End of an Era for Long Established Leyland Bus Operator

John Fishwick and Sons to cease trading after 108 years

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Going: John Fishwick and Sons’ gorgeous two tone green livery, as seen on a preserved Leyland National leaving Heaton Park in the 2014 Trans-Lancs Transport Show. Image by Firing Up The Quattro (Creative Commons License – Attribution).

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.


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    1. Hi Jeanette,

      Did you – or could you – telephone Runshaw College to see if they are aware of John Fishwick and Sons’ demise? If the service is operated under contract to Lancashire County Council, the LCC has at least a week to find a new operator under an emergency tender.

      With an emergency tender, the Local Authority or Integrated Transport Authority has to notify the nearest VOSA office (which for the North Western section is in Leeds). The tender is a temporary one, lasting for three months prior to the opening of an Invitation To Tender for a more long term contract.

      Given the number of services within the Leyland Zone of the Runshaw College timetable (hitherto operated by John Fishwick and Sons), a fair number tend to be within Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire and Transdev Lancashire United territory.

      As for your son’s pass, the contract is between yourself/son and Runshaw College. The operator works as a provider for your son’s college. In the same way where Transport for Greater Manchester offers a pass – and standard fares – for its Yellow School Bus services, irrespective of operator.

      Kind regards,



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