Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire
|Slogan||Greener, Smarter, Travel|
|Parent||Stagecoach Group plc|
|Headquarters||Gillmoss Bus Depot, East Lancashire Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L11 0BB|
|Service area||North West England|
|Hubs||Chester, Chorley, Liverpool, Preston, Birkenhead|
|Stations||Chester, Chorley, Liverpool, Preston, Wirral, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Southport, St Helens, Ellesmere Port, Runcorn, Mold and Ruthin|
|Depots||Stagecoach in Preston - Preston
Stagecoach in Chorley - Cowling Brow, Chorley
Stagecoach in Merseyside - Gillmoss
Stagecoach in Chester & Wirral - Chester, Rock Ferry.
Alexander Dennis Trident
Alexander Dennis Pointer
Alexander Dennis Enviro400
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 (Stagecoach Gold)
Dennis Dart SLF
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire (Glenvale Transport Limited) is a major operator of bus services in North West England. It is a subsidiary of the Stagecoach Group, and has its origins in the purchase of Ribble in 1988 from the National Bus Company and Glenvale Transport in 2005. The head office of Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire is in Liverpool and was formed in 2011 following the merger of Stagecoach Merseyside and Stagecoach in Lancashire, which was the Chorley and Preston operations of Stagecoach North West.
From July 2016 Stagecoach Chester took over several former GHA Coaches Routes after the firm went into Administration.
Stagecoach in Chorley
Stagecoach in Lancashire was the trading name of Ribble Motor Services Ltd, which was purchased by Stagecoach in 1988 and was originally known as Stagecoach Ribble (until 1997), and operated services around the Central Lancashire area, serving Preston, Chorley, Bolton and Blackburn. The company also operated Network Chorley which provides transport around the local Chorley area. Since 2015 the company has been known as Stagecoach in Chorley. When the company was formed, Stagecoach In Lancashire operated many bus services in Chorley, Preston and Leyland. These included the Route 125,125C, 125PHS, 126, 109, 113, 114, 115, 118, 119, 10, 11, 12, 12A, 13, 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 3, 3A, 7, 8, 337, 347, X60, X61, 124. By 2013, the new company, Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire based in Merseyside, had phased out many of the original Chorley services. As of 2015 Stagecoach in Chorley operate just the 125, 109, 1, 2, 1B, 7 and 24A and 109A (from October 2015). The Preston side of the company also operate the service 115 to Chorley every two hours on a Saturday. Routes such as the 115, 119 and 114 have been sold to competing operators like John Fishwick & Sons and Preston Bus, whilst others have been replaced, merged or eliminated.
In September 2015, Stagecoach announced the purchase of 24 Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 buses, in the 'Stagecoach Gold Specification' for the Route 125 between Bolton and Preston. The new vehicles will replace the old fleet of Dennis Trident 2's and Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s that the company inherited when it was formed. Stagecoach trail ran a Stagecoach Gold service on Route 125 on October 17th 2015, the full fleet will enter service on November 16th 2015.
Stagecoach closed the Eaves Lane depot in Chorley in October 2015, it was replaced by a lager depot in Wigan to house the larger more modern fleet of Alexander Dennis Enviro 400's operated by Stagecoach in Chorley. The other vehicles were transferred to Stagecoach in Preston.
In October 2015, Stagecoach took over John Fishwick and Sons services 111, 115 and 119 permanently until April 8th 2016.
Stagecoach lost funding from Lancashire County Council in 2016 and consequently had to cancel and revise many routes in the Chorley area. The college services 109, 109A and 115 were withdrawn and have since been operated by Tyrers of Adlington.
- Stagecoach Gold - Route 125 - BOLTON - CHORLEY - PRESTON
- Stagecoach - Route 109 - CHORLEY - PRESTON
- Stagecoach - Route 109A - CHORLEY - BUCKSHAW VILLAGE - PRESTON (Until April 2016)
- Stagecoach - Route 6 - CHORLEY - COPPULL (Until April 2016)
- Stagecoach - Route 7 - CHORLEY - CROSTON (Until April 2016)
- Stagecoach - Route 8 - CHORLEY - ARLINGTON (Until April 2016)
- Stagecoach - Route 24A - CHORLEY - BLACKBURN
- Stagecoach - Route 111 - PRESTON - LEYLAND
- Stagecoach - Route 113 - PRESTON - WIGAN
- Stagecoach - Route 115 - CHORLEY - PRESTON (Until April 2016)
- Stagecoach UniRider - Route 125C - CHORLEY - NEWMAN COLLEGE
- Stagecoach Gold - Route X8 CHORLEY - LAKE DISTRICT (From March 21st 2016)=
Stagecoach Merseyside inherited this depot at Eaves Lane in Chorley.
Stagecoach in Merseyside
Stagecoach in Merseyside was the trading name of Glenvale Transport Ltd, which was purchased by Stagecoach in 2005. The original company was formed in 2001 following Arriva's takeover of MTL Group in 2000 and was ordered by the Competition Commission to sell the Gillmoss depot to avoid Arriva owning a monopoly of services in Merseyside. Stagecoach failed in an original attempt to obtain the depot in 2001, losing out to Glenvale Transport. Stagecoach bought Glenvale Transport in 2005 beating off competition from rivals FirstGroup, Go-Ahead Group and Transdev.
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire
In August 2011, Stagecoach Group announced plans to re-structure their UK Bus operations in the North West of England with the former Stagecoach North West operations, which consisted of Stagecoach in Cumbria, Stagecoach in Lancashire and Stagecoach in Lancaster. The re-structuring saw Stagecoach North West split up into two halves, with Cumbria and Lancaster operations merging into Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire and Stagecoach in Merseyside merging with Stagecoach in Lancashire. The other Stagecoach operation in the North West of England, Stagecoach Manchester, remained unaffected and continues as a separate operation.
Stagecoach in Chester and Wirral
In November 2012, Stagecoach Group announced they had agreed a deal to purchase the operations of First Chester & The Wirral from FirstGroup for a fee of £4.5 million. The deal included the two main depots in Chester and Rock Ferry, as well as a depot in Wrexham used for school services, plus 110 buses and 290 employees. The purchase was made through Stagecoach's Merseyside subsidiary, Glenvale Transport, bringing the Chester & Wirral operations under Stagecoach Merseyside. It was Stagecoach's second purchase from First Manchester Ltd, following their purchase of First Greater Manchester's Wigan depot in October 2012.
The takeover was confirmed to be completed on 13 January 2013 with Stagecoach originally using ex-First buses and ticket machines before re-painting existing buses, bringing in old fleet vehicles from other areas and bringing in new buses and ticket machines. All ex-first routes are now run by Stagecoach buses, carrying their own livery.
- Chester (Liverpool Road)
- Liverpool (East Lancs Road, Gillmoss)
- Preston (Selbourne Street)
- Wirral (Rock Ferry)
- Wigan (Ashton)
- "Keeping You In The Loop" (PDF). Stagecoach Bus. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Stagecoach announces UK Bus Regional Management Appointments". Stagecoach Group. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "£4.5million bus buyout for Stagecoach in region". Chester First. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2013.