2000s—years of gradual improvement
It was from November 2001 that Denbighshire altered the Ruthin to Mold service by
amalgamating the B37 into the B5.
This resulted in more journeys between Ruthin and Mold, some
direct, some via Llanarmon and others via Llanarmon and the other
villages. All were operated by GHA Coaches, till July 2016. Initially, all
three variants were numbered B5 (or simply “5” as shown on some
buses) and, to avoid confusion, in June 2006, those direct via the
A494 became 1A and later X1; those just via Llanarmon became 1;
and others via Llanarmon, Graianrhyd, Eryrys and Maeshafn were
given service number 2.
By now, apart from at school
times, Mercedes minibuses
had become the norm on the
Ruthin to Mold service. These
seated between 25 and 33.
The last double decks had
been withdrawn by 2007, after
which GHA then used a high-
capacity single deck for a while
on school journeys.
Also in November 2001, GHA
was able to link Ruthin - Mold
with its separate 41 Mold -
Treuddyn - Chesters, so that
Chester passengers from
Ruthin need no longer change
buses at Mold. The journey time from Mold to Chester was, however, almost 90 minutes. The
following summer, this was advertised as the “LoggerheadsLink”.
In January 2003, the service was supplemented on Wednesdays and Saturdays with one return
journey from Mold to Llanferres only. This element was initially operated by GHA Coaches but
thereafter by Townlynx of Greenfield, near Holywell.
Meanwhile, between May 2003 and 2005, GHA accepted up to two bicycles in a pen within its Ruthin
to Mold buses. By then, outside school times, the bus service tended to be operated progressively
by low floor accessible buses without steps. This especially benefited passengers with shopping,
luggage and parents with buggies.
In 2009, Denbighshire made further improvements to the Ruthin to Mold
service and, in the following year, two return through journeys operated as X1
between Ruthin, Mold and Chester, with an end-to-end journey time of just 60
minutes, saving about 30 minutes on the previous journey. These also operated
via Broughton Retail Park. Passenger numbers on these journeys have
consistently been higher than any
other on the corridor (except
journeys carrying school learners). In
March 2012, all 1As between Ruthin
and Mold direct also became X1.
GHA ceased trading after last operation on July 13th
2016. Stagecoach stepped in for a few days and there
followed a brief period when Townlynx operated the
service. The Townlynx name derived from latter day
Crosville operations. From July 25th, 2016, Stagecoach of Chester took over. Stagecoach’s Chester
business was a successor to the former Crosville company and Stagecoach operated Optare Solo
low floor buses.
X319 CBT, a former Optare Solo M850 low floor 30-seat demonstrator which
then passed to GHA in LoggerheadsLink livery at the launch of the through
Ruthin - Mold - Treuddyn - Chester service
TIL 8034 on service (B)5, in the first of two
Vale Rider liveries, seen in 2003
Townlynx at Llanarmon
© 1919-2019 Denbighshire County Council
Seen at Llanarmon in July 2016
is this Stagecoach Optare Solo
An example of a minibus that regularly appeared on the Ruthin- Mold
services. New in 1996, N2 GHA was one of the first brand new vehicles
purchased by GHA and often used on the Ruthin - Mold corridor till
accessible buses took over from 2001
A Volvo B10M-55 with Alexander PS 48-seat body used often by GHA on the service