The original predecessor of Arriva Buses Wales was Crosville Motor Services, who ran services in Wales and northern England. The company was split following deregulation in 1986, with the Welsh operation called Crosville Cymru. The English operations would eventually be split between Arriva Midlands, Arriva North West and First Chester & The Wirral.
Crosville Cymru was bought by its management team in 1987 before being taken over by National Express Group in 1989. Drawlane would buy the company in 1991, with Drawlane eventually renamed as British Bus and then Arriva. The company would be known as Arriva Cymru until 25 February 2002, when it merged with Arriva North West, forming part of Arriva North West and Wales. However, on 1 January 2009, the Welsh operations were split off again, under a new managing director, Michael Morton, and a management team based at Llandudno Junction. In late 2012 the management moved to the Bangor depot due to the planned closure and selling of the Llandudno Junction Depot. Llandudno Junction depot closed down in April 2013.
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