Welcome to Jim Stones (Awarded UK Bus Operator of the Year 2005)

This is our official site, where you can find out everything to do with our company.

The site contains timetables, our fleet list and much more.

Should you have any ideas or comments please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about Jim Stones or any of our bus services, please contact us using one of the methods below.

Telephone & Fax - 01925 766 465
Email - jimstones@sky.com
Address - The Jays, 8 Light Oaks Road, Glazebury, Warrington. WA3 5LH

The Management

Company Partners

   James Barrington Stones
   Joan Patricia Stones

Transport Manager

   Robert Dyson

Office Manager

   Jeanette Dyson

Fleet Engineer

   Stephen Mayo
2003-2006 we were proud to accept the "Pride of Leigh" award for the best bus company in Leigh

Out of the "Pride of Leigh" awards (which no longer exist) we were the outright winner overall!

In October 2005 we were honoured to receive Route ONE's prestigious "UK Bus Operator of the Year" Excellence award for 11 to 30 vehicles.

In addition, in September 2005, we were highly commended in the 'Service Category' by The Institution of Highways and Transportation for our services for the disabled.

It is lovely to be recognised after all our hard work over the years and we thank all our staff and passengers who have helped us to achieve these awards.

Company Profile

Jim Stones Coaches was set up in 1968 as a small coach company.

Our first brand new coach was a 45 seater 1972 Ford Duple Viceroy.

Initially, we provided part time private hire, but soon took on sub-contract work for other companies. One such contract was for Risley Prison, transporting prisoners to and from court. Whilst Jim drove, Joan managed the accounts and paperwork along with working full time at Leigh Job Centre.

We operated one coach until Deregulation in October 1986 when we registered two routes in Leigh previously operated by Greater Manchester Transport. The fleet slowly expanded until we had ten Mercedes minibuses and five Leyland Tiger single deck buses for school services. The first two routes to Landside and Higher Fold were so popular, that on the second day of operation two bus conductors were employed in order to keep to time!

Due to the vast increase in business over the years, we have had to build larger premises to accommodate our extra buses. Now, all our buses are stored under one roof and our premises also feature a state of the art maintenance bay - see right.

Our new depot, a 15,000 sq ft building in Derby Street West, Leigh, was opened in March 2004, by our local MP Andy Burnham.

We also had the privilege of being awarded a personally signed letter recognizing our excellent service from ex-Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Today, we have a modern fleet, featuring 13 fully accessible (wheelchair access) single deck buses which ferry passengers from Leigh Bus Station to many parts of the surrounding area.

All feature a kneeling front entrance and a fold-out ramp, and most are compact enough to travel through the many estates that we serve, including Lowton on routes 588, 589 and 590.

These buses are very popular with both drivers and passengers, as they have a larger capacity than the normal minibuses.

Our number plates are another feature of our company. They are well known throughout the Leigh area, and bring a smile to many people's faces. In 1990, we purchased our first personalised number plate "H1 JYM", from the DVLA. They have become a talking point, and a witty way of promoting our company. Since then, we have bought many more, including "B1 BUS", "BUS 1N", "T1 KET", "BUS 1S" and "BUS 1T" (which is Jim's favourite). They are used as part of the 'advertising' on the buses, some of which can be seen on this site.

Registration example

We were also delighted to be involved in the 2003 and 2004 Leigh Carnivals, briefly back to life after 19 years!! We provided a free Sunday bus and everyone had a wonderful time.

Registration example

Jim and Joan receiving our "UK Operator of the Year 2005" Excellence award.

Jim and Joan receiving our 'UK Operator of the Year 2005'
from (far left) Mike Morgan, Editor Route ONE, and (left) Paul Sproule, Managing Director, Scandus UK.

Maintenance Bay

Garage and Fitting Bay

Official Opening, March 2004 by
Andy Burnham MP for Leigh

Our official opening in March 2004 by Andy Burnham MP for Leigh

Here is an old photo of our driver John Gregory with Pat and Norman who use our bus on the Dakins Road estate.

Driver John Gregory with Pat and Norman

Lisa Fairhurst and her children Zoe, Adam, Robert and Michael
and their friend Jacob who enjoyed a visit to our depot in Oct 2012