The rise and fall of historic Leyland transport company Fishwick's

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018, 3:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st August 2018, 4:53 pm
Former Fishwick buses
Former Fishwick buses

Four former Fishwick’s double decker buses are up for sale.

They currently belong to Tyrers of Adlington, who took over the lease on six John Fishwick and Son Dennis Tridents after the Leyland bus firm went bust in October 2015.

The 72-seater, still in “Fishwick’s Green” are now on the market due to their age.

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Two have just been sold to another North West operator and four remain available.

Fishwick’s timeline:

* 1907: John Fishwick and sons was formed.

* 1950s: The firm’s haulage operations declined and were disposed of in 1953 and the company focused on passenger transport.

* October 2015: Fishwick’s stopped operating on October 24, 2015, after going into administration. It had been operating since 1907 and its closure was described as the ‘end of an era’

*December 2015: The bus company site was sold. An auction of the historic Leyland firm’s plant and machinery made more than £250,0000.

* April 2016: Work to transform the former Fishwick’s bus depot began. The site was acquired by Leyland-based North Star Estates. It was turned into small industrial units.