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DIAMOND BUS NORTH WEST (formerly SOUTH LANCS TRAVEL) is a bus operator providing services in the districts of Bolton
Bolton
and Wigan
Wigan
in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
operating an extensive commercial network along with tendered services on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
. It also serves some areas of the districts of Salford and Trafford .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Services * 3 Fleet * 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

Former South Lancs Travel logo Northern Counties Palatine bodied Volvo Citybus in February 2004 Wright Meridian bodied MAN NL273F at Wigan bus station in August 2009 Optare Solo
Optare Solo
in February 2013

Green Triangle Buses was established in April 1998 by Martin Bott and David Stewart. The new business began with two new Mercedes-Benz Varios which were used on a Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
Public Transport Executive tender. These were joined by three South Lancashire Transport (also owned by the two partners) single deckers for use on school services.

Further Varios were quickly added to the fleet, which were used on Green Triangle's first commercial service, route 675 a half-hourly service between Leigh and Shakerley via Astley and Tyldesley
Tyldesley
.

Less than a year later, route 675 was withdrawn and replaced with the 670/680 circular services. This essentially provided an extension to the existing service, running back to Leigh via Atherton . This was supplemented through the introduction of route 652 (Leigh - Hindley - Wigan
Wigan
). All three services directly competed against the incumbent operator, Bellairs the 674 continues to this day, although it is now numbered 126.

In 1999 the business of Bellairs & Dootson was purchased. The combined operation was rebranded as South Lancs Travel. In 2000 the depot was relocated to its current premises.

Since then, the company has steadily expanded its network, primarily through tender gains. This expansion took the company deeper into both Wigan
Wigan
and Bolton
Bolton
, with the most significant gain being the award of the GMPTE Easylink network of services.

Commercial work was also added, with SLT taking over route 592 (between Shakerley and Bolton) in 2002, acquiring the service from the one-man Atherton Bus Company following the retirement of the owner. This was linked up with an existing service to form a through service from Leigh to Bolton.

The company also added a network of services in western Wigan
Wigan
in 2005, when it purchased Blue Bus of Bolton
Bolton
's Appley Bridge outstation. This included a small network of services to Shevington
Shevington
, Standish , Orrell and New Springs. The Appley Bridge outstation closed in May 2007.

In 2006 entrepreneur Julian Peddle bought a 30% stake in the company.

SLT has more recently expanded its network of services in Bolton, introducing the 514 (in 2009) and 574 (in 2011) services to Middlebrook , as well as taking over service 515 to Ladybridge in 2011 when Arriva North West
Arriva North West
decided to withdraw the route. It also introduced service 516/517 to Horwich , replacing a similar First Manchester service but on an improved frequency. However, this was soon followed by the withdrawal of the 652.

South Lancs Travel have also been involved in head-to-head competition with First Manchester on a number of occasions. The most notable of these took place in 2002, when, following competitive registrations by First, SLT offered "return tickets for the price of a single fare" - First responded with a £2.00 (later £2.50 then £3.00) weekly ticket for travel within the Leigh area.

First also introduced a short-lived competing 652 service, albeit operating from Hindley Green to Shakerley via Leigh. More recently, First introduced a competing 635 service - SLT retaliated by introducing journeys on the 600 between Wigan
Wigan
and Ashton-in-Makerfield, and offering a £1.00 flat fare. Following the withdrawal of First Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
services to Shevington, the SLT 600 was withdrawn in May 2008 and SLT is now the sole operator of services to Shevington
Shevington
and Appley Bridge.

On 30 September 2011, South Lancs Travel was sold to Julian Peddle and Crewe
Crewe
based D&G Bus . In January 2012, Strawberry merged with South Lancs Travel and moved its operations to SLT's depot in Atherton. Strawberry's founder Oliver Howarth became joint operations director of the enlarged company. However, he left soon after with Strawberry being acquired by D -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

* ^ Companies House extract company no 3037228 Green Triangle Buses Limited * ^ A B C D E F G "D&G Buys SLT". Bus Fayre (Volume 34 Issue 1): 10–14. January 2012. * ^ Companies House extract company no 3626201 B&D Coaches Limited * ^ Millar, Alan (March 2009). "What Julian Did Next". Buses (648): 30–35. * ^ "D&G buys South Lancs". Bus and Coach. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2011. * ^ "News". D&G Bus. Retrieved 26 October 2011. * ^ "Strawberry buses spreads its patch". The Reporter (St Helens). 17 January 2012. * ^ Bolton\'s free town centre bus to continue Transport for Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
16 November 2012 * ^ Rotala buys South Lancs Bus & Coach Buyer 4 March 2015 * ^ " Rotala buys South Lancs Travel" Coach ">

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Bus companies operating in North West England
North West England

CHESHIRE

* Arriva North West
Arriva North West
* D&G Bus * Halton Transport * Network Warrington
Network Warrington
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* Mountain Goat * Stagecoach Cumbria border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">

* Arriva North West
Arriva North West
* Bullocks Coaches * Cumfybus * Diamond Bus North West * First Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
* Jim Stones Coaches * Manchester Community Transport * Rosso * Stagecoach Manchester border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">

* Blackburn Bus Company
Blackburn Bus Company
* Blackpool Transport
Blackpool Transport
* Blue Bus of Penwortham * Burnley Bus Company * Preston Bus
Preston Bus
( Preston park and ride ) * Rosso * Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
Lancashire
* Stagecoach Merseyside border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">

* Arriva North West
Arriva North West
* Avon Buses * Cumfybus * HTL Buses * Stagecoach Merseyside border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">

* Bus Vannin
Bus Vannin

NATIONAL

* Megabus * National Express

* v * t * e

Rotala

GREATER MANCHESTER

* Diamond Bus North West

LANCASHIRE

* Preston Bus
Preston Bus

WEST OF ENGLAND

* Wessex Bus (Wessex Bath, Uniconnect, Wessex Bristol, Wessex Red)

WEST MIDLANDS

* Diamond Bus (Red Diamond, Black Diamond, Blue Diamond, Signature)

COACH COMPANIES

* Hallm

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