A1A Travel is an independent bus company based in Birkenhead on the Wirral Peninsula in England. For the development of the company's quality objectives, a quality management system registered to ISO 9000 status was installed. A1A Travel employs approximately 35 people.


A1A travel was founded by Barbra and John Ashworth in the early 1980s and started with only one minicoach which was a Ford with Plaxton President body, the company moved to their current depot in Birkenhead in 1998.

The business grew slowly over the subsequent years, focusing on being a bus company. The fleet peaked at around 20 vehicles of which the majority were used for public service.

The fleet of the company has varied throughout the years and has included a variety of different types of buses including, various Dennis Darts of the step-entrance, SLF 10.7m and MPD 8.8m varieties with Plaxton Pointer and Alexander bodies, Daimler Fleetline, Mercedes Benz 814, Optare Solo, Optare MetroRiders, a Volvo B10M Coach, LDV Convoys, Iveco Daily.


Until July 2010, the company operated mainly contracted local bus services for Merseytravel on the Wirral.[1] However, all of these were re-tendered to other operators in July 2010, with the majority going to Eazibus and a few going to Arriva North West.

These changes left A1A with only two scheduled local services requiring one bus each, these being the hourly 107 and 207, running from Mossley Hill Hospital or Penny Lane via a circular route taking in Dingle, Liverpool city centre (Great Charlotte Street) and Liverpool Women's Hospital. These services had initially been taken on as Merseytravel contracts, but converted to commercial operation in 2009.

In several stages, Stagecoach Merseyside took over operation of the 107 and 207, initially taking on the Saturday service, later also operating the weekday service during Wirral school holidays, producing the odd situation in which the operation of a route wholly within the City of Liverpool was determined by the school holidays of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. Finally, from Tuesday 13 September 2011, Stagecoach assumed full operation of the routes, with plans to replace them from October 2011 with a new half-hourly service 83 on the eastern part of the circular route.

As of 13 September 2011, A1A Travel now operates only school services and private hires, with no scheduled local services remaining.

Fleet summary

Single Deck, Step Entry
Chassis Count Body type(s) Image(s) Notes
LDV Convoy 10 LDV Convoy / Concept 16-seat 100px Fleet Numbers 5, 6, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19
Mercedes-Benz Vario 0.814 2 Plaxton Beaver 2 100px Fleet Numbers 1 and 2, used on private hires and school contracts
Ford Transit 1 Ford Fleet Number 8

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Bus companies in North West England:
Cheshire: Arriva North-West & Wales | Chester Bus | First Chester & The Wirral | First Manchester | Halton Transport | Stagecoach Manchester | Trent Barton | Warrington Borough Transport
Greater Manchester: Arriva North-West & Wales | Burnley & Pendle | First Halifax & Huddersfield | First Manchester | Lancashire United | Rossendale Transport | Stagecoach Manchester | Stagecoach North West | Trent Barton | Warrington Borough Transport
Lancashire: Blackburn Transport | Blackpool Transport | Burnley & Pendle | First Halifax & Huddersfield | Lancashire United | Rossendale Transport | Stagecoach Merseyside | Stagecoach North West
Merseyside: Arriva North-West & Wales | First Chester & The Wirral | Halton Transport | Stagecoach Merseyside | Warrington Borough Transport
National: Megabus | National Express
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