John Fishwick and Sons to cease trading after 108 years
John Fishwick and Sons, the long serving Leyland bus company is due to cease trading on Saturday 24th October 2015. The company has entered liquidation after 108 years of operation in central Lancashire.
The company has an iconic status among the people of Leyland and bus enthusiasts. For the former, an revered independent company in the same way that Mayne of Manchester did along Ashton New Road and Kershaw Lane. In the latter, Fishwicks had been known for its unusual vehicles – particularly its Fowler bodied Leyland Tiger Cubs.
Stagecoach in Merseyside and South Lancashire have announced that they will be providing service 111, with effect from Sunday 25th October. The route will be the same between Preston Bus Station and Moss Side (old Black Bull). Then it will operate a loop of Dunkirk Lane, Schleswig Way, Longmeanygate, Leyland Lane, and Dunkirk Lane, before returning to its normal route back to Preston.
As a result, the revised 111 service will not be serving Golden Hill Lane between the Leyland Lane traffic lights and Tuer Street. There will be a new timetable, with a 12 minute Monday to Saturday daytime frequency, and buses every 30 minutes in the evenings, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The timetable is available to download on the Stagecoach in Merseyside and South Lancashire website. All valid Fishwick’s tickets and passes for travel will be honoured in the short term with further advice on tickets in due course.
Therefore, the full range of Stagecoach tickets will be valid for travel. Service 111 will be within the operator’s Preston ticket zone, covering all of the Leyland area. At present, the company formerly part of Ribble Motor Services before April 1989 is in no position to operate any other former Fishwick’s routes this coming Sunday or Monday.
There will also be in discussions with Lancashire County Council over the possibility of covering other sections of routes. Fishwick’s departure from the Lancastrian bus scene will be a sad loss for locals and enthusiasts alike.
We will miss them. They have been regulars at most transport rallies throughout the North West of England and have been fine custodians to the bus industry. Till today, they have survived the early 1930s deregulated market, outlived the National Bus Company, and a number of municipal and PTE undertakings. Not least the fact their buses have maintained a traditional livery till the very end.
John Fishwick and Sons (Leyland, Lancashire), 1907 – 2015.
S.V, 23 October 2015.