Economy Coach Hire Company
Roy Chard began his business with a taxi and then began with minibuses. His first coach was purchased in 1977 and by then he was trading as Royce Coaches. Further buses were purchased and some stage carriage services were operated as well as private hire and contract work. The services included Wrexham to Eden Drive (Queens Park), Pentre Broughton and Brynteg. In addition a morning service to Llangollen was operated.
Roy was joined in the business by his two sons Andrew and Wayne. The sons took a major part in the operation of the firm during Roy's illness and took over when he unfortunately died in 1990.
The business at one stage traded as Royce Economy Travel and later as Economy Coach Hire. Following the sons taking over they continued with the service to Brynteg and Pentre Broughton. Andrew left the business and Wayne continued as a sole trader. He himself ceased trading in June 1991. Wayne later went to work for Bryn Melyn and for a number of years managed the operations of Bryn Melyn after it became part of the GHA Group.
HISTORIC FLEET LIST
The table below gives a list of all recorded vehicles known to have been with this operator. I am indebted to David Donati for his dedicated work in compiling this data and enabling me to present it.
In the right hand column - where available - there is a link to a photograph of the vehicle. The photo will open in a new window. Links in CAPITAL LETTERS suggest the vehicle is seen when with the operator.
Chassis and body numbers are to be found on the right hand side of the table below. You may need to scroll to see them.
© Ron Hughes and David Donati - any reproduction should give credit to the originator and may require permission.