Edwards Coaches

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Edwards Coaches
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Setra S 315 GT-HD in October 2008
Parent Mike Edwards
Founded 1925
Headquarters Llantwit Fardre
Service area South Wales
Service type Bus & coach services
Fleet 225 (October 2014)
Website www.edwardscoaches.co.uk

Edwards Coaches[1] is a family-owned coach company based in Llantwit Fardre, near Pontypridd in South Wales.

History[edit]

Setra S 415 HD in October 2008
National Express liveried Caetano Levante bodied Volvo B9R in February 2013

In 1925 Edwards Coaches was founded by George Edwards.[2] Over recent years, the company has expanded by acquiring several smaller local firms. Today, their fleet consists mainly of single decker coaches used for holiday tours and private hire but they also have a number of double-decker buses primarily for school contracts and park and ride services. Edwards Coaches carry around 6,000 students to school every day and around 60,000 customers on holidays each year. A small fleet of service buses is maintained to operate a group of local bus services.[3]

On 7 January 2011, Swansea based coach holiday operator Diamond Coach Holidays went into administration.[4] In the week after Diamond collapsed, Edwards took over £1m in holiday bookings (many of these from ex Diamond customers). On 25 January 20111, after talks with administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers, Edwards Coaches agreed to buy the firm becoming the largest coach holiday operator in Wales[5]

National Express[edit]

Edwards Coaches are a National Express contractor and operate services on routes:[6]

Fleet[edit]

As at October 2014, the fleet consisted of 225 buses and coaches.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 4045308 Edwards Coaches Limited
  2. ^ On the Buses South Wales Echo 22 May 2007
  3. ^ Omnibuses Blog reports Edwards commencing local bus services
  4. ^ "Swansea's Diamond Coaches goes into administration". BBC News. 7 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Pontypridd firm buys Swansea-based Diamond Holidays". BBC News. 25 January 2011. 
  6. ^ National Express Coach Handbook - 8th Edition. British Bus Publishing. 2012. ISBN 978-1-904875-78-9. 
  7. ^ Fleetlist Coach & Bus Week issue 1161 28 October 2014 page 62

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