Cumfybus

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Cumfybus Ltd
Cumfybus logo.png
Cumfybus Optare Solo MX55 WDG.jpg
Parent Marshall & Patricia Vickers
Founded 1986
Headquarters Southport
Service area Merseyside
Greater Manchester
Service type Bus services
Routes 32 (October 2013)
Depots 5
Fleet 80 (September 2013)
Fuel type Diesel
Diesel-Electric Hybrid
Website www.cumfybus.co.uk
Optare Alero in Birkenhead in August 2007
Optare Solo hybrid in Liverpool in March 2013

Cumfybus[1] is a bus company based in Southport, Merseyside.[2] Its operations were small scale throughout the 1990s, but it has expanded significantly since its incorporation as a limited company in 2002, and in 2010 had a fleet of nearly 100 buses.

History[edit]

Cumfybus was founded in 1986 by Marshall and Patricia Vickers when a minibus was purchased to service nursing homes in Southport.[3]

In July 2013 Cumfybus opened a depot in Bolton following it being awarded 10 routes by Transport for Greater Manchester in the wake of the collapse of Maytree Travel.[4]

Operations[edit]

Cumfybus operates numerous commercial and tendered local services throughout Merseyside and in parts of Greater Manchester; it has also previously operated services in parts of Lancashire.[5] A few school and college services are also operated. The company also operates 'Merseylink' accessible dial-a-ride services on behalf of Merseytravel, using Optare Aleros. As at September 2013 it operated 32 routes.[6]

Fleet[edit]

As at September 2013 the fleet consisted of 80 buses predominantly Optare Solos.[7]

Hybrid buses[edit]

Diesel-Electric Hybrid Buses were introduced for the Liverpool city centre CityLink C1-C5 routes in May 2012.[8] These came in the form of 13 Hybrid Optare Solos of the original design (not SR). These look very similar to the Yellow Solos that they replace but they have the extra box on the roof which houses all the electrical equipment.

Livery[edit]

The standard fleet livery is all-over yellow, with multi-coloured fleet names. A few vehicles carry other liveries, including white, silver, or overall advertisements.

Depots[edit]

Cumfybus operate depots in Aintree, Moreton (Wirral), Bolton and Southport.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 4458742 Cumfybus Limited
  2. ^ a b "Operator licence details". VOSA website. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Cumfybus expand Bus & Coach Buyer 1 August 2013
  4. ^ 20 new jobs created as Cumfybus replaces Maytree Bolton News 30 July 2013
  5. ^ "Fylde Villager - Exit Cumfybus, Enter Classic Bus, Stagecoach and Preston Bus". Fylde Bus Blog. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Cumfybus Routes Cumfybus
  7. ^ Lancashire Independents North West Buses
  8. ^ "Greener buses arrive in Liverpool". Merseytravel Website. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 

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