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Preston Bus was a bus operator running within the City of Prestonmarker and into the surrounding area. In 2009, it was acquired by the Stagecoach Group and was rebranded Stagecoach in Preston, before they were subsequently ordered to sell the company as a result of competition concerns..


Preston Bus was founded in 1904 as Preston District Travel.

As part of deregulation, in 1993 the company was bought from the local authority by its employees, and became a limited company.

In 2006, Preston Bus was subject to some high profile competition from national operator Stagecoach Group through their Stagecoach North West subsidiary. Competition escalated into a bus war with Stagecoach offering lower fares on the busiest routes.

The managing director of Preston bus was concerned that Stagecoach could force his company out of business.

Both companies have accused each other of unprofessional behaviour. On 10 June 2008, both companies agreed to a code of practice by the traffic commissioner. The competition continued, with Stagecoach operating routes within Preston and Preston Bus operating a route between Preston and Penwortham.

On 30 December 2008 it was reported that Preston Bus had agreed in principle to an acquisition by its rival operator, Stagecoach North West. On 23 January 2009, Preston Bus was sold to Stagecoach in an estimated 10.4 million pound deal, ending 104 years service of Preston Bus to the city.

The routes operated by Preston Bus were rebranded as Stagecoach in Preston from March 2009.

On 11 November 2009 the Competition Commission ruled that the takeover by Stagecoach had adversely affected competition in the area and ordered the sell off of Preston Bus.


Below is the network of Preston Bus routes before Stagecoach took over the company:

3 Preston - Cop Lane - Kingsfold Penwortham
7 Preston - Garstang Road - Brookfield
8/9 Preston - Moor Nook
11 Preston - Ribbleton
14 Preston - Holme Slack
16 Preston - Farringdon Park
19 Preston - Deepdale Road - Royal Preston Hospital
22/23 Preston - Plungington Road - Royal Preston Hospital, 23 continues to Sherwood Way and Asda
31 Preston - Savick
35/44 Preston - Tanterton / Ingol
89 Preston - Larches - Lea
88A/88C Preston Orbital

Preston park and ride

1 Preston - Portway
2 Preston - Walton-le-Dale

School services

Preston Bus provided school bus services to secondary school and college students in Preston and the Wyre. These services went as far north as Cabus, Garstang, west as Blackpool, east as Accrington and south as Chorley.


The Preston Bus fleet was originally all double deckers, but latterly the company moved to single deckers and minibuses, with the most common vehicle in 2008 being the Optare Solo midibus.

Before the sale to Stagecoach the company's fleet comprised:

Preston Bus had replaced many of its older vehicles shortly before Stagecoach took over in 2009. These included Leyland Olympians, Leyland Lynxes, Optare MetroRiders and Leyland Atlanteans. Between 2006 and 2009, many of these were sold to in order to purchase new vehicles.

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