For over 100 years Crosville and its successors (Crosville Wales and Arriva Cymru) have been the largest operator of buses in north East Wales.
The firm of Crosville, which was initially formed in 1906, did not start as a bus business. The company of Crosville Motor Company Limited was formed with the intention of manufacturing motor cars. The name Crosville was derived from part of the family name Crosland and from the name George de Ville who was a French associate. The car manufacturing business was not a success and the firm concentrated on repairs and maintenance of cars and boats at their premises in Crane Wharf Chester.
Crosville involvement with running buses started in earnest in February 1911 when they began operating a service from Chester to Ellesmere Port. The plans to run buses started a few years earlier but the initial buses they purchased were not totally successful and it also took a year or so to gain the necessary approval to run the service.
Further services in Cheshire were operated and a number of businesses in that area were purchased.
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Crosville began running into North East Wales during World War 1 when they supplied transport to the munitions factory in Queensferry. This service was under the direct control of the Ministry of Munitions.
In July 1918 Crosville obtained a licence to operate a public service from Chester Market Square which ran through Mollington and Great Saughall to Connah's Quay.
Crosville started working in the Mold area during 1919. Prior to the Great War of 1914 – 1918 the railway company London and North Western Railway Company <<LINK to LandNWR page>> not only had a good network of rail services they also established a fleet of buses running services between Mold and Connah's Quay, Mold and Holywell, Mold to Llanferres and Mold to Buckley. However all these services stopped on the outbreak of the war with all of the buses being commandeered. After the war the railway company did not re-commence bus services and a vacuum was created which Crosville was able to fill.