John Fishwick and Sons, whose green buses are synonymous with the Preston, Leyland, and South Ribble areas, revealed it is to cease operations after last service this evening (24th October 2015).
Fishwick’s have a transport history spanning back to 1907 when John Fishwick moved from Wales to Leyland looking for work. He bought a steam propelled wagon from a local company, the wagon was used on road building contracts and for hauling goods from the local factories.
The passenger side of the John Fishwick’s business followed some 3 years later, when the second vehicle, a petrol engine wagon, was converted at weekends to carry passengers on shopping trips to the neighbouring town of Preston.
After the 1st World War, the fleet rapidly expanded to some 33 vehicles ( 8 wagons and 25 buses) by the early 1930’s. The haulage side slowly began to decline until final disposal in 1953 with the passenger fleet continuing to increase to over 30 vehicles.
The coach side of the business began in 1963, being the final part of a takeover which began in 1935, with the acquisition of the J Singleton Ltd coach business of Leyland. By the end of the 1960’s, the fleet strength had risen to 46 vehicles, of which 11 were coaches.
A spokesman for the firm said, “To those who have paid money for holidays, we will be contacting you shortly. To the people of Leyland and surrounding areas, we would like to say thank you for their custom over the last 108 years.”
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire issued the following statement on their website at on Thursday 23rd October 2015, “Following the news that John Fishwick & Sons bus company is due to cease trading after business on Saturday 24th October 2015, Stagecoach can announce that they will be providing service 111 with effect from Sunday 25th October. This follows special dispensation given by the Traffic Commissioner to Stagecoach to allow this to happen at very short notice.
The route will be the same between Preston Bus Station and Moss Side (old Black Bull), then will operate a loop of Dunkirk Lane, Schleswig Way, Longmeanygate, Leyland Lane, Dunkirk Lane, then normal route back to Preston. As a result, we will not be serving Golden Hill Lane between the Leyland Lane traffic lights and Tuer Street.
There will be a new timetable, offering a 12-minute frequency Mon-Sat daytimes and every 30 mins in the evenings and all day on Sundays.
We will accept all valid Fishwick’s tickets and passes for travel in the short term and will advise more on tickets in due course. The full range of Stagecoach tickets will be valid for travel. Service 111 will be within the Preston ticket zone, which covers all of Leyland area.
We will not be in a position to operate any other former Fishwick’s routes on Sunday or Monday, but will be in discussions with Lancashire County Council over the possibility of covering other sections of the route.”