Historic Lancashire bus company John Fishwick and Son is to ‘cease operations’ this evening, it has announced.
The company, whose green buses are synonymous with the Preston, Leyland, and South Ribble areas, revealed the news earlier today following days of speculation over its future.
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.”
It had earlier been revealed national transport provider Stagecoach will be taking over one of Fishwick’s routes from tomorrow.
A Stagecoach spokesman said: “Following the news John Fishwick and Sons bus company is due to cease trading after business on Saturday, October 24, Stagecoach can announce they will be providing service 111 with effect from Sunday, October 25.
“This follows special dispensation given by the Traffic Commissioner to Stagecoach to allow this to happen at very short notice.
“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 route.”
The 111 route will be the same between Preston Bus Station and Moss Side, and will then operate a loop of Dunkirk Lane, Schleswig Way, Longmeanygate, Leyland Lane, and Dunkirk Lane.
It will follow the normal route back to Preston and will no longer serve Fishwick’s terminal in Golden Hill Lane between the Leyland Lane traffic lights and Tuer Street, Stagecoach said.
A new timetable will also be introduced, offering a 12 minute frequency during the day from Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 30 minutes in the evenings and all day on Sundays.
Stagecoach will accept valid Fishwick’s tickets and passes in the short time, the spokesman added.
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