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An Avon Buses Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart with MCV Evolution bodywork in Ness Gardens, Cheshire

Founded1981
HeadquartersNorth Cheshire Trading Estate, Prenton, Wirral
Service areaMerseyside & Cheshire
Service typeBus
RoutesContracts & Commercial
HubsWest Kirby, Birkenhead, Arrowe Park Hospital, Heswall, Chester, Crosby, Clatterbridge Hospital
FleetAlexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart
Dennis Dart SLF
Plaxton Primo

Avon Buses is the largest independent commercial bus operating company on the Wirral Peninsula, England. Based in Prenton, Merseyside,[1] the company has an all-single deck fleet of about 38 vehicles as of May 2011, all of them low-floor.

HistoryEdit

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 undergone radical changes from operating School contacts to local commercial services. The business has expanded with services starting in Crosby, Fazakerley and their former outstation in Bootle. A name change to Avon Buses was made in late 2004/2005.

Avon Buses took over former Arriva North West routes 421 & 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 After Helms Coaches service was withdrawn earlier this year Avon Buses decided not to up the frequency of routes 22 and 24 but add an additional Sunday 23 service from Heswall to Chester Bus Exchange, which was eventually withdrawn in April 2011.[citation needed]

OperationsEdit

The company operates mainly commercial local bus services, primarily on the Wirral,[3] including two to Chester. One commercial service is also operated on the opposite side of the Mersey, between Fazakerley and Crosby. A few tendered services are operated in the early mornings, evenings, and Sundays.

Much of Avon Buses' expansion in recent years has come from commercialising tendered services.

ServicesEdit

Services operated as of June 2017:

No. From To Via Notes
10 New Brighton Arrowe Park Hospital Liscard, Claughton, Noctorum, Upton and Arrowe Park Hospital Monday-Saturday Daytime
10A New Brighton New Brighton Liscard, Claughton and Arrowe Park Hospital. Monday-Saturday
16/16A Moreton Cross Clatterbridge Hospital Manor Drive, Arrowe Park Hospital Monday-Friday Daytime

Saturday services operated by Arriva

17/17A Moreton Cross Clatterbridge Hospital Saughall Massie, Arrowe Park Hospital Monday-Friday Daytime

Saturday services operated by Arriva

18 Birkenhead Bus Station Town Meadow Lane Claughton, Bidston, Sandbrook Estate, Moreton Cross One single am Journey extends from Birkenhead to Liverpool
22 Moreton Cross Chester Bus Exchange Newton, Greasby, Arrowe Park Hospital, Heswall, Parkgate, Neston, Willaston, Mollington Rereouted to serve Arrowe Park and Arrowe Brook Road replacing withdrawn daytime 83 (September 2016)
30 Liverpool ONE Dingle Toxteth New Merseytravel service to be taken over from Stagecoach from July 2017
57 Liverpool Netherton Bootle Strand, Litherland
77
77A
Woodside Bus Station West Kirby Birkenhead, Tranmere, Storeton, Heswall, Thurstaston, Caldy
80 West Kirby Newton Circular Frankby
81 Woodside Bus Station Greasby Village Saturdays Only.
82 West Kirby Caldy Circular
83 Liverpool Prenton Dell Birkenhead Bus Station, Prenton Hall Road
83A Birkenhead Bus Station West Kirby Prenton Hall Road, Arrowe Park Hospital, Moreotn Cross Monday - Friday Only.
84 Clatterbridge Hospital Mill Park Spital, Bromborough Through journeys possible with Route 85.
85 Heswall Mill Park Brimstage, Thornton Hough, Raby, Clatterbridge Hospital Through journeys possible with Route 84.
88 Heswall or Neston West Kirby Newton, Greasby, Irby, Heswall, Gayton, Parkgate Some evening and all Sunday services extend from Heswall to Parkgate (23rd April 2017)
88A Heswall West Kirby Newton, Greasby,Thurstaston Cross, Heswall Five journeys Monday - Saturday
90 Woodside Bus Station Prenton Birkenhead, Oxton Circular service.
91

92

Birkenhead Bus Station Claughton Circular Singleton Avenue, Holm Lane, Oxton, Claughton New service replacing withdrawn routes 12 & 93 (23rd January 2017)
103 Waterloo Station Liverpool ONE Bus Station Millers Bridge, Great Howard Street New service replacing withdrawn Merseytravel route 103 (23rd April 2017)
107 Town Meadow Lane New Brighton Leasowe, Wallasey Village, Liscard Village One single am Merseytravel service
122 Crosby Fazakerley Netherton, Black Bull Monday - Friday commercial service
135

235

Dingle Mount Netherton, Magdalene Square Liverpool ONE, Bootle Strand, Oxford Road(135), Hawthorne Road(235), Netherton Way Commercial daytime service, journeys extended from Bootle to Dingle From 23rd April 2017
135 Bootle Aintree Station Bootle Strand, Oxford Road, Walton Vale Evening and Sunday service
144 Bootle Netherton, Magdalene Square Seaforth, Litherland, Ford Monday - Saturday daytime commercial service. Evening and Sundays Merseytavel service
159 Bootle Fazakerley Seaforth, Netherton Magdalene Square, Old Roan Evening and Sunday service, daytime service operated by HTL
164 Woodside Ferry Terminal New Ferry, Shorefields Borough Road, New Ferry Merseytravel service. Monday - Sunday evening journeys.
164 Belle Vale Belle Vale Circular TBC New commercial service to start July 2017
202 Dingle Mount Broadgreen Hospital Liverpool Womens Hospital, Lawrence Road, Alder Hey Hospital Commercial daytime service, runs in one direction only.
203 Woodside Ferry Terminal Seacombe Ferry Birkenhead, Arrowe Park Hospital, Moreton Cross, Wallasey Village, Liscard Village Merseytravel service running on Sunday mornings only.
204 Dingle Mount Broadgreen Hospital Liverpool Womens Hospital, Smithdown Road, Alder Hey Hospital Commercial daytime service, runs in both directions.
207 Woodside Ferry Terminal New Brighton Larid Street, Moreton, Leasowe, Wallasey Village, Liscard Village One am Merseytravel service
208 New Brighton Woodside or Town Meadow Lane Liscard Village, Wallasey Village, Leasowe, Town Meadow Lane, Laird Street Four am Merseytravel service
293 Woodside Ferry Terminal West Kirby Birkenhead, Noctorum, Upton, Arrowe Park Hospital, Greasby, Newton Merseytravel service. Evening and Sunday service.
411 Woodside Ferry Terminal New Brighton Birkenhead, Birkenhead Park, Seacombe Ferry Merseytravel evening service. Daytime service operated by Arriva North West.
492
495
Woodside Bus Station Woodside Birkenhead - Beechwood/Noctorum Circle Merseytravel service. Circular service. Evening and Sunday service. Daytime service operated by Arriva North West.
613

618

628

649

650

652

698

711

Various School Services Various Locations Some of these school journeys are either operated commercially or contracted to Merseytravel
C5 Dingle Mount Royal Liverpool Hospital Toxteth One single Merseytravel service to be taken over from Cumfybus from July 2017
X22 West Kirby Chester Heswall, Neston, Parkgate One single Monday - Friday service

FleetEdit

The bulk of the fleet consists of Dennis Dart SLF and more recently Alexander Dennis Dart 4 chassis with a mixture of bodywork: East Lancs Spryte, Plaxton Pointer, Plaxton Pointer 2, MCV Evolution and Enviro 200. There is a solitary remaining Plaxton Primo. Recently added to Avons fleet are two Plaxton Presidents registered Y173 NLK and Y174 NLk along with two ex First ALX 400's registered W742 DWX and W757 DWX which both feature leather seating.

Low-floor buses started arriving in the fleet in 1997, the first being a Dennis Dart with an East Lancs Spryte body (R54OCK). The low-floor fleet grew rapidly with more new Dennis Darts being joined by a number of Dennis Lances with Berkhof bodies and a larger number of Marshall minibus integrals. The fleet now is 100% low-floor, the last step-entrance vehicle in the fleet was a Dennis Dart with Plaxton Pointer bodywork which came from Stagecoach (N63KBW).

LiveryEdit

All vehicles are painted in a livery of cream with blue skirt and black around the windows.

Early 2016 Avon featured a new livery on four newly acuired Enviro 200's.

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. VOSA - Operator search details for licence
  2. Brown, Stewart J (November 1995). Buses in Britain 2: The Mid Nineties. Capital Transport, 87. ISBN 1-85414-181-3. 
  3. Wirral Bus Companies - all bus companies operating on Wirral!

External linksEdit

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