Yelloway sold to Crosville MS
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• Rochdale bus and coach operator Yelloway has been taken over by Chester-based Crosville Motor Services.
Both companies are part of the ATL Holding group and the sale was in doubt right up to the last minute because other companies were also expressing interest.
All of Yelloway's staff and seven vehicles were included in the deal and, although the existing premises at Weir Street are still being used, ATL intends to sell the site for redevelopment.
Yelloway was a coach company specialising in express service operation when it was bought by Carlton PSV (the forerunner of ATL Holdings) in mid-1985. In October 1986, the company started operating local bus services on contract in West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester with a fleet of 12 secondhand double-deckers.
During last year the firm was criticised by the North West Traffic Commissioner and had its operating licence reduced to 35 vehicles with a ban on new registrations until February 1988. Recently the West Yorkshire PTE prematurely terminated a contract for the Rochdale to Halifax service for alleged irregular operation.
Crosville has transferred a number of its own double and single-deck vehicles into Rochdale to continue the existing contracts. They are operating on Crosville discs as the Yelloway licence has been surrendered. There is no intention to retain Yelloway's identity.