Since 1925, the Edwards family has operated buses and coaches in South Wales. It was founded by George Edwards. Over recent years, the company has expanded by acquiring several smaller local firms. Today, their fleet consists mainly of single decker coaches used for holiday tours and private hire but they also have a number of double-decker ex-service buses primarily for school contracts and park and ride services. Edwards Coaches carry around 6,000 students to school every day and around 60,000 customers on holidays each year. A small fleet of service buses is maintained to operate a group of local bus services.
Edwards currently operates over 150 vehicles from its base and employs over 250 staff, making it one of the largest privately owned coach companies in Wales.
On January 7, 2011, Swansea based coach holiday operator Diamond Coach Holidays went into administration. In the week after Diamond collapsed, Edwards took over £1m in holiday bookings (many of these from ex Diamond customers). On January 25, after talks with administrators Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Edwards Coaches agreed to buy the firm for an undisclosed sum making them the largest coach holiday operator in Wales
Recently taken on extensive National Express commitments,mostly ex Veolia Transport Cymru Plc Work
List of local bus services
|Service Number(s)||Terminus||Terminus||Intermediate stops|
|18||Pontypridd||Ty Rhiw||Upper Boat, Nantgarw and Taffs Well|
|100E||Pontypridd||Royal Glamorgan Hospital||Tonteg, Church Village, Llantwit Fardre, Beddau, Llantrisant and Talbot Green|
|400E||Gwaunmiskin||Cardiff (Greyfriars Road)||Beddau, Llantwit Fardre, Church Village and Tonteg|
- Omnibuses Blog reports Edwards commencing local bus services
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- "Pontypridd firm buys Swansea-based Diamond Holidays". BBC News. 2011-01-25.
- "First for Wales as Edwards wins UK Coach of the Year title". Western Mail via WalesOnline.co.uk. May 2, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
- Horton, Wendy (May 22, 2007). "On the buses.(News) Edwards Coaches is very much a family-run business.". South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales). Retrieved 2008-07-26.
- Owen, Cathy (Oct 26 2006). "Cardiff pupils in school bus terror". South Wales Echo via WalesOnline.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
- Cundle, Hilary (June 5, 2008). "Ponty bus timetable to change". Pontypridd Observer. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
- "Bus allows more time to shop. (News)". South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales). June 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-26. "A bus will stop longer in a town centre after"
- "Changes on the buses after requests. (News)". South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales). June 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-26. "Changes will soon take place to the popular Pontypridd to Ty Rhiw bus service following requests"
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