Extensions beyond Ruthin and Mold
During the 100 years of the Ruthin to Mold bus service, among its many changes have been
extensions to other locations.
Direct daily bus services from Birkenhead to Mold, Loggerheads and Ruthin began in 1924 at a fare
to Ruthin of 6/- or 30p and to Loggerheads of 4/- (20p). There were two daily journeys in summer
and one in winter. There was also a daily summer charabanc service from Birkenhead to
Loggerheads only, using a saloon with retractable canvas roof.
Most journeys to and from Birkenhead also extended beyond Ruthin to Denbigh.
For the winter of 1930, there were two journeys, one in the morning and the other late afternoon
(1015 and 1800 ex-Birkenhead; and 0900 and 1700 ex-Denbigh). Buses did not wait at Ruthin.
By the summer of 1935, there were four journeys daily to and from Birkenhead, with two in
This pattern continued until the war, when the journeys were reduced to one. On a Sunday, it left
Birkenhead at 1115 and other days at 1715, with the Sunday service leaving Denbigh at 1605 and
other days at 0830. This indicates that Sunday traffic was from the Wirral no doubt for leisure
purposes in North Wales. Weekday traffic, on the other hand, was to bring people from Denbigh
and Ruthin to Birkenhead for shopping and personal business, no doubt with some transferring at
Birkenhead Woodside onto Mersey ferries for Liverpool.
After the war, in 1947, there were two journeys in the summer and one in the winter. In 1949, this,
however, appears to have reduced to one but increased to two in the summer months of 1950. In
1953, it increased further to three journeys in the summer and then to four in the summer of 1955
but remained throughout at one journey in the winter.
This pattern of four in the summer and one in the winter continued from 1955 till 1961, when it
reduced to only one journey daily throughout the year, again with the Sunday journey leaving
Birkenhead in the morning, whereas during the week the morning departure was from Denbigh.
During the period 1967 to 1968, the summer journeys were increased to two but from 1968 till
1983 it reverted to one.
From the summer of 1983, the direct journey from Denbigh through to Birkenhead ceased,
although there was a journey from Denbigh through to Mold with a connection for an onward
journey to Birkenhead.
Since 1959, the service number for the Denbigh - Ruthin - Mold - Birkenhead service was F9 and
immediately prior to this it was 104.
During the 100 years of the Ruthin to Mold service, there were a number of periods when
passengers were able to travel from Mold directly to Denbigh via Ruthin, without leaving their bus.
As mentioned above, journeys from Birkenhead also extended to Denbigh. In the earlier periods
from 1925 when Denbigh was shown in the Birkenhead - Mold - Ruthin timetable, there was always
a time when passengers could stop over at Ruthin on the journey for at least 30 minutes,
suggesting that there may have been a change of bus.
By 1928, it is clearer that buses travelled through from Mold to Ruthin and then to Denbigh with
about four through journeys on most days during the summer but only one journey in the Winter.
By 1930, the timetables stopped showing through journeys but did show a good connection at
The Birkenhead service continued to run through to Denbigh until its demise in 1983.
In September1990, Crosville Wales, who was at that stage operating the Ruthin to Mold service,
extended the service from Ruthin to Denbigh and from Mold to Chester. It was given the service
number B5 and there were four journeys that went from Denbigh via Ruthin and Mold through to
Chester during the day. It did not operate on Sundays. A few months later, in February 1991, the
service changed, running now from Rhyl but terminating in Mold, without continuing to Chester.
There were five through journeys Rhyl to Mold and it was given the service number 52. In October
of 1991, however, Crosville Wales ended this experiment and the service reverted to Mold - Ruthin
- Denbigh, with only two through journeys beyond Ruthin to Denbigh, these now also given the
service number B5. In July 1994, the extension to Denbigh ended and the service from Mold
reverted to terminating at Ruthin.
Today’s service extends to Chester on two journeys per weekday.
This has not always been the case. After the war, in a significant development, 1949 saw Crosville
introduce its first through Ruthin - Mold - Chester service, numbered 56. It operated one return
journey from Ruthin beyond Mold to Chester daily, save for Wednesdays & Sundays. The 56 was
soon to become two return journeys per operational day.
In September 1965, Crosville withdrew the Ruthin - Chester through service which, till then, had
still operated five days a week.
Through journeys resumed again in 1977. Crosville allocated the service number B8 and there
were four journeys from Ruthin into Chester on Mondays to Fridays with an extra journey on a
By 1980, the service number changed to B1X and there was one extra journey each day. In 1985,
the service was reduced to only four journeys and yet another service number allocated, this time
B7 and B7X. In 1986, however, the extension to Chester again ceased.
The extension reappeared in 2001 when, by that time, the service was being operated by GHA
Coaches under contract to both Denbighshire and Flintshire County Councils. GHA was able to link
Ruthin - Mold B5 with its separate 41 Mold - Treuddyn - Chesters so that Chester passengers from
Ruthin need no longer change buses at Mold. The journey time from Ruthin to Chester was almost
90 minutes. The following summer, this was advertised as the “LoggerheadsLink”.
Denbighshire County Council made improvements to the Ruthin to Mold service in 2009 and again
in 2010 and introduced two return through journeys operated initially as 1A and then 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.
The extension to Chester operates in this way today and passenger numbers on these journeys
have consistently been higher than any other on the corridor (except journeys carrying school
Other Extensions to the Service
The service from Birkenhead to Mold, Loggerheads, Ruthin and Denbigh commenced in 1924. In
1926, however, a further through service commenced on the Wirral from Liscard Village. The route
included Wallasey, Moreton, Hoylake, West Kirby and Heswall. One journey leaving Liscard at 1000
went through to Ruthin, with a connection for Denbigh and one journey from Liscard at 1430
terminated at Loggerheads.
Also in 1926, a through service to Ruthin started from Warrington, serving Frodsham and Widnes.
There was also a facility for a connection from Northwich. This service only operated in the
In 1927, a daily service commenced from Liverpool that went through Garston, Speke, Widnes and
Runcorn, crossing the Mersey by the Widnes-Runcorn Transporter Bridge. While showing
connections to Ruthin and Denbigh, those travelling through were required to change at
Loggerheads onto the bus that had originated in Liscard.
The through service from Liverpool, Warrington and Liscard did not appear in the timetables from
the early 1930s, although there were a number of services that terminated in Loggerheads that
did. Most of these journeys became express services and would not convey any passengers other
than those going to and from Loggerheads.
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Birkenhead Woodside in the late 1960s, overlooking the Mersey to Liverpool, with blue
Birkenhead Corporation buses predominating. To protect Birkenhead Corporation, there
was a special condition attached to Crosville’s timetable preventing Crosville from
picking up and setting down in the Birkenhead to Bromborough section. Note the lone
Crosville saloon in green, to the right