Selwyns Travel

Selwyns Travel[1] is a coach tour operator based in Runcorn, England.

Selwyns Travel
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Van Hool bodied VDL DE4000 in Liverpool in April 2013
Founded1968; 54 years ago (1968)
Service typeCoach operator

Selwyns Travel was founded in 1968 by Robert Alun Jones. It grew with the purchase of Yates Tours in 1979, the Manchester Airport division of Ambassador Coaches t/a Starline Travel in 1994[nb 1], Hardings Tours, Liverpool in 1996 and Haytons, Manchester in 2011.[2][3]

In March 2013, the business was sold to the RATP Group with a fleet of 90 vehicles operating from depots in Runcorn, Manchester and St Helens.[4][5][6]

In April 2020 RATP returned control back to Selwyn Jones through his newly incorporated private company, Selwyns Coaches Limited which became the major shareholder of Selwyns Travel Limited.[7]

Selwyns operate from 3 depots in the North West as well as a National Express out station based at Leeds Coach Station

Their Head Office depot in Runcorn, which covers Private Hire bookings, Various College contracts including Sir John Deanes College and Reaseheath College and the Liverpool Hope University to Liverpool South Parkway shuttle and some National Express routes.[4][8][9]

Sharston depot in Manchester which is responsible for Selwyns Airside operations at Manchester Airport and also National Express routes Operate from this depot

Prenton Depot on the Wirral operates various school contracts on behalf of Wirral council

During the 2021 Go North West strike, Selwyns Travel was one of a number of bus operators who provided vehicles and drivers to operate services on behalf of Go North West along with Edwards Coaches and Midland Classic.[10]


  1. ^ Starline Travel was sold to British Bus t/a North Western Road Car Co. Ambassador Coaches was a joint venture between Bullocks Coaches and Starline which traded as Starline Travel. The airport division of Ambassador Coaches was separated from the Cheshire division, with the airport division being sold to Selwyns and the Cheshire division remaining with Bullocks


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 1385533 Selwyns Travel Limited
  2. ^ History Selwyns Travel
  3. ^ Haytons saved by rival Selwyns in pre-pack deal Manchester Evening News 5 December 2011
  4. ^ a b Metrolink operator RATP swoops on Selwyns Manchester Evening News 18 March 2013
  5. ^ "RATP acquires Selwyn Travel" Coach & Bus Week issue 1079 20 March 2013 page 7
  6. ^ "RATP adds sixth UK leg with Selwyns acquisition" Buses issue 698 May 2013 page 7
  7. ^ "Selwyns Travel Limited". Companies House. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  8. ^ Bus Routes Selwyns Travel
  9. ^ More of the same for Selwyn's coaches Transport Engineer 3 May 2011
  10. ^ "#NoGo: solidarity with the Go NW bus strike". Manchester Trades Union Council. Retrieved 15 August 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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