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P and O Lloyd - re-registration

posted 31 Aug 2021, 06:21 by Ron Newbe

YR62DZX the Scania K360IB4 / Irizar Century which arrived recently is now in the full operators normal smart livery, it is in use and has been re-registered to L100PLL

(Photo courtesy of Glyn Jones)

X51 Denbigh to Ruthin and Wrexham

posted 27 Aug 2021, 05:01 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 27 Aug 2021, 05:02 ]

The 'emergency' arrangements due to the absence of Arriva on the X51 service will now continue until Saturday 4th September with the three firms, M and H Coaches, Lloyds of Machynlleth and Llew Jones of Llanrwst continuing to share the work.

From Monday 6th September Arriva will resume working this service but to a reduced timetable.  Essentially the Denbigh to Ruthin service will have an hourly frequency whereas the Ruthin -  Wrexham element will be a two hour frequency.    <<LINK to new timetable>>.

N E Wales Fleet News Aug 2021

posted 27 Aug 2021, 04:46 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 27 Aug 2021, 06:01 ]

Lloyds of Machynlleth.
Newly arrived are YN16WTX/Y/Z  Scania K360IB4 / Irizar I6 WTX and WTY new in 4/2016 and WTZ in 5/2016 to Falcon Coaches, Shepperton, Surrey.  They each had the normal Falcon Coaches red, white and blue livery but WTZ carried the (tribute) Tellings - Golden Miller fleet name.  These have been recently converted to full PSVR specification by Scania and are now C53FTL and will be part of Lloyd's Rail Replacement fleet.

The ex Irish Volvo B12BT / Jonckheere JSV   KT58FPV/X/Z have gone to Scania in part exchange.  At least two of them may re-appear in Wales soon.

Photo courtesy of Charlie Williams

Alpine, Llandudno
Joining the City Sightseeing fleet for the Great Orme element is SN16BWO a Mercedes 516SDI Sprinter with an EVM Cabrio 16 seater body that has a sliding roof to enable it to be used partly open top.  It is currently operating in while livery but no doubt will receive a full red livery in due course. It has previously been operated by Rabbie's City Tours of Edinburgh and from January 2018 has been with Golden Tours of Alperton, London.  It is similar to Alpine's existing BP16ALP.

Photo courtesy Richard Glaister

Voel, Dyserth, Rhyl
No reports of major changes to the fleet for the new school year.
4543VC  (Volvo B12B / Caetanio Enigma) will shortly return to service having been converted to a 70 seater.

P and O Lloyd, Bagillt - another arrival

posted 24 Aug 2021, 11:31 by Ron Newbe

The latest arrival is YR62DZX a Scania K360IB4 / Irizar Century (C49Ft).

It was new in Oct 2012 to New Adventure Travel, Cardiff; went on loan from Scania in 6/17 to Cityfleet London and then again on loan by11/17 to Shire, Cannock. From 3/2019 it has been with Dodsworth, Rufforth, North Yorkshire.

It is seen here newly arrived but still to have the firm's vinyls applied.

1Bws launch - Rhyl Events Arena

posted 24 Aug 2021, 10:35 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 24 Aug 2021, 13:14 ]

Today (24th August 2021) was the official launch of the 1Bws ticket.This took place at the Rhyl Events arena.

The 1Bws is a day ticket which can be purchased on board from virtually every bus operator in North Wales and it can then be used on all almost all of the services in the region.  THis involves 27 bus operators and nearly 200 routes.

The launch consisted of a gathering of eight of the regions buses with a number of representatives of the bus operators, local and Welsh government, the press and a number of bus enthusiasts.  A short speech and the launch was Made by Councillor Brian Jones who is the lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment for Denbighshire County Council

The buses in attendance were :-

Arriva (4485) CX61CDO - Wright Gemini

Arriva (4549) CX14BXM - Alexander Dennis Enviro 400

Denbighshire County Council – CX21DZV – Mercedes Sprinter 516cdi / EVM

Gwynfor Coaches -YY64TXX – Alexander Dennis 200

Llew Jones – YD63UZM – Optare Tempo (X1200)

M and H Coaches YJ21FBB - Optare Solo SR (M9250)

P and O Lloyd / Flintshire County Council YJ68FSF – Optare Solo SR (M8570)

Wrexham Taxis / Flintshire County Council MX18AVR – Peugeot Boxer 440 / Minibus Options

Announcement - 1Bws launch - Rhyl Events Arena - 1030 - 24th August 2021

posted 23 Aug 2021, 03:43 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 23 Aug 2021, 03:44 ]

Apologies for the short notice - but I have only just had confirmed the details for this launch of the new 1Bws ticket that is now available from 27 bus operators and nearly 200 bus routes across North Wales

Buses will arrive from 10.00 for the launch at 10.30 on Tuesday 24th August.  The venue is the Events Arena on the Rhyl Promenade (near to the SeaQuarium).
Buses are expected from Gwynfor Coaches, M and H Coaches, Llew Jones, Arriva, P and O Lloyd and possibly others.

I am informed that Enthusiasts are welcome to come along.

Pats Coaches convey Wrexham FC to Solihull

posted 21 Aug 2021, 06:34 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 21 Aug 2021, 08:12 ]

Today (21st August 2021) is the first away game for Wrexham FC and they play Solihull. Not only do Pats Coaches transport the players to the match using their team coach V11PPC but they also convey the supporters. Four coaches were employed today and they were captured leaving the Racecourse ground in Wrexham at 11.30 this morning. The four coaches were JK14JNK (Van Hool TX16A / Acron), YR14HLF (Scania Omni Express K400EB6 / Lahden), PC15CAM (Scania K440EB6 / Irizar I6) and YT68GWW (Scania K360IB4 Touring / Higer).


P and O Lloyd, Bagillt, Holywell.

posted 18 Aug 2021, 10:02 by Ron Newbe

Newly arrived are :-

YN09AOZ a Volvo B12B / Plaxton Paragon (C57F) new in March 2009 to Powell, (Newbury Coaches) Ledbury, Herefordshire and then from May 2016 with Ingleby, York

YN10FLD a Volvo B12B / Plaxton Panther (C53F) new in April 2010 to Weardale Travel, Stanhope; June 2014 with Barnes, Swindon; and June 2017 with York Pullman Group, North Yorkshire

They have both arrived in the cream livery of Lloyds and are to have vinyls applied shortly.

Leaving the fleet - R175GGR (6709PO / BHZ9543) (Volvo B10M-62 / Plaxton Premiere350) to Ripley, Barnsley – appears it has been offered for sale at Barnsley. It lost its cherished number prior to departure.

The last 3 Autosans have left the fleet. These last three were purchased new.

BV57MLL and BX06NZW have gone to Lewis Taxis Cyf, Llanrhystud, Ceredigion

and BX06NZY has gone to Peyton Travel Ltd, Bridgend

M and H Coaches, Trefnant, Denbigh

posted 18 Aug 2021, 10:00 by Ron Newbe

Two Solos have left the fleet.

MX05EMJ has gone to Nefyn Coaches.

RX55AOT has gone to Lakeside, Ellesmere.

Crosville Enthusiasts Club’s routes tour Saturday August 7th 2021

posted 8 Aug 2021, 04:09 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 12 Aug 2021, 04:34 ]

On Saturday (August 7th 2021) I was privileged to be able to enjoy a fantastic day out on the Crosville Enthusiasts Club’s routes tour around Bala, Dolgellau and Blaenau Ffestiniog.  It was of course the first such tour since the pandemic began.  Our principal tour bus was the 48 year young Bristol RELL6G / ECW ERG280 (YFM 280L) one of the magnificent preserved members of the fleet of Clive Myers who also joined us for part of the day. This, as the others of the fleet, are a credit to him and it is always a great pleasure to be able to ride on such vehicles bringing back so many memories.  It was well driven throughout our tour by David Jones

The day was very much enhanced by the work of Tony Moyes who painstakingly prepared our route visiting so may old countryside routes and termini that were typical in the great days of Crosville.  We visited many villages, hamlets and chapels which formed part of the early network.  Some of these places having not been served since the 1950s. Tony’s commentary on the old routes and the general history of the area certainly made the day.

To visit the remoter country areas we were delighted to have also used a more modern vehicle, namely an Optare Solo YJ67FZM, belonging to Lloyds Coaches and we were honoured to have Wyn Lloyd join us for this part of the tour.  The driver of the Solo was Wendy who faced the daunting task of having to drive this wide vehicle to places that have not seen a bus for years being watched closely by not only her boss but a number of former bus drivers.  She passed this test with flying colours and demonstrated her great skills much to the admiration of all of the club members.
Y Parc near Bala

Dolhendre Bridge

Destination displays had been prepared by our friend Charlie Williams that showed the name of the hamlets termini etc. we visited together with the appropriate route number – this was a brilliant touch.

The arch of the Nannau Estate near Llanfachreth

During the day we managed a couple of visits to the depots of operators and were able to observe the working of the TrawsCymru network at the hub and interchange point of Dolgellau.

Interchange at Dolgellau

A brilliant day shared with good friends and fellow enthusiasts who were happy to share their memories of their experiences involving the so interesting company that is Crosville.


Blaenau Ffestiniog

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