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Founded 1968
Headquarters The Jays, Light Oaks Road, Glazebury, Warrington
Service area Greater Manchester
Service type Bus Services
Destinations Leigh, Atherton, Lowton, Higher Folds,
Stations Depot: Derby St West, Leigh
Fleet 16 buses
Operator Jim Stones Coaches
Web site www.jimstonescoaches.com

Jim Stones Coaches is a bus operator that operates a number of commercial and supported routes on behalf of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive in the Leigh, West Manchester area. Their main hub is Leigh Bus Station.

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History

Set up in 1968 the company operated coaches only for private hire and contract duties prior to the deregulation of buses in 1986. Upon the bus deregulation of October 1986 the company started bus operations with two routes, 596 from Leigh to Landside and 599 Leigh to Higher Folds, and soon built up a loyal following of passengers. The company expanded operations by filling the bus network where the larger incumbent operator GM Buses retracted services, as well as winning school and tendered contract services on behalf of the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive.

The fleet livery has been very similar since its inception being white upper body separated by light blue stripes from a much darker blue waistline scheme.

The fleet used today on all routes is 100% low floor buses for easy accessibility (except school services).

The company was awarded the Route ONE 'UK Bus Operator of The Year' for 2005 and the Pride of Leigh award in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

In the 1990s the company ran occasional day trips to various places including theatres, using its historic AEC coach registered TEC 599N.

Jim Stones became an early operator of a Dennis Dart bus (with Wadham Stringer Portsdown bodywork)in October 1990 registration plate H1 JYM. The company later was the first operator of a Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart midibus, entering service in August 2006, using a 10.7m version of the model - the bus being a Dennis Dart successor, which Jim Stones had been using over the last few years. The older examples of the Dennis Dart are now being sold and replaced by further Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart. Replacement of vehicles is frequent to maintain the low age profile of the fleet. The company continues to use personalized number plates.

Previous vehicles operated in service, either new or second hand, include an Optare StarRider, several former military transport buses, a Leyland Swift with Reeve Burgess bodywork a single deck Leyland Atlantean, a Leyland Tiger bus with Plaxton bodywork, various Leyland Leopard and Ford coaches and various models of Mercedes-Benz minibuses .

Routes

These are the bus services run by Jim Stones Coaches:

No. From To Via Notes
584 Leigh Crankwood
587 Leigh Dakins Road
588 Leigh Lowton, Scott Road
589
591
Leigh Lowton, St Luke's Garton Drive (589) Circular
590 Leigh Lowton St Mary's The Poplars
592 Leigh Plank Lane Lowton Circular
593 Leigh Tamar
594 Leigh Hindley Green Westleigh
595 Leigh Abbey Lane Westleigh
596 Leigh Landside Pennington
672
673
Leigh Higher Folds
681 Atherton Hag Fold
682 Leigh Atherton Hag Fold

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