Passengers in the Seaside Town of Pwllheli had their journeys disrupted following a major fire at the Arriva Buses Wales Outstation at the rear of the Glandon BP Petrol Station located on Caernarfon Road on the Outskirts of town
A North Wales Fire and Rescue Spokesperson told us that “fire crews from Pwllheli, Porthmadog and nearby Nefyn were sent at 02:30 AM on Saturday 16th July 2016 to the BP Filling Station following reports from local residents of a explosion at the garage.”
The Fire caused major damage to VDL SB12OCS, Wright Cadet CX04AYC purchased new in March 2004 with financial support from the Welsh Assembly and Anglesey County Council for operation on Service 4 linking Bangor with Holyhead, whilst DAF DB250RS Alexander X400 T305FGN on loan from Arriva’s Rhyl Depot for operation on the newly introduced 3T Open Top Service between Porthmadog and Pwllheli was completely destroyed in the fire.
Its Currently unclear of the cause of the fire but when Bws Cymru Blog Spoke to a Worker at the BP garage, they said
“Were Lucky that the whole Petrol Station didn’t go up as one of the buses [T305FGN] was parked next to a Autogas tank.”
Despite the a major shock to the Drivers Services did continue to operate with replacement buses being sent from the Regional Headquarters in nearby Bangor, joining the third vehicle which survived the Depot Blaze
Despite 100% destruction to the Alexander ALX400 Open Top Double Decker, the new 3T Service did continue to operate, with VDL SB120CS Wright Cadet CX07CRF operating the service on the damp and foggy day across Cardigan Bay.
Operating their Share of the Service 3 was Caelloi Owned Optare Versa YD63UZB