GHA Coaches

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GHA Coaches
GHA Coaches logo.png
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Irizar Century bodied Scania K94IB in September 2009
Slogan A Service Second To None or Gwasanaeth heb ei ail
Parent Eifion Lloyd Davies
Founded 1990
Headquarters Wrexham
Service area Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Gwynedd, Merseyside
Service type Bus & coach services
Hubs Corwen, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Ruthin, Tarvin, Wrexham
Fleet 257 (October 2013)
Website www.ghacoaches.co.uk
Marshall bodied Mercedes-Benz 709D in Wrexham in March 2009
Vale Travel Wright Handybus bodied Dennis Dart in Wrexham in March 2009

GHA Coaches[1] is a bus and coach operator serving North East Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire. It also operates bus services extending into Telford & Wrekin, Staffordshire, Gwynedd and Merseyside.

History[edit]

GHA Coaches was founded by Eifion Lloyd Davies in 1990 and originally based in Corwen before moving to Ruabon in the mid-1990s. It has since expanded with the purchase of a number of other local companies, including:[2]

Despite being founded in north east Wales, only about half of the bus services currently run by the company are now in this area. Services extend as far north as Manchester and Rhyl, to Hanley and Telford in the east, to Shrewsbury in the south and to Barmouth in the west.

Coach operations[edit]

Many coaches were inherited with the purchase of Hanmers Coaches, though as with the bus operations, the coach fleet has expanded rapidly. Most coaches carry a livery of silver with red and burgundy stripes and the GHA Coaches name; some are in a similar livery with a white base and the Vale Travel name; some carry a plain yellow livery for school work.

The most common use for the coach fleet is school transport, and GHA has a number of high-capacity coaches dedicated to this work. Coaches are also used for private hire and occasional day trip and holiday work.

Depots[edit]

GHA's headquarters are at Ruabon. Other depots are at Tarvin, Ruthin, Shrewsbury and Winsford. Vehicles also operate from outstations at Betws Gwerfil Goch and Macclesfield.

Fleet[edit]

As at June 2015 the fleet consisted of 325 buses and coaches.[3]

GHA Gold[edit]

In October 2014 GHA launched a 'GHA Gold' brand on the 88 Knutsford to Wilmslow to Altrincham route. They acquired four new Alexander Dennis Enviro200 buses which have WIFI, leather seats, wood effect flooring, a passenger information system and one table on each bus. These vehicles carry branding for the route.[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 4214061 GHA Coaches Limited
  2. ^ About Us GHA Coaches
  3. ^ [1] GHA Coaches
  4. ^ Wilson, James (27 October 2014). "Bus firm launches new 'gold service' at Tatton Park". Knutsford Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Chapman, Jess Amy (29 October 2014). "GHA Coaches launches first premium bus service". Route One. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 

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