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Stagecoach North West 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 Cumberland in 1987 and Ribble in 1988 from the National Bus Company. The head office of Stagecoach North West is in Carlislemarker. Although the cities of Liverpool and Manchestermarker are in the North West of England, Stagecoach in Manchester and Stagecoach Merseyside are currently run as separate divisions.

History

Stagecoach in Cumbria

Stagecoach in Cumbria is the trading name of Cumberland Motor Services Ltd and operates services around the Cumbriamarker area (formerly known as Stagecoach Cumberland, Stagecoach Ribble and Barrow Borough Transport).

Cumberland was one of the first National Bus Company subsidiaries to be privatised: this was almost immediately after gaining the Penrithmarker and Carlisle depots from Ribble. The company was bought from the NBC by Stagecoach, who split it into two territories: CMS Carlislebus for services within Carlisle itself and CMS Cumberland for the rest of the services; eventually both territories merged with Ribble's south Cumbria services to become Stagecoach Cumberland.

Since 2005 with the arrival of new low floor buses Carlisle's urban services are treated separately to the rest of the Cumbria division under the brand name of Carlisle Citi.

In 2005 Stagecoach introduced new double-decker buses on its flagship service X35 route between Barrow-in-Furnessmarker, Ulverstonmarker, Grange-over-Sandsmarker and Kendalmarker. This route is subsidised by Cumbria County Council, ensuring that a return fare between Barrow/Ulverston and Kendal is £4.10, as of April 2006.

The 62, 62A and 62B service to Kingmoor Park is also subsidised by Cumbria County Council, as of 2006.

As of January 2008, the 555/556 route from Keswick to Lancaster is operated by low floor Dennis Trident 2 buses, cascaded from Stagecoach Manchester. 18354 has vinyls for Beatrix Potter, and 18356 has ones for William Wordsworth.

Stagecoach in Lancashire

Stagecoach in Lancashire is the trading name of Ribble Motor Services Ltd and operates services around the Central Lancashiremarker area, serving Prestonmarker, Chorleymarker, Boltonmarker and Blackburnmarker (formerly Stagecoach Ribble) The service also operates Network Chorley which provides transport around the local Chorley area. In 2006 Stagecoach started to increase services in Preston, they called them Stagecoach Preston Citi. It mainly uses Optare Solos and Dennis Enviro 400s. Competition between Stagecoach Preston Citi and the leading bus company in Preston, Preston Bus, has been increasing. Stagecoach have been providing some of the Preston bus services like 19 and 22 to Royal Preston Hospital, 2 to Penwortham and some of the others to Moor Nook. They have also started making their own like the 81 Fulwood Circular and some to Tanterton and Ingol. They have also tried to win the bus war by providing more services to South Ribble areas in Preston.

The bus war ended in January 2009, with the purchase of Preston Bus by Stagecoach North West. For more details, see Stagecoach in Preston or the sub category below.

Stagecoach in Lancashire has many smaller labels: The Fylde Villager, The Wyre Villager, Network Ribble Valley & Network Chorley. Other services include X2, 125 & 126.

In early 2009, stagecoach sold off the Fylde Villager brand to Costal Coaches, as the competition comission reccomended this in order for the take over of preston bus to run smoothly as Stagecoach would not totally dominate the market. Stagecoach chose to axe this route as it was seen as a 'dead ender' and made very little revenue for the company.

Stagecoach in Preston

On 23 January 2009 Preston Bus became part of the Stagecoach North West subsidiary, ending 104 years service of Preston Bus to the city. In March 2009 Preston Bus was rebranded Stagecoach Preston Bus and operate Stagecoach routes within the City of Preston, its suburbs (e.g., South Ribble, Longridge, Chipping) and the surrounding area. Stagecoach Preston Bus now operate from the Deepdale Road Depot.

Stagecoach in Lancaster

14206, A former Stagecoach Lancaster bus.
It is now at Carlisle for school contracts.
A current Stagecoach in Lancaster bus.
18382 is a Dennis Trident 2 with Alexander ALX 400 Body.
Stagecoach in Lancaster operates services in Lancastermarker, Morecambemarker, and the surrounding area, including the services between Morecambe/Lancaster and Preston/Blackpool. It is a trading name of Cumberland Motor Services Ltd, and consists of the former Stagecoach Ribble services in the area combined with those formerly operated by Lancaster City Transport, the local municipal bus operator which ceased trading in 1993.They now operate majorly from their depot in White Lund, Morecambe.They also have a small depot which is no more than 10 parking spaces next to Whittingham's Farming Supplies in Catterall near Garstang, Preston, used only to keep buses which operate the 40,41,940 & 941 that start in Preston, the 42 from Blackpool and the 942 from Catterall.

Services

Stagecoach North West operates services in Carlisle, Chorley, Lancaster, Morecambe, Preston, the Lake District with some services running to/from Blackburn, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Southport

This is a summary of services run by Stagecoach North West:



No. From To Via Notes
1
2
Chorleymarker Coppull
1 Prestonmarker Longridgemarker Grimsarghmarker
1 Lowcamarker Kellis Whitehavenmarker
1
1A
Furness General Hospitalmarker Biggar Bank Barrow-in-Furnessmarker
2
2B
Preston Southportmarker (2) Longtonmarker, Tarletonmarker, Hesketh Bankmarker (2), Burscoughmarker (2B)
Ormskirkmarker (2B)
2
2A
X2

Heyshammarker Lancaster Universitymarker Morecambemarker, Lancastermarker
2 Whitehaven Greenbank Woodhouse
3
3A
3B

Preston Penworthammarker Broadgate (3A/3B)
Clive Road (3A)
New Longton (3B)
3
3A
Chorley Blackrodmarker Adlingtonmarker
3
3A
3C

Furness General Hospital Newbarns Ormsgill, Barrow
3
3A
4

Heysham (4) Lancaster University (3, 4) Morecambe, Bare, Lancaster
3
4
Whitehaven Whitehaven Corkickle, Mirehouse Circulars. Service 4 runs in opposite direction
4 Preston Chippingmarker Whittinghammarker, Longridge
4 Chorley Great Knowley Little Knowley
4
4G
4S

Holbeck Estate West Shore Barrow
5 North Scale Furness Hospital Barrow
5 Overton Carnforthmarker Morecambemarker, Bolton-le-Sandsmarker
5 Longridge Clitheroemarker Ribchestermarker, Whalley
6
6A
Morecambe (6A) Lancaster Westgate 6 runs only twice Mon - Sat evenings (starts at Westgate)
6
6A
6X

Ulverstonmarker Barrow Swarthmoor, Lindal-in-Furness, Furness General Hospital (6, 6A)
7 Preston Brookfield Garstang Rd
7 Barrow Millom
7 Chorley Croston Eccleston
7 Lancaster Lancaster Vale Estate, Lancaster, Marsh
8 Preston Moor Nook Ribbleton Avenue
8 Whitehaven Woodhouse
9 Preston Moor Nook New Hall Lane
10 Barrow Ulverston Leece, Gleaston, Urswick
10 Lancaster Ridge Estate Freehold
10
11
Chorley Chorley Astley Village, Chorley Hospital, Eaves Lane Circulars. Service 11 runs in opposite direction
11 Barrow Ulverston Roe Island
11 Preston Ribbletonmarker (Gammul Lane)
11A Chorley Chorley Eaves Lane Circular
14 Preston Holme Slack (Fairfax Road)
16 Chorley Euxtonmarker
16 Preston Farringdon Park
19 Preston Royal Preston Hospital Deepdale Continues as service 22 to Preston
19A Preston Royal Preston Hospital Deepdale
22 Bolton Stockportmarker Farnworthmarker, Kearsleymarker, Pendleburymarker, Swintonmarker, Ecclesmarker, Trafford Centremarker, Urmstonmarker, Stretfordmarker, Chorltonmarker, Didsburymarker Jointly run with First Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester
22 Preston Royal Preston Hospital Plungington Continues as service 19 to Preston
22 Moresby Park Egremont Whitehaven
23 Preston Sherwood (Asda) Royal Preston Hospital
29 Preston Frenchwood
30
31
Maryport Thornhill (30) Workingtonmarker, Whitehaven
Frizington (31)
30A Egremontmarker Whitehaven Bigrigg, West Lakes Science Park, West Cumberland Hospital
31 Preston Savick
31A Frizingtonmarker Whitehaven Wath Brow, Cleator Moormarker, Keeke, Hensinghammarker
34 The Moor Slatefell Cockermouthmarker Jointly run with AA Travel, John Hoban and Raey's Coaches
35 Preston Tanterton
38 Carlislemarker Skinburnessmarker Thursby, Wigton, Silloth
40
41
Preston Morecambe Garstangmarker, Lancaster
41 to 46 Kendalmarker Kendal Kendal Town Services
42 Lancaster Blackpoolmarker Garstangmarker, Great Ecclestonmarker, Poulton-le-Fyldemarker
44 Preston Ingolmarker
46
46A
46B

Workingtonmarker Harrington Circulars
47 Workington Seaton
48 Workington Northside
49 Lancaster Halton Beaumont Green
50
50B
51

Workington Moorclose Circulars. Service 51 runs in opposite direction to service 50
55
55A
Lancaster Carnforth, The Yealands (55) Hest Bank
Carnforth, The Kellets (55A)
56 Maryport North Quay Glasson
57
57A
Maryport Maryport Town Centre Services
58 Maryport Cockermouth
60 Ulverston South Ulverston
60
60A
Carleton Clinic Sandsfield Park Carlisle
61 Preston Blackpool Kirkhammarker
61
61A
Harraby West Morton Park (61) Carlisle
Morton West (61A)
62
62A
Morton Park Kingstown Asda Carlisle, Lowry Hill, Kingmoor Park
65
66
Carlisle Bridge End (65) Currock, Blackwell, Durdar
Stoneraise (66)
67
68
Upperby Belle Vue Carlisle
68 Preston Blackpool Lea, Freckleton, Lytham, St Annes
69 Edentown Holme Head Stanwix, Carlisle
71 Carlisle Silloth Kirkbride, Anthorn, Newton Arlosh
73
73A
Carlisle Keswick Caldbeck
74 Larkholme Blackpool Fleetwood, Pheasants Wood, Cleveleys, Thornton, Poulton, Blackpool Victoria Hospital
75
75A
Dalston Cotehill Carlisle, Scotby, Wetheral
76 St Anns Hill Durranhill Stanwix, Carlisle, Botcherby
77
77A
Keswickmarker Buttermere
78 Keswick Seatoller
79
179
379

Carlisle Dumfriesmarker (79) Gretnamarker, Annanmarker
80 Annan Annan Annan Town Centre Service
80
81
81A
81B


Lancaster Ingleton (80) Hornby
Kirkby Lonsdale (81, 81A, 81B)
81 Preston Janice Drive Lane Ends
84 Fleetwood Freeport Blackpool Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Thornton, Poulton, Blackpool Victoria Hospital
86 Fleetwood Knott End Cleveleys, Thornton, Hambleton Wyre Villager
87
89
Preston Lea Larches
88A
88C
Preston Preston Deepdalemarker, Sherwood (Asda), Royal Preston Hospital, Cottam, Larches, Railway Stationmarker PrestonOrbit. Service 88C runs in opposite direction
89 Knott End Lancaster Pilling, Glasson Dock Wyre Villager
93 Carlisle Bowness-on-Solway Burgh-by-Sands, Glasson
94
97
Carlisle Castle Carrock
95 Carlisle Brampton
101 Carlisle Longtown Rockcliffe, Gretna
104 Carlisle Whinfell Forest (Center Parcs) Penrithmarker
106
107
Kendal Penrith Tebaymarker, Shapmarker Jointly run with Apollo 8 Travel and Grand Prix Coaches
109 Preston Chorley Leylandmarker Jointly run with Fishwick's
113 Preston Wiganmarker Leyland, Standishmarker
114 Preston Chorley Bamber Bridgemarker, Clayton-le-Woods
124 Chorley Blackburnmarker Brinscall, Abbey Village Evenings and Sundays only.
125
126
Preston Boltonmarker Bamber Bridge, Chorley, Adlington, Horwichmarker
150
151
Preston Bamber Bridge Gregson Lane
300
301
Whitehaven Carlisle Workington, Maryport, Wigton
327 Chorley Appley Bridge Wrightington Hospital
382 Lockerbiemarker Gretna Ecclefechan
505 Ambelside Coniston Hawkshead
511 Ulverston Broughton
516 Ambleside Dungeon Ghyll
516 Horwich Leighmarker Middlebrookmarker, Westhoughtonmarker, Athertonmarker Jointly run with South Lancs Travel
517 Bowness Glenridding
532 Kendal Kendal Cartmel Jointly run with Kirkby Lonsdale Coaches
541 Bowness Kendal Winster
551 Bolton Leigh Little Hultonmarker, Walkdenmarker, Boothstownmarker, Higher Green, Astley Jointly run with South Lancs Travel
552 Kendal Arnside Milnthorpe
554 Keswick Carlisle Wigton
555
556
X55

Keswick Lancaster Ambleside, Windermere, Carnforth
564 Kendal Brough Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen
567 Kendal Ingleton Kirkby Lonsdale
584 Crankwood Leigh Jointly run with Jim Stones Coaches and South Lancs Travel
599 Bowness Ambleside Windermere Open Top Bus
600 Carlisle Cockermouth Thursby, Wigton
618 Barrow Ambleside Windermere
620 Carlisle Caldbeck
680 Carlisle Nenthead
685 Carlisle Newcastle-upon-Tynemarker Bramptonmarker, Haltwhistlemarker, Hexhammarker Jointly run with Arriva North East
755 Heysham Kendal Morecambe, Carnforth
AD122 Bowness-on-Solway Newcastle-upon-Tyne Carlisle, Hadrian's Wallmarker
C25 Clitheroemarker Blackburn Whalley, Brockhall
M1
M2
M3

Millom and Haverigg local services
X2 Preston Liverpoolmarker Southport, Formbymarker, Crosbymarker, Bootlemarker
X4
X5
Penrith Workington Keswick, Cockermouth
X7
7A
Barrow Millom (7A) Askham, Kirkby
X7 Chorley Keswick Preston, Windermere, Grasmere
X8 Chorley Keswick Preston, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere
X35 Barrow Kendal Ulverston
X58 Maryport Keswick Cockermouth
X59 Preston Blackburn
X61 Blackpool Manchestermarker Shudehillmarker M55 motorway, Preston, Chorley, Horwich, Pendletonmarker, Salford Universitymarker Some journeys do not run to/from Blackpool in the Winter
X75 Carlisle Stranraermarker Gretna, Castle Douglas, Newton Stewart


Controversy

From 2006-2009, Preston Bus had been experiencing 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 that Stagecoach could force his company out of business. Both companies have accused each other of unprofessional behaviour. However Stagecoach was forced by the authorities to suspend two of its drivers for throwing eggs at Preston buses. But in January 2009, Preston Bus was sold to Stagecoach Northwest, and the combination of Preston Bus and Stagecoach Preston Citi formed Stagecoach in Preston in March 2009.

References

  1. How Preston's bus wars have been fought - Lancashire Evening Post
  2. Bus giant accused of 'dirty tactics' - Lancashire Evening Post
  3. Preston's bus war... it won't be over for Christmas - Lancashire Evening Post
  4. Legal loophole delay for egg-throwing drivers - Lancashire Evening Post
  5. Bus egg-throwers suspended - Lancashire Evening Post


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