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South Lancs Travel
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25 (S25 SLT), a Scania L94UB on the "635 - Shevington Shuttle" service.
Founded 1995
Headquarters Atherton, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Service area Greater Manchester
Service type Bus Services
Destinations Leigh, Wigan, Bolton, Horwich, Atherton, Tyldesley, Trafford Centre
Fleet 50 buses + 3 preserved
Operator Green Triangle Buses Ltd / B&D Coaches Ltd
Web site www.southlancs.com

South Lancs Travel is a privately owned bus operator in the Bolton, Wigan and Leigh areas operating an extensive commercial network along with tendered services on behalf of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. Its headquarters are in Atherton and it is the trading name of Green Triangle Buses Ltd.

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History

Green Triangle Buses Ltd was established in April 1998, operating from Printshop Lane bertween Atherton and Tyldesley (in Wigan MBC). They started with a single service, the 675 operating between Leigh and Shakerley via Astley and Tyldesley. Within a couple of years, the 675 was withdrawn and repalaced with the 670/680 circular services, which followed the same route as the 675 but continued onto Atherton then back to Leigh. These services have evolved over the years to become a significant network of largely commercially operated services in the Leigh/Tyldesley/Shakerley area. They also introduced journeys on the 652 Leigh - Hindley - Wigan service, with all three services competing against the incumbent operator, Bellairs and Dootson (B&D Coaches).

The network started to expand more considerably in 1999, following the opening of the Trafford Centre. The company introduced two services, the 674 from Leigh (now 126) and the 673 from Atherton (which was short lived, but later revived as the 132). The garage was moved a short distance to a 1.5 acre Commercial Garage site on Chanters Industrial Estate in 2000, where it remains.

In 1999, Green Triangle acquired the rival Bellairs and Dootson (B&D Coaches Ltd) and the operation was rebranded as South Lancs Travel. Since then, the company has steadily grown its network with significant expansion in Wigan both through the acquisition on tender of the GMPTE 'Easylink' services and the acquisition in 2005 of the Appley Bridge outstation of Blue Bus, which included services to Shevington and New Springs. The Appley Bridge outstation was eventually closed in May 2007. A number of short-term tenders have also taken the company into various parts of Bolton, although that has subsided due to other operators starting to operate in the area. SLT continues to operate into Bolton from Leigh with the 592 service and also operates the weekday Bolton - Trafford Centre 300 service (using a rare Alexander Q type Volvo B10M).

South Lancs Travel have also been involved in head-to-head competition with First Manchester, most notably in 2002, when, following competitive registrations by First, SLT offered "return tickets for the price of a single fare" - First responded with a £2.00 (later £2.50 then £3.00) weekly ticket for travel within the Leigh area. First also introduced a short-lived competing 652 service, albeit operating from Hindley Green to Shakerley via Leigh. More recently, First introduced a competing 635 service - SLT retaliated by introducing journeys on the 600 between Wigan and Ashton-in-Makerfield, and offering a £1.00 flat fare. Following the withdrawal of First Manchester services to Shevington, the SLT 600 was withdrawn in May 2008 and SLT is now the sole operator of services to Shevington and Appley Bridge.

In 2009 SLT replaced much of the withdrawn First Manchester 615 service (Leigh - Horwich - Wigan) with an increased frequency 516/7 service. The vast majority of the 50 strong fleet is now low floor, mainly Dart MPDs, Optare Solos and Scania L94UBs. Recent new acquisitions are 4 MAN A22s with Wright Meridian bodies, used on the 635 service. The B&D Coaches O Licence was finally surrendered in February 2009 when the Green Triangle Licence was expanded to 48 vehicles.

Services

This is a summary of South Lancs Travel services.

No. From To Via Notes
126 Leigh Trafford Centre Astley, Boothstown, Worsley
132 Wigan The Trafford Centre Hindley, Atherton, Boothstown, Worsley
300 Bolton The Trafford Centre M61 and M60 motorways
514 Bolton Middlebrook Daubhill, Ladybridge, Lostock
516
517
Leigh Horwich Atherton, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, Middlebrook
551 Bolton Leigh Over Hulton, Little Hulton, Walkden, Boothstown, Higher Green, Astley
592 Bolton Leigh Over Hulton, Hag Fold, Atherton, Shakerley, Tyldesley
612 Wigan Wrightington Hospital Shevington Circular route around Wrightington Hospital.
614 Wigan New Springs Whelley Circular.
615 Leigh Wigan Atherton, Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, Middlebrook, Horwich, Apsull
624 Worsley Hall Bottling Wood Wigan easyLink
630 Platt Bridge Orrell Ince, Wigan, Highfield Grange
635 Wigan Shevington Vale Shevington
638
639
Wigan Wigan Standish, Wrightington Hospital, Gathurst Circulars.
640
641
Wigan Wigan Standish, Shevington, Kitt Green Circulars.
654 Leigh Royal Bolton Hospital Tyldesley, Higher Green, Walkden
664 Bottling Wood Belle Green Wigan, Worsley Hall, Kitt Green, Wigan easyLink
674 Belle Green Bottling Wood Wigan, Kitt Green, Worsley Hall, Wigan easyLink
685 Leigh Mosley Common Atherton, Shakerley, Tyldesley
686 Leigh Hag Fold Astley, Tyldesley, Atherton

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