|Service type||Bus services|
|Fleet||102 (February 2014)|
|Chief executive||Bob Dunn|
Preston Bus is a bus operator running within the city of Preston, England. It is a subsidiary of Rotala. It gained some notoriety in 2009 when the Competition Commission ordered Stagecoach to sell it.
Preston Bus was founded in June 1904 as Preston District Travel and operated a number of services in the Preston area. To comply with the Transport Act 1985, in 1986 the assets were transferred to a new legal entity, Preston Borough Transport Limited. In 1993, it was sold in a management buyout.
In 2006, Preston Bus was subject to some high-profile competition from Stagecoach North West. Competition escalated into a bus war with Stagecoach offering lower fares on the busiest routes. The managing director of Preston bus was concerned Stagecoach could force his company out of business. Both companies accused each other of unprofessional behaviour. On 10 June 2008, the two companies agreed to a code of practice by the traffic commissioner. The competition continued, with Stagecoach operating routes within Preston and Preston Bus commencing a service between Preston and Penwortham, and a limited service between Preston and Southport, duplicating existing Stagecoach routes.
In November 2009 the Competition Commission ruled that the takeover by Stagecoach had adversely affected competition in the area and ordered Stagecoach sell Preston Bus. Following this ruling, the Preston Bus name and logo was reinstated and the company was operated at arm's length from the main Stagecoach business. In January 2011 Preston Bus was sold to Rotala.
As at February 2014, the fleet consisted of 102 buses. Until the 1970s, fleet livery was cream and red when a blue and cream scheme was introduced. Upon the sale to Rotala, a cream, green and blue livery was introduced in 2011.
- Companies House extract company no 2004022 Preston Bus Limited formerly Preston Borough Transport Limited
- The History of Public Transport in Preston Preston Bus
- How Preston's bus wars have been fought Lancashire Evening Post 8 October 2007
- Bus giant accused of 'dirty tactics' Lancashire Evening Post 19 October 2007
- Preston's bus war... it won't be over for Christmas Lancashire Evening Post 9 November 2007
- Legal loophole delay for egg-throwing drivers Lancashire Evening Post 31 October 2007
- Preston bus and Stagecoach agree a code of conduct Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine Preston Bus
- Stagecoach set to buy Preston Bus Archived 22 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Bus & Coach Professional 9 January 2009
- Stagecoach Completes Acquisition of Preston Bus Stagecoach 23 January 2009
- We were forced to sell Lancashire Evening Post 26 January 2009
- Preston Bus to be Sold Archived 19 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Competition Commission 11 November 2009
- Company must sell 'bus war' rival BBC News 11 November 2009
- Stagecoach must sell Preston Bus Lancashire Evening Post 11 November 2009
- Preston bus sold...again Lancashire Evening News 19 January 2011
- Acquisition Rotala plc 25 January 2011
- Stagecoach sells 'rival' Preston Bus Ltd for £3.2m BBC News 25 January 2011
- Preston Bus North West Buses
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