Express Motors

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Express Motors
Express Motors Ffestiniog bus MAN 14220 East Lancs Myllennium CX53 FBJ in Porthmadog, Gwynedd 18 July 2007.jpg
East Lancs Myllennium bodied MAN 14.220
in Porthmadog in July 2007
Parent Eric Jones
Founded 1908
Headquarters Penygroes
Service area Gwynedd
Service type Bus services
Fleet 40 (September 2012)
Open top ECW bodied Bristol VR at Rhyd Ddu in September 2006

Express Motors is a bus and coach hire company based in Penygroes, Gwynedd. The company operates public bus services in the Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bangor and Llandudno areas, as well as long-distance TrawsCambria service T2 between Bangor and Aberystwyth.


Express Motors was established in 1908.[1] It remains a family-owned business and is owned by Eric Jones.[2] It operated a small number of local bus services alongside its main coach hire work until 1970, when the bus routes were sold to Silver Star.[3]

With bus deregulation in October 1986, Express Motors re-entered the local service market. A local route in Caernarfon was introduced in competition with National Bus Company subsidiary Crosville Cymru May. Contracted work on route 1 (Caernarfon-Blaenau Ffestiniog) was won at the same time as part of the Bws Gwynedd network. The operations of Maldwyn Jones were acquired in 1989. A competing route between Caernarfon and Bangor was introduced in 1991 but withdrawn after four years.[4]

In 2005 the company began a new route linking Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Two years later the Welsh Assembly Government granted free rail travel to pensioners on the parallel Conwy Valley Line, causing passenger numbers on the route to be lower than expected.[2]

The four bus services operated Silver Star were taken over by Express Motors with four buses in November 2010 in a move which reversed the events of 1970.[3]


As at September 2012 Express Motors operated 25 buses and 15 coaches.[5][6]


  1. ^ About Us Express Motors
  2. ^ a b "Bus firm losing out over free rail trips". Wales Online. 8 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Millar, Alan (November 2010). "Silver Star gives up its local bus routes to Express Motors". Buses Magazine. Ian Allan Publishing (668): 8. 
  4. ^ Saxby, Bob (Autumn 1996). "Bws Gwynedd: The end of an era". Buses Focus: 36–42. 
  5. ^ Our Fleet - Buses Express Motors
  6. ^ Our Fleet - Coaches Express Motors

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