Jim Stones Coaches

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ParentJim Stones
Founded1968
HeadquartersLeigh
Service areaGreater Manchester
Service typeBus services
Routes11 (January 2020)
HubsLeigh bus station
Depots1
Fleet9 (January 2020)
Websitewww.jimstonescoaches.com

Jim Stones Coaches is a bus operator that operates a number of commercial and supported routes on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester in Leigh, Greater Manchester. The main hub is Leigh bus station.

History[edit]

Jim Stones Coaches was established in 1968 as a charter operator. Upon the bus deregulation in October 1986 the company started bus operations with two routes, 596 from Leigh to Landside and 599 from Leigh to Higher Folds. The company expanded operations by filling the bus network where the larger incumbent operator GM Buses retracted services, as well as winning school and tendered contract services from Transport for Greater Manchester.[1] In January 2020, Jim Stones announced his intention to retire, and unless a buyer for the business is forthcoming, operations will cease on 18 April 2020.[2][3]

Services[edit]

As at January 2020, nine route and two school bus services were operated.[4][5]

Fleet[edit]

As at January 2020, the fleet consisted of eight Alexander Dennis Enviro200s and one heritage Leyland Tiger Cub.[6] Fleet livery has been very similar since its inception being white upper body separated by light blue stripes from much darker blue lower panels.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Company History Jim Stones Coaches
  2. ^ Jim Stones Coaches plan to retire and sell company Leigh Journal 21 January 2020
  3. ^ Jim Stones Coaches to end operations if buyer not found Coach & Bus Week issue 1429 28 January 2020 page 7
  4. ^ Normal Services Jim Stones Coaches
  5. ^ School Services Jim Stones Coaches
  6. ^ Fleet List Jim Stones Coaches

External links[edit]

Media related to Jim Stones Coaches at Wikimedia Commons