Arriva Buses Wales
|Service type||Bus services|
|Chief executive||Michael Morton|
Crosville Motor Services was formed in 1919 and operated services in Wales and northern England. It became a subsidiary of National Bus Company before its Welsh operations were split into Crosville Cymru in preparation for sale in 1987 through a management buyout.
Arriva Buses Wales previously operated some Trawscambria services.
Arriva Buses Wales operates four depots:
- Bangor - Llandygai Industrial Estate, Llandygai (headquarters)
- Hawarden (near Chester) - Manor Lane Industrial Estate, Manor Lane
- Rhyl - Ffynnongroew Road
- Wrexham - Berse Road, Caego
The former regional headquarters and depot at Llandudno Junction closed in April 2013. Aberystwyth depot, along with its outstations at New Quay and Lampeter closed on 21 December 2013, along with Dolgellau, latterly an outstation of Wrexham depot. Councillors and AMs criticised the short notice given by Arriva, leading to fears that communities could be left without bus services;  however, other operators took over the running of the routes.
Dennis Darts, of the low-floor SLF and MPD varieties, make up just over a third of the fleet as at spring 2014 (down from around half the fleet in 2011). More recent deliveries have been VDL SB120 and SB200 with Wright Cadet, Commander and Pulsar bodywork, and Optare Solos. Other types operated include a pair of Optare Versas used on service X44 between Chester and Mold; seven Volvo/Wright Eclipse acquired from K.M.P. in 2008 along with the Llandudno-Bangor-Caernarfon services on which they were then used; and a pair of Van Hool Alizée coaches transferred in from Arriva Midlands, initially for use on service 20 between Cardiff and Aberystwyth.
Double-deckers feature in the allocations of three of the four depots. Bangor (and its outstations) operate five double-deckers on dedicated duties; in spring 2014, long-serving Volvo Olympians were in the process of being replaced by cascaded low-floor DAFs from the Midlands. Seven DAF DB250LF (ex London cascades) are based at Rhyl. During January 2012 Rhyl depot took delivery of ten brand new Wright Gemini 2 double-deckers for use on the 11-series Rhyl-Chester "Cymru Coastliner" routes. Rhyl depot is also home to a small fleet of open-top double-deckers for use on the 1 Towyn - Rhyl - Talacre summer route. During 2014, several ex-London DAF DB250LF were being converted to open-top configuration to replace the Leyland Olympians previously used.
During March 2010 Arriva Buses Wales announced that the fleet was 100% low floor (except open-tops and college/school duties), although high-floor Van Hool coaches were subsequently brought in to replace Optare Tempos on Aberystwyth-Cardiff duties.
29 April 2013 saw the introduction of the first Sapphire concept of all UK regional ARRIVA Bus fleets. Nine refurbished Alexander Dennis Enviro400 buses, representing a £650,000 investment were introduced on route 1 between Wrexham and Chester.
- Companies House extract company no 155374 Arriva Cymru Limited formerly Crosville Wales Limited
- Arriva Buses Wales - History Arriva Wales
- Companies House extract company no 1997776 British Bus (Company Secretaries) Limited formerly British Bus Limited
- Competition Commission report 1996 paragraphs 3.5 to 3.7
- Arriva North West - History Arriva
- Arriva buys up local service offering cheaper fares; 'Outrage' will be taken to Office of Fair Trading Western Mail 1 July 2008
- Completed acquisition by Arriva plc of certain assets of KMP (Llanberis) Ltd Office of Fair Trading 18 November 2008
- Arriva names managing director for Arriva Buses Wales Arriva 10 November 2008
- Timetables & maps Arriva Wales
- Arriva bus depot in Llandudno Junction will close at the end of next month Daily Post 10 January 2013
- Arriva buses in Aberystwyth - Dec 2013 Arriva 21 December 2013
- Changes to bus services could leave towns 'in the wilderness' Daily Post 2 October 2013
- "Arriva celebrates 100% low floor buses in Wales". Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- "ARRIVA - Arriva puts the sparkle into Wrexham bus service with the launch of Sapphire". Arrivabus.co.uk. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- "Service 1: Wrexham - Chester service overview". Arrivasapphire.co.uk. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
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