Service Changes

We are sorry to announce that we have lost the contract to provide the following school services:

  • 554 – Bedford High School to Tyldesley (pm)
  • 931 – Higher Fold to Astley (am and pm)
  • 988 – Leigh to Golborne High School & Hope Academy Newton (am)

We have also lost the contract for the following “school days only” service:

  • 58407:41 Crankwood to Leigh service
    This does not affect our 07:14 (then hourly) service (timetable).

The following service has had a timetable change:

  • 990 – Hag Fold to Westleigh High School.
    From 3rd September, this service will depart from Spa Road Turning Circle at 0749 (timetable).

Finally, it is with pleasure that we can announce the introduction of a new schools service. From 3rd September, we will be operating a new school route:

  • 935 – Bedford High School to Hag Fold (am and pm) (timetable).

Minor changes to 586 – Leigh – Gin Pit – Tyldesley – Parsonage Retail Park Circular

586 – Leigh – Gin Pit – Tyldesley – Parsonage Retail Park Circular

We are pleased to inform you that from Monday 24th April 2017 our contract with Transport for Greater Manchester will operate for an extra 6 months.

The route has been extended to Tyldesley Town Centre and is no longer hourly. The new route will operate every 80 minutes so please check out the new timetable here.

Thank you.


Minor changes to 583 Sunday service – Hag Fold, Atherton, Westleigh, Leigh

583 Sunday service – Hag Fold, Atherton, Westleigh, Leigh

We are pleased to inform you that from Sunday 23rd April 2017 our contract with Transport for Greater Manchester has been extended for a further two years.

There has been a slight change made to the timetable by TfGM and the final departure from Leigh will now be at 1720.

Please see the new timetable here.



Easter Services

Please be aware that on Good Friday and Easter Monday the only service we are able to operate is our 583 Hag Fold, Atherton, Westleigh, Leigh Circular.  Click here for the timetable.

Normal services on Saturday and back to normal on Tuesday 18th April 2017.

Everyone at Jim Stones would like to wish you a happy Easter

Minor changes to 583 – Leigh to Hag Fold Sunday Service

Dear Passengers

583 – Leigh to Hag Fold Sunday Service

With effect from Sunday 11th December Transport for Greater Manchester have made minor route and timetable changes to Jim Stones Sunday and Blue Diamond Monday to Saturday evening services.

In Atherton the bus stops for Hag Fold will be the two in Mealhouse Lane and the bus stop/terminus in Flapper Fold Lane will no longer be served on the 583 service.

The service has also been re-routed to operate via Water Street, Formby Avenue, Car Bank Street, Somerset Road and Warwick Road and then the normal route to Spa Road with a minor timetable change.

Please ask the driver for a new timetable.


B1 JYM Damaged by vandals – CCTV

Our brand new bus, B1 JYM, was badly damaged at 5.15pm on Tuesday 15th November 2016.

The incident occurred on Nel Pan Lane near Old Clare Farm.

The vandals can be seen hiding on the lane behind Glover Street and Garden Vale. They are about to leave, when they see our bus, and return to their hiding spot.

As the bus passed, they threw what appeared to be handfuls of stones at the bus – shattering three side windows.


We appreciate the video isn’t good enough to recognise faces, but there is enough to identify these criminals. They were also throwing items at passing cars and vans before B1 JYM was targeted.

Fortunately, there were no passengers in the affected section of the bus and whilst a little shaken up at the time, the driver was uninjured and has recovered from the incident. B1 JYM has also made a full recovery to the tune of £1,000 !

If you have any information which may be helpful, you may contact us in strictest confidence.


Site Update!

We are pleased to announce that we have updated our site. While we have transferred all of the content from the old site, and retained a similar look and feel, some things might not be where you are used to finding them. The biggest change to the site is Accessibility. The site will now work properly across all browsers and devices, and should be compatible with other accessibility technologies. If you discover any issues, please let us know – our contact details are on the sidebar to the right of every page.

Images have been moved to a dedicated Gallery page, Timetables have been split into three categories: Normal Service Timetables, School Service Timetables and Sunday Service Timetables. and our Fleet List has moved to Meet the Fleet. Our Company History and Profile now has its own page too.

Our News section will continue to provide updates on Service and Timetable changes. A link to the last three new items will appear in the sidebar of each page. You will soon be able to subscribe to our Timetable and Service Alteration RSS feeds, ensuring you are notified of any changes as soon as they are announced.