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Avon Buses
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An Avon Buses Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart with MCV Evolution bodywork in Mill Park, Wirral
Founded 1985
Headquarters North Cheshire Trading Estate, Prenton, Wirral
Service area Merseyside & Cheshire
Service type Bus
Routes Contracts & Commercial
Destinations West Kirby, Birkenhead, New Brighton, Arrowe Park Hosp, Heswall, Chester, Fazakerley Hosp, Crosby, Woodside, New Ferry, Moreton, Clatterbridge Hosp, Mill Park & Eastham Ferry
Fleet Dennis Dart SLF
Dennis Dart
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart
Volvo B6LE
Dennis Lance SLF
Volvo B6

Avon Buses is the third biggest bus operating company on the Wirral Peninsula. Based in Prenton on the Wirral Peninsula in Merseyside, England[1], the company has an all-single deck fleet of about 37 vehicles as of May 2009, most of them low-floor.

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History

Avon Coaches as it was previously known as was founded in 1985 by present proprietor Larry Smith, since then the company has overcome radical changes from operating School contacts to local Commercial services and within later years expanding the business 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 then took over former Arriva North West routes 421 & 422 and Avon Buses renumbering them as 22 & 22A and more currently with the addition of Helms Coaches, Avon then decided to renumber service 22A to 24 so it would not confuse its passengers with Helms Coaches service 23.

Operations

The company operates mainly commercial local bus services, primarily on the Wirral,[2] 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; several previously tendered daytime services have been switched to commercial operation.

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Services

Services operated as of October 2009:

Number Route Monday - Friday Saturday Sunday
10 New Brighton, Liscard, Noctorum, Arrowe Park Hosp, Woodchurch, Liscard to New Brighton Hourly Daytime No Service No Service
10A New Brighton, Liscard, Woodchurch, Arrowe Park Hosp, Noctorum, Liscard to New Brighton Hourly Daytime No Service No Service
11 New Brighton, Liscard, Woodchurch to Arrowe Park Hosp Half-hourly Peaktime Half-hourly Daytime No Service
12 Birkenhead, Claughton, Woodchurch, Arrowe Park Hosp, Noctorum, Claughton to Birkenhead Hourly Daytime No Service No Service
12A Birkenhead, Claughton, Noctorum, Arrowe Park Hosp, Woodchurch, Claughton to Birkenhead Hourly Daytime No Service No Service
17 & 17A Clatterbridge, Higher Bebington, Arrowe Park Hosp, Saughall Massie to Moreton Half-hourly Daytime No Service No Service
18 Birkenhead, Claughton, Sandbrook to Moreton Cross/Tarren Way Half-hourly Daytime Hourly No Service
22 & 24 Chester, Mollington, Neston, Heswall, Irby to West Kirby Hourly Daytime Hourly Daytime No Service
40 & 40A Saughall Massie, Moreton, Birkenhead, New Ferry, Bromborough to Mill Park Half-hourly Evenings Half-hourly Evenings Half-hourly
All Day
77 & 77A Birkenhead, Higher Tranmere, Storeton, Heswall, Irby, Caldy to West Kirby Hourly Daytime Hourly Daytime No Service
83 Birkenhead, Prenton, Arrowe Park Hosp, Greasby, West Kirby, Hoylake, Moreton, Arrowe Park Hosp, Prenton to Birkenhead Half-hourly Daytime Hourly Daytime
(Only to Greasby)
No Service
83A Birkenhead, Prenton, Arrowe Park Hosp, Moreton, Hoylake, West Kirby, Greasby, Arrowe Park Hosp, Prenton to Birkenhead Half-hourly Daytime No Service No Service
84 Clatterbridge Hospital, Spital, Bromborough to Mill Park Hourly Daytime Hourly Daytime No Service
85 Mill Park, Clatterbridge Hospital, Thornton Hough to Heswall Hourly Daytime Hourly Daytime No Service
90 Birkenhead, Oxton, Prenton, Oxton, to Birkenhead Hourly Daytime Hourly Daytime No Service
110
Merseytravel
New Brighton, Liscard, Birkenhead, Bebington to Clatterbridge Hosp Early mornings Early mornings No Service
122 Crosby, Netherton, Black Bull to Fazakerley Hospital Half-hourly Daytime No Service No Service
164 & 165
Merseytravel
Woodside, Birkenhead, Higher Bebington to New Ferry Half-hourly Evenings Half-hourly Evenings Half-hourly
All Day
172
Merseytravel
Woodside, Birkenhead, Arrowe Park Hosp, Pensby to Heswall Early mornings Early mornings No Service
186
Merseytravel
Leasowe Stn, Moreton, West Kirby, Greasby, Irby, Heswall, Thornton Hough, Clatterbridge Hosp, Bromborough to Mill Park (continuing to Eastham Ferry - Sundays) Hourly Evenings Hourly Evenings Hourly
All Day

Fleet

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 Marshall Capital. Other low-floor vehicles are a pair of Volvo B6LE with Wright Crusader bodywork - which were originally new to Birkenhead based operator Happy Al's in 1995, and a Plaxton Primo.

The only remaining step-entrance vehicles in the fleet are two Dennis Darts with Plaxton Pointer bodywork which came from Stagecoach and a Volvo B6 with Alexander Dash body.

Livery

All vehicles are painted in a cream with blue skirt livery.

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See also

References

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