Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire

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Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire
A Stagecoach Gold Alexander Dennis Enviro 400, operating on Chorley's Route 125 in October 2015.
Slogan Greener, Smarter, Travel
Parent Stagecoach Group plc
Founded 2011
Headquarters Gillmoss Bus Depot, East Lancashire Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L11 0BB
Service area North West England
Service type Bus
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.
Fleet Optare Solo
Alexander Dennis Trident
Alexander Dennis Pointer
Alexander Dennis Enviro400
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 (Stagecoach Gold)
Dennis Dart SLF
Optare Versa
Optare Esteem
Fuel type Diesel
Operator Stagecoach Group

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 January 2013, Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire also includes the Chester and Rock Ferry depots of First Chester & The Wirral following their takeover from FirstGroup.[1]

From July 2016 Stagecoach Chester took over several former GHA Coaches Routes after the firm went into Administration.


Stagecoach in Chorley[edit]

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.

Chorley Interchange in 2009, while under the operation of Stagecoach North West.

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.

As of 2015, Stagecoach In Chorley's business has grown and the company has added more routes to the Chorley area. Stagecoach in Chorley now operate:

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 in Merseyside[edit]

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[edit]

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.[2] 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[edit]

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.[3] 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[1] 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.



  1. ^ a b "Keeping You In The Loop" (PDF). Stagecoach Bus. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stagecoach announces UK Bus Regional Management Appointments". Stagecoach Group. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "£4.5million bus buyout for Stagecoach in region". Chester First. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 

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