams). These now have a temporary timetable.

Pats Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham

posted 16 Jun 2020, 05:44 by Ron Newbe

Two coaches have recently arrived from Moseley (dealers) Wellington.  They are:-
Van Hool T915 / Van Hool Alicron    C49FT - new in August 2011 to Rover European, Horsley; (10/13) Ridlers, Dulverton;
Van Hool T916 / Van Hool Astorn    C57Ft   - new in July 2011 to Taw & Torridge, Merton; (9/14) Westway, Raynes Park; (6/17) Alexander, Pencoed;
They are in the process of receiving the company's livery.

N E Wales News 23rd April 2020

posted 23 Apr 2020, 09:51 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 23 Apr 2020, 10:35 ]

Service Changes to take place from Sunday 26th April.

Another round of cuts are being made next week mainly by Arriva.  These are detailed at <LINK> and individual timetables can be downloaded for each of the services.

The headline issue is that Arriva will no longer operate the X51 Denbigh to Ruthin service (the Wrexham extension was dropped from 5th April).  However the X51 service will now be provided by Lloyds Coaches of Machynlleth and one of the two vehicles that to date have been operating the 55 (Corwen to Ruthin ) and the X5 (Corwen to Wrexham) services will be utilised.  To facilitate this the X5 service will no longer operate from Monday.
Reductions by Arriva in the Wrexham area will involve the Wrexham to Chester service which is reduced to hourly as is the 3 Penycae service.  The Llangollen service will only be operated by one vehicle (from two) and the frequency reduced to 80 minutes.  The 12 Brymbo service is also being reduced by 50% to hourly.
The Mold - Chester corridor will now have only an hourly service with the 4 operating two hourly as will the X4.  The Connah's Quay service is also being reduced from 30 minutes to an hourly frequency (Mondays to Fridays).  The Sunday service is being reduced such that only one vehicles will be required and this will operate on a frequency of 90 minutes.
In Rhyl the circular services will now run with only one vehicle and will be a two hourly service each way around.  The Denbigh service is reduced form 30 minutes to hourly as is the Llandudno service.  The Rhyl local service will continue to worked by one vehicle but instead of working the group of 83, 83A, 84 and 84A services it will just run a 30 minute frequency on the 85 service.

Wrexham Coach Operators salute the NHS.
Last Thursday at the 8 pm NHS 'clapping time' eight Wrexham based operators brought their vehicles to the Wrexham Maelor Hospital and with their lights flashing and horns sounding they saluted the NHS workers which was well received. At one time NHS workers were seen clapping the coach operators!!! Those involved were Price Coaches of Pentre Broughton (it was Rebecca Price who originally conceived this idea), Lloyds of Machynlleth (Charlie Williams bringing a service bus out-stationed in Ruabon), Strafford Coaches of Minera, Unicorn Travel of Llay, E Jones and Sons of Rhosllanerchrugog, George Edwards and Son of Bwlchgwyn, Acton Coaches and Pats Coaches.  Well done to them all.  A number of photos have appeared on Facebook but a video can be found on the local newspaper site <LINK>.  Perhaps a special mention to the decor on the Unicorn coach which I understood took some considerable time.

N E News - 6th April 2020

posted 6 Apr 2020, 11:09 by Ron Newbe

Operators are forced to take vehicles off the road

This depressing time sees various operators either closing or effectively mothballing their vehicles by statutory off road notification which of course can be seen on-line by searching the DVLA website. My research on this website in the last few days shows the following tragic state :-

The following operators have SORN most of their fleet (and in some cases all of the vehicles):-

Alun Andrew, Mostyn - 1 vehicle SORN leaving just 2 available

Davies Leeswood – All vehicles SORN

E Jones and Sons, Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham - All vehicles SORN

Eagles and Crawford, Gwernymynydd, Mold – all vehicles with the exception of 2 (MX55EXB and P993NKU)

Egerton, Prestatyn – his one vehicle SORN

George Edwards and Son, Bwlchgwyn - all vehicles with the exception of 2 (BN11UGN and OXL988)

M and H Coaches, Trefnant Denbigh – 11 coaches SORN – leaving 2 (M222MNH and M900MNH) and 2 service buses SORN leaving 7. [One of the service buses SORN is Versa YJ13HJO]

Oares of Holywell - all vehicles with the exception of 2 (MF08BWY - Vauxhall Vivaro and YK53HLV Vario / Beaver)

P and O Lloyd, Bagillt, Holywell 8 school coaches remain taxed together with 13 of his own service vehicles plus the Flintshire loan vehicles used on the Deeside Industrial Estate services.

Pats Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham – all vehicles with the exception of 4 coaches (405UPJ, YR13PNX/Y, YT68GWW) and the Versa service bus used on the 146 (YJ13HHX)

Price Coaches, New Broughton, Wrexham - all vehicles with the exception of 2 (KIG9499 and PCZ5691)

Strafford Coaches Minera, Wrexham - all vehicles with the exception of 2 (GS18GAS and TS55GAS)

Unicorn Travel, Llay, Wrexham - all coaches with the exception of RW19UTW

Voel Coaches, Dyserth, Rhyl – all vehicles except for 2 coaches (PE12OXJ and YN14PMY)



Further Service Revisions

In addition to the service revisions outlined in my last news (30th March 2020) Arriva have announced further reductions which are summarised below.  The Arriva website provides individual timetables that can be downloaded.  <LINK>

Arriva Wrexham depot

1 Wrexham to Chester - frequency now reduced further to 30 minutes from 20 minutes – Sunday services are the same frequency but service finishes earlier in the evening.

12/12A Wrexham to Brymbo – the Arriva Service Information bulletin suggests this service is reduced to 40 minutes but the linked timetable and the actual frequency observed via BusTimes shows this is still a 30 minute frequency.

21 Wrexham to Summerhill – the frequency remains the same and there is an extra journey at 1811

Oswestry and Cefn Mawr

In my last news I omitted to mention the 2 Cefn Mawr and Oswestry services operated by Arriva Midlands (Oswestry depot). Currently there is an hourly service from Oswestry to Wrexham serving Cefn Mawr on both the 2 and 2A giving a frequency of 30 minutes for most of the route. IT is an hourly service on the 2 only on Sundays.


Arriva Chester (Manor Park) depot

1A – Blacon – reduction of frequency on Sundays to 60 minutes from a more frequent service of between 24 to 30 minutes on what was a complex timetable.

3 Broughton to Chester – same frequency but a loss of the first 0526 journey

4 Mold to Chester – Sunday service reduced from 30 minutes to 60 minutes

10 Chester to Connah's Quay – loss of 3 evening services


Arriva Rhyl depot

11 Rhyl to Chester – frequencies remain at 60 minutes but timings are totally changed to xx00 from Rhyl (previously xx10) and now xx20 from Chester (previously xx45). Similarly Sunday timings completely changed

12 Rhyl to Llandudno frequency reduced to 30 minutes (from 20) weekdays and Sundays.

35/36 Rhyl circulars have minor changes to times on a few journeys

51 / X51 This service no longer extends beyond Ruthin to Wrexham. Frequencies between Rhyl and Denbigh remains at 30 minutes and Denbigh to Ruthin at 60 minutes but timings completely changed.

76 Denbigh to Llangwyfan – this service for workers at the former Llangwyfan sanatorium is no longer operated by Arriva but is now operated by Denbighshire County Council using their staff and vehicles.


Whilst outside my normal area of N E Wales – the following services operated under the wing of the Bangor depot maybe relevant:-

13 Llandudno to Prestatyn  – frequency remains at 60 minutes but timings changes

14/15 Conwy to Llysfaen – significant reduction to only 5 journeys (from 12)

27 Conwy to Tan Lan – reduction from hourly to two hourly.

And of interest

3/3B - the former service running from Pwllheli – Porthmadog – Blaenau Ffestiniog now only runs from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog and now only requires a PVR of 1 vehicle. It is understood that the Pwllheli outstation has therefore been closed and the bus running this service starts and finishes from Bangor each day.


Denbighshire County Council

This local authority have announced some reductions in their own operated services in the Ruthin and Llangollen area. The 172 (Derwen / Clawddnewydd / Cyffylliog),  the 173 (Ruthin Town Service) and the 176 (Bryneglwys / Graigfechan) will only operate on Fridays and the newly numbered 192 [previously 191] Melin y Wig / Corwen/ Carrog/ Llangollen and the 198 (Llangollen / Llantysilio/Pentredŵr) will only operate on Thursdays. A 16 seater will be used for the Thursday services as opposed to the previous 8 seater.  Full details <HERE>


BusTimes.org

This facility is of course of even more value to enthusiasts. Fortunately there is some good news to report in that vehicles based at Oswestry Arriva depot are now appearing on the tracker.



N E Wales News - 30th March 2020

posted 30 Mar 2020, 09:56 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 30 Mar 2020, 10:53 ]

Now that I am in the second week of my forced confinement I now offer a summary of the changes to bus services that have recently occurred in North East Wales.

Without minimising the debt owed to all key workers especially those in the NHS I would like to acknowledge and pay tribute to all those working currently in the bus industry who are clearly working under very difficult circumstances.  I offer my personal best wishes to the various operators in my area who I am not currently visiting but nevertheless are very much in my thoughts.

Arriva were the first operator in the area to reduce services which they implemented from 23rd March. Sunday services appear not to have changed but Monday to Saturday services have been reduced mainly to about 50% of their previous frequencies.

Arriva - Wrexham (Caego) depot

1 – Chester service reduced to 20 minutes.

3-4-4A Penycae services – now only 3 circular service running at a frequency of 30 minutes.

5 - Llangollen now a 40 minute frequency (PVR of 2 not interworking with 41A as previous)

7-8 Caia Park services– only 7 circular service running with a frequency of 30 minutes

11 Minera - now hourly frequency

12 – 12A Brymbo - now only 12 service running (via Hospital) at a frequency of 30 minutes

14 - Brymbo – still a frequency of hourly.

21- 21A - Summerhill    only 21 service running (via Mold Road) on an hourly frequency

27 - Mold reduced frequency of 2 hourly

33 - Llay – now only hourly service (from 20 minutes)

35 - Plas Goulborne – retains 30 minute frequency

41A – Wrexham Industrial Estate  Operating to normal hourly timetable but not working interworking with 5 Llangollen service.

Interestingly a significant change in the method of operation  for the Wrexham depot is that a vehicle will now continuously work a route when previously the Wrexham depot bus schedules were such that buses worked various services during the working day (with the main exception of the Chester route).


Arriva Chester (Manor Park) depot

1-1A-15 Blacon and Saughall services – now Arriva only operate the 1 service with a frequency of 30 minutes (PVR =1). Stagecoach have also reduced their contribution to this jointly run service.

3 – Chester to Broughton   reduced to half hourly

4-X4 Chester to Mold  each service reduced to 30 minutes

10-10A Chester to Connah's Quay and Flint. 10A extension to Flint not operating and the 10 running (to Connah's Quay) retains its 30 minute frequency.


Arriva Rhyl depot

11 – 11C - 11M - Rhyl – Chester services now an hourly frequency with the northern part visiting Mostyn as an 11M.

12 Rhyl Llandudno – reduced frequency of 20 minutes

35/36 Rhyl circulars. Now an hourly frequency in each direction (PVR 2)

51/X51 Denbigh – Ruthin – Wrexham. Frequency of 30 minutes to Denbigh with every other timing running initially as a 51B (via St Asaph Business Park) and then becoming an X51 and running to Ruthin and Wrexham (hourly as normal).

83-83A-84-84A Rhyl local services – reduced by 50% with each service being run every 2 hours (PVR = 1)

76 Denbigh - Llangwyfan   The evening service has been withdrawn by Arriva but the service is still being operated by Denbighshire County Council using their own vehicles,


Stagecoach Chester

16 Chester to Saltney  -  Service now hourly from a 15 minute frequency.   (Change effective from 28th March)

5 Chester to Wrexham via Holt and Farndon - Frequency of journeys to Wrexham remains as previous timetables.

5 Ellesmere Port - Mold.  Service now reduced to two hourly during most of the day.


Other Operators – most reduced services only started on Monday 30th March.


Lloyd Coaches Machynlleth.

T3 Traws Cymru service Wrexham to Barmouth. Services previously leaving Wrexham at 1215, 1315, 1615 and 2030 no longer operated. (1515 service now operates at 1530). Services previously leaving Dolgellau at 1020, 1120, 1620 and 1735 no longer operated.

T12 Traws Cymru Connect Machynlleth to Wrexham. The extension from Oswestry to Wrexham is now suspended.

55 / X5 Ruthin – Corwen and Wrexham - no significant change to service.

One significant change is that the free travel scheme on TrawsCymru services at weekends is suspended - much to the relief of drivers and operators.


M and H Coaches, Trefnant, Denbigh

1-1A-X1 Ruthin to Mold (and Chester) PVR reduced from 2 to 1 with now no extension to Chester and only 4 journeys each way with 2 of them running as 2 (via Eryrys and Maeshafn)

21 Abergele to Colwyn Bay   and   43 Abergele to Llangernyw  both reduced by 50% (PVR from 2 to 1) such that only 2 journeys on route 21 and 3 journeys on route 43

29 Mold to Wrexham reduced to 3 journeys

45-46 Rhyl - Glan Clwyd Hospital (and 47 – Brynhedydd) service reduced by 50% (not 47 service normal)

66 – Denbigh Town and Henllan service and 76 Denbigh to Ruthin via Llandyrnog    Both services reduced by about 50% such that two vehicle working now reduced to one.


P and O Lloyd, Bagillt

Flintshire services LT1/2/3 (Holywell area) and LT7 (Mold to Caergwrle via Treuddyn) now suspended.

8 - Mold to Sealand Manor reduced to 2 journeys and only runs M W and F.

9 - Connah's Quay to Broughton reduced to 2 journeys and only runs Tu and Th.

14 - Mold to Denbigh 1315 from Mold and 1410 from Denbigh no longer operating  - All Saturday services all suspended

18 - Flint to Rhyl and Prestatyn via Talacre and 19 Flint to Rhyl and Prestatyn via Trelawnyd.   Services reduced by about 50% -  All Saturday services all suspended

22-22A - Holywell local services - a few journeys suspended – 1037, 1055, and then all services after 1425, (1437, 1455, 1505, 1544, 1605, 1625, 1637, 1655, 1705) except for school time journeys at 1518.  All Saturday services all suspended

126 Mold to Holywell Certain journeys suspended 1047, 1247, 1450 and 1620. Saturday services all suspended

23  - (Greenfield to Holywell Hospital) and 14A (Holywell to Caerwys) both suspended.


Pats Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham

146 - Wrexham to Whitchurch service – running normally


Townlynx, Greenfield, Holywell

6 - Mold to Pantymwyn  - 50% of journeys suspended (0930, 1030, 1230, 1635)

28 - Mold to Flint. New timetable – ex Flint 0655, 0800, 1045, 1345, 1645 and ex Mold at 0710, 1010, 1310, 1540, 1610, 1810)

40 Prestatyn Town Service – operating as normal


Tanat Valley, Llanrhaedr-Ym-Mochnant,  Oswestry

T12 Machynlleth to Wrexham - the extension from Oswestry to Wrexham is suspended.

64 Llangollen to Glyn Ceiriog, (only operated until 31st March as service transfers to Llew Jones of Llanrwst)  service appears to be operating as normal


Valentines Travel Solutions, Ruabon

TL1-2-3 (Wrexham Town services) Running normal with afternoon school journeys now converted to normal passenger journeys.


Hutchinson, Buckley

LT4 Buckley Town Service    -  service suspended


R Williams, Flint

LT8  Caergwrle to Broughton Park   -  service suspended


Fleet news

Clearly there is not much fleet changes occurring at the moment.  The only news relates to :-

Pats Coaches  Southsea, Wrexham

Versa YJ13HHX has received a re paint but the vinyls have not been able to be completed and therefore it is in service with a white livery.




Townlynx Limited and Leeway Bus Company

posted 12 Mar 2020, 10:10 by Ron Newbe

The company, its Directors and Carol Lee who had an Operators Licence (for 4 vehicles) in her own name were called to a Public Inquiry recently - the result has been published in N & P issued today :-

Public Inquiry (81309) held at Penrallt, Caernarfon, on 28 February 2020 commenced at 10:30 (Previous Publication:(2238))
PG1113075 SN
TOWN LYNX LTD
Director(s): CAROL LEE, STEPHEN LEE
COETIA LLWYD, NORTHOP ROAD, MILWR, HOLYWELL, CH8 8BE
S17 - Formal warning with regard to the need to better understand the rules in relation to bus registration.


Public Inquiry (81310) held at Penrallt, Caernarfon, on 28 February 2020 commenced at 10:30 (Previous Publication:(2238))
PG1017247 SN
CAROL LEE
CAROL LEE
COETIA LLWYD, NORTHOP RD, MILWR, HOLYWELL, CH8 8BE
S17 - Licence revoked with immediate effect

No further details are available.

N E Wales News 9th March 2020

posted 9 Mar 2020, 10:01 by Ron Newbe

Pats Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham.
PC20PAT the new Temsa MD9 Executive Coach (C34Ft) arrived last Tuesday and saw service immediately the following day. It is currently used regularly on the Reaseheath College run. It has been given partial vinyls - with the twirls still to be added - <PHOTO PC20PAT>
S888STS (Mercedes Benz Atego 1018L / UNVI Cimo) has gone to Arriva Bus and Coach in part exchange for the new Temsa.
Also leaving the fleet is R10ARE Scania L94IB / Van Hool T9 Alizee. It regained its original registration number R351LPR on leaving. It came to Pats in August 2014 from Oares Coaches. It has gone to AH Sleepers Ltd., Yaxley, Peterborough.

Voel Coaches, Dyserth, Rhyl

The recently arrived Volvo B12B / Plaxton Panther YN10AAY has been re-registered to 7488VC.
The three withdrawn Volvo B10M-61 / Van Hool T8 Alizees F168RJF, F674TFH and A605GAP have all now left Voel to a scrap merchant in Wigan. The 4th - A604GAP - has now been withdrawn and is expected to leave soon.

easyCoach - The Skiers Lodge Limited - TSL (Wales) Limited - Express Airport Transfers (Europe) Limited - Andrew MARTIN
Following the demise of the easyBus and easyCoach operations in the Wrexham and Shrewsbury area the Traffic Commissioner for Wales held a Public Inquiry in October 2018. The result of this Inquiry was revocation of the licences and Andrew Martin the person behind the firm was disqualified for a certain period from holding or applying for an operators licence or being a Transport Manager. An appeal was made by Andrew Martin and the companies concerned against this decision. This Appeal was heard in June 2019 and whilst the period of the disqualification was varied for a technical reason the significant elements of the Traffic Commissioner's decision was upheld and the appeal dismissed. The full details of the decision of the Upper Tribunal can be read at <LINK> . This document does give a very good summary of this very unhappy saga.

N E Wales News 25th February 2020

posted 25 Feb 2020, 07:57 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 25 Feb 2020, 08:10 ]

Voel Coaches, Dyserth, Rhyl
Arrived this week is YN10AAY a Volvo B12B / Plaxton Panther - C53F. It was new in March 2010 to Minsterley Motors, Shropshire and in August 2018 it was with Golden Travel, Hayes. It will stay in its original livery for a number of weeks until an opportunity arises for it to be re-painted.

I was a bit premature indicating that both the 36 year old Volvo B10M-61 / Van Hool Alizees were withdrawn and about to leave. A604GAP is still in use albeit a spare coach and will do so until its MoT runs out on 9th March. It will then join the other three similar models which are currently available for sale.

Pats Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham

Arriving next week will be a new Temsa MD9 Executive 34 seater Coach which will carry the registration PC20PAT.
Vinyls have now been applied to the new team coach which has also now received the registration of the former Volvo team coach V11PPC which has reverted to its original number FC07MCF (it once was the Manchester City team coach). As can be seen from the two photographs <team coach ns> <team coach os> the new vinyls are somewhat subtle and only show clearly in strong light. The photographs were taken just before the new registration plates were applied.
The Mercedes Benz Atego 1018L / UNVI Cimo that was carrying the registration KEZ8765 has now reverted back to S888STS and may be offered for sale soon. The KEZ8765 registration has now been applied to the Mercedes Benz Vario O816D / Ferqui Toro that was formerly YX57BZM. <PHOTO KEZ>
The Versa YJ13HHX was not available for the 146 Wrexham to Whitchurch service yesterday and the substitute on the route was YR13PNX - Scania K360EB4 - Irizar I4 <PHOTO YR13PNX-146>

Davies, Leeswood, Mold
The Volvo B12BT / Van Hool - WA08AOZ which arrived last week has had vinyls applied <WA08AOZ>. It is hoped the coach will receive the normal white livery a little later in the year.
SUI6773 (Dennis Javelin / Marcopolo Explorer) has been sold to Davies Motors, Ruthin - but to date it has not been collected.

George Edwards and Son, Bwlchgwyn, Wrexham
The Tourismo that was acquired from P and O Lloyd in December last year has lost its cherished number PO11OYD and has reverted to its original number of BN11UGB. <Photo BN11UGB>
YJ04HHT (DAF DE40XSSB4000 / Van Hool T9 Alizee) which was obtained new by the firm in June 2004 has been sold to Bibby's of Ingleton.

Routemasters 4 Hire, Llay
Whilst not being owned by the firm Routemasters 4 Hire the former Stagecoach East London TA601 (LV52HHL) has arrived at their premises. It is privately owned and is being preserved in the traditional red livery. The Dennis Trident / Plaxton ALX 400 was new in December 2002 and left London in July 2010 to join the Peoplesbus of Liverpool fleet. It still wears that livery. <photo LV52HHL>. Whilst the firm will be assisting with the preservation it is not clear at this stage whether it will be used by the firm as is the case with RM2213 (CUV213C).

Former GHA Coaches Dart
SF04ZXC a Transbus Dart SLF joined the GHA Coaches fleet in September 2011. Shortly after the demise of the firm in 2016 it was recovered on behalf of a finance company and an unsuccessful attempt was made to sell it. In November 2017 it eventually went to an auction in Whitchurch and was bought by Davies Motors of Ruthin. (The two former Directors of GHA). It has been stored at their premises in Ruthin but has just been given a white livery at the premises of the former easyCoach business in Rhosymedre. It is assumed that it will be offered for sale shortly.

N E Wales News -18th February 2020

posted 18 Feb 2020, 07:59 by Ron Newbe


Davies, Leeswood.
Newly arrived is WA08AOZ a Volvo B12BT / Van Hool - C53Ft. It was new in March 2008 to Berry, Taunton and joined the fleet of Young's Coaches of Haddenham, Cambridge in March 2017.
<PHOTO> - the coach will receive the firm's vinyls later this week

Voel Coaches, Dyserth, Rhyl
The additional depot at Bodelwyddan used to store withdrawn vehicles is now no longer used. Four Volvo B10M-61 / Van Hool T8 Alizees are currently withdrawn from regular service and will be disposed of soon. These are F168RJF and F674TFH which were new to Clarke's of London in 1989 then joined Voel in 1997 and A604GAP and A605GAP which were new to Voel in March 1984 and these two latter examples have seen nearly 36 years service each with the company.
The 25 seater Iveco Daily 65C18 / NuTrack SF59DTX has now left the fleet being sold to Castle Garage Ltd; Market Street, Llandovery in January. It joined the fleet in November 2017 to fulfil a specific contract but the number of passengers involved in the contract has now risen and it is therefore no longer required.

Hutchinson's of Buckley
The former depot at Mount Pleasant Road, Buckley is about to close as the land has been sold for development. The new depot for the much reduced fleet will be in Station Road, Buckley.
The Optare Solo M920 YE52FHB was sold last month to a local auto-electrician in Padeswood for breaking.

Unicorn Coaches, Llay, Wrexham
The Scania K360IB4 / Higer Touring has been re-registered to RW19UTW from YT19EBP

Ronsbusesandcoaches.com website

I have been carrying out some changes to the website and fleet lists are now presented in a different way due to issues with some users reporting that have not been able to scroll to see the complete information. I hope the improvements will be of benefit to visitors to my site. If anyone experiences any problems I would appreciate that they contact me.

I now maintain a list of those who wish to receive an e-mail when I post a new bulletin or make a significant change to my website. If you wish to be included please contact me - this can be done through the contact point on my website

Eagles and Crawford, Gwernymynydd, Mold

posted 12 Feb 2020, 06:58 by Ron Newbe

The firm have recently acquired YM03EOU a Dennis Javelin / TBS Plaxton Profile - C57F. It was new in August 2003 to Borders College, Hawick; in October 2010 it was with Prentice Coaches, Haddington; February 2014 with MacLennan, Stornoway; and in February 2019 with Lakeside, Ellesmere from where it was purchased in early January of this year. <PHOTO>

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