Today, Routemaster Buses embarked on a new chapter in their story, by operating six new tendered bus services throughout Cheshire, Staffordshire and North Wales.
Routemaster Buses of Nantwich specialises in supplying traditional London Routemaster bus hire to cater for a variety of parties and functions. Their unique fleet varies from red liveried AEC Routemaster double decker buses, through to heritage vehicles such as Leyland National’s and modern single and double deckers like Volvo Olympian’s and Dennis Dart SLF’s which are all outshopped in the companies attractive two-tone green livery.
Situated in Nantwich near Crewe, it’s a handy place for the company to supply vehicles all over the North West and into the Midlands. Their main priority, up to now, however, had been focusing on the private hire and the rail replacement market.
Their newly introduced services operate on various days of the week connecting rural communities with nearby towns and cities along with a useful bus service.
Service 56 from Tiverton, Hoxley Lane to Nantwich Bus Station via Bunbury, Spurstow, Ridley, Faddiley and Burland. This service operates just two journeys each way on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Service 68 from Leighton Hospital to Nantwich Bus Station via Walleys Green, Church Minshull and Worleston. This service operates Monday to Saturdays but not on bank holidays.
Service 75 from Wrenbury Church to Market Drayton Towers Lawn via Aston Crossroads, Sound, Ravensmoor, Nantwich Bus Station, Hankelow, Buerton, Audlem and Adderley. This service operates just one return journey on Wednesdays only with a short journey operating between Wrenbury and Nantwich Bus Station.
Service 79 from Audlem Church to Hanley Bus Station via Hankelow, Nantwich Bus Station, Walgherton, Bridgemere Garden World, Woore and Newcastle Bus Station. This service operates just one journey each way only on Fridays.
Service 83 from Nantwich Bus Station to Chester, Foregate Street via Burland, Faddiley, Ridley Green, Bulkeley, Peckforton, Bunbury, Beeston, Tiverton and Huxley. This service operates just one journey each way on Tuesdays.
Service 89 from Nantwich Bus Station to Wrexham Bus Station via Burland, Faddiley, Ridley Green, Bulkeley, Broxton, Farndon and Holt. This service only operates just one journey each way on Mondays.
Having already read about the introduction of the service with local advertisement, I made sure I was free to go and photograph the 89 service on its first day of operation to Wrexham. The smartly presented Alexander ALX200 bodied Dennis Dart SLF that was allocated to the service carried four paying passengers – which is a great sign considering it is the first day of tendered operation.
The bus pulled up on Stansty Road where I politely took a photograph of the vehicle, after that I was caught in a friendly conversation with the driver who was driving the service today. I echo his words that the service certainly has the potential to pick up in the near future, especially considering that the 89 route serves places that had previously not been served by a bus service.
I’m certainly hopeful like many of the local people that I spoke to today that the service turns out to be a useful and well-used service and maybe it may run more than just one day a week in the future, only time will tell.