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First Potteries
Parent First Group plc
Headquarters Adderley Green, Stoke-on-Trent[1]
Locale North West, West Midlands
Service area Stoke-on-Trent, The Potteries, Stafford, Chester, Crewe, Wirral
Service type Bus
Hubs Stoke-on-Trent
Fleet 274 Vehicles
Operator First Group
Chief executive Ken Poole
Web site First Staffordshire and South Cheshire Homepage

First Potteries Limited (formerly known as First PMT Ltd, and the successor company of Potteries Motor Traction) is a company based in Stoke-on-Trent that operates buses in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Crewe, and in Chester and The Wirral through its sub-brand First Chester & The Wirral.



The company began life as Potteries Motor Traction Limited or PMT. It expanded beyond its Staffordshire base into Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester and in 1989/90 PMT acquired the Wirral, Chester and Stalybridge operations of Crosville from the Drawlane Group but not the Manchester, Runcorn and Warrington operations of Crosville which were integrated into Drawlane's North Western/associated Bee Line Buzz Company divisions. PMT was later purchased by the Badgerline Group plc before they in turn merged with GRT Holdings plc and formed First Group PLC, this sale including Crosville's operations in Chester and Wirral. First Potteries now operates mainly urban services in Stoke and surrounding towns, along with its network of services in the city of Chester through the purchase or ChesterBus in 2007.[2] This business was integrated with the existing First Chester & Wirral which already ran a network of services in Wirral and Chester before the purchase of ChesterBus.


The traditional colours of the PMT fleet were red and cream. During NBC ownership in the 1970s and 1980s, poppy red and white livery was used. Following privatisation, the livery became red and yellow with the Potteries logo. This livery has now been completely superseded by the standard First corporate colours (pink, white and blue).


  • Number of vehicles: 274
  • Managing Director: Ken Poole
  • Finance Director: Simon Davies
  • Engineering Director: Michael Branigan
  • Operations Director: Paul De Santis

See also


  1. ^ First Group - UK bus
  2. ^ First Group - UK bus

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