Avon Buses

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Avon Buses
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Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart in New Ferry in February 2009
Parent Larry Smith
Founded August 1981
Headquarters Prenton
Service area Merseyside
Cheshire
Service type Bus services
Hubs West Kirby
Birkenhead
Arrowe Park Hospital
Heswall
Chester
Crosby
Clatterbridge Hospital
Fleet 34 (February 2013)

Avon Buses[1] is a bus operator based in Prenton providing services in Merseyside and Cheshire.

History[edit]

Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart in Birkenhead in September 2009
Wright Crusader bodied Volvo B6LE in Birkenhead in June 2009
Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLF in Bebington in August 2007

Avon Minis, as the company was originally known, was founded in August 1981 by present proprietor Larry Smith. By 1995 it had six buses and ran mostly school contracts plus one local route. The newest buses were two Leyland Titans.[2]

Since then the company has expanded with services starting in Crosby, Fazakerley and their former outstation in Bootle. The business was renamed Avon Buses was made in 2004/05.

Avon Buses took over former Arriva North West routes 421 and 422, renumbering them to 22 and 22A. Avon then decided to renumber service 22A to 24 so it would not confuse its passengers with Helms Coaches service 23. They also took over five other groups of routes at the same time. After Helms Coaches service was withdrawn, Avon Buses decided not to up the frequency of routes 22 and 24 but add an additional Sunday 23 service from Heswall to Chester Bus Exchange, which was eventually withdrawn in April 2011.[citation needed]

In October 2013 Avon took on eight routes from Impera Bus & Coach[3] following the latter ceasing to trade.[4][5]

June 29th 2014 seen the end of two commercial Avon routes, (Route 40/40A Saughall Massie - Mill Park) & (Route 80 Woodside - Arrowe Park Hospital) Also it seen the end of Merseytravel routes 197 & 213

On The 6th July 2014 Avon took over Cumfybus' daytime 135,235 service between Bootle and Aintree.

On the 10th August 2014 Avon took over Merseytravel services 144/145 from Peoplesbus which run between Litherland and Bootle. 2 morning and 2 afternoon services start and finish at Arrowe Park Hospital, in Wirral, which are numbered 143

From 8th December 2014, some of their longer routes were split up, which interwork with each other. Routes 86/87 were cut back to Heswall, whilst the section of route between Heswall and West Kirby was renumbered 88. Routes 77/77A were also cut back to Heswall, whilst the section of route between Heswall and West Kirby became the 82/82A. This had happened previously, in August 2012, routes 12 and 12A were split to become 12 and 93, the route remained unchanged, with through journeys still possible,, however they were technically now different services.

Routes[edit]

Avon operates the routes under contract to Merseytravel as well as commercially[citation needed]

Wirral (Commercial): 10/10A, 12, 16/16A/17, 18, 77/77A, 80, 81, 82/82A, 83/83A, 84, 85, 86/87, 88, 90, 93, 441/442, 473

Wirral (Under contract to Merseytravel): 107/207/208, 164, 203, 293, 411, 492/495

Liverpool (Commercial): 18, 122, 135/235, 144/145, 202/204, 441/442, 473

Fleet[edit]

As at October 2014 the fleet consisted of 38 buses.[6]

The bulk of the fleet consists of Dennis Dart SLF and Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts chassis with East Lancs Spryte, Marshall Capital, Caetano Nimbus, MCV Evolution, Plaxton Pointer and Plaxton Pointer 2 bodywork.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 3929294 Avon Buses Limited
  2. ^ Brown, Stewart J (November 1995). Buses in Britain 2: The Mid Nineties. Capital Transport. p. 87. ISBN 1-85414-181-3. 
  3. ^ Companies House extract company no 7449882 Impera Bus & Coach Limited
  4. ^ Impera Bus & Coach Cease Trading The North West Bus Blog 3 October 2013
  5. ^ Impera Buses have stopped running their bus services Merseytravel 13 October 2013
  6. ^ Avon Buses Fleetlist Merseyside Dennis Dart

External links[edit]

Media related to Avon Buses at Wikimedia Commons