Park and ride saved after bus firm's collapse

Park and ride saved after bus firm's collapse

Park and ride saved after bus firm's collapse

First published in News

WILTSHIRE Council bosses and administrators have secured a deal to keep bus services running in the wake of the collapse of Hatts Coaches.

The 85-year-old Foxham firm, which ran Salisbury’s park and ride and other routes, called in administrators last week and told 89 staff they had lost their jobs.

The council and administrator FRP Advisory continued to operate the Pewsey Vale Connect2Wiltshire Bus service and the Park and Ride service in Salisbury with the support of Wiltshire Council while it looked to secure other operators to run them.

The administrators will run the service until the last scheduled bus route tomorrow.

The council and the administrators have found three new operators who will take over the Connect2Wiltshire service and the Park and Ride service from Saturday morning.

APL Travel will take over as operators for the Pewsey Vale Connect 2 Wiltshire bus service on Saturday. Wilts & Dorset will operate the Salisbury Park and Ride services from the sites at Wilton, London Road and Beehive, while Stagecoach will operate the other S services at Britford and Pertersfinger.

Andrew Sheridan, partner at FRP Advisory and joint administrator to Hatts, said: “This is a really great outcome, most importantly for the travelling public who rely on the park and ride operation in Salisbury, especially in the peak summer period for visitors to the historic city, and of course public bus routes in rural areas.

"This also provides immediate job positions with the new operators for all the 30 staff involved in providing these vital services.

"I would personally like to thank Wiltshire Council for their collaborative approach and understanding in working with us to ensure a constructive, commercial solution for all concerned and ensuring the best interests of the travelling public were kept at the heart of the process.”

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5:28pm Thu 31 Jul 14

IanMcL says...

"Wilts & Dorset will operate the Salisbury Park and Ride services from the sites at Wilton, London Road and Beehive"

Back to square one.
"Wilts & Dorset will operate the Salisbury Park and Ride services from the sites at Wilton, London Road and Beehive" Back to square one. IanMcL
  • Score: 7

6:39pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Webby_P says...

IanMcL wrote:
"Wilts & Dorset will operate the Salisbury Park and Ride services from the sites at Wilton, London Road and Beehive" Back to square one.
Totally agree with the comment "Back to square one" W&D cant sort out there normal services in and around Salisbury let alone start doing the park and ride again.
[quote][p][bold]IanMcL[/bold] wrote: "Wilts & Dorset will operate the Salisbury Park and Ride services from the sites at Wilton, London Road and Beehive" Back to square one.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with the comment "Back to square one" W&D cant sort out there normal services in and around Salisbury let alone start doing the park and ride again. Webby_P
  • Score: 5

10:02pm Thu 31 Jul 14

nesspah says...

As "gingin" said about the coach parking - what a mess this unitary authority are making of everything - we shall soon be able to have a dedicated "council ****-up" column in the Journal.
Local company established for 85 years suddenly expands into park/ride, then rapidly takes on yet more bus routes .......... any darned fool could see the dangers, unless the firm had either a massive cash injection or loads of security.
Do they have anyone up there in Trowbridge who understands sub contracting ?
As "gingin" said about the coach parking - what a mess this unitary authority are making of everything - we shall soon be able to have a dedicated "council ****-up" column in the Journal. Local company established for 85 years suddenly expands into park/ride, then rapidly takes on yet more bus routes .......... any darned fool could see the dangers, unless the firm had either a massive cash injection or loads of security. Do they have anyone up there in Trowbridge who understands sub contracting ? nesspah
  • Score: 6

2:58pm Fri 1 Aug 14

sarah2803 says...

I agree that the customers need to be catered for - I am one of them - but please spare a thought for the drivers who have been left unsure as to what their future may be. The press may say that they will all have jobs at the end of the transition, but I happen to know otherwise.
I agree that the customers need to be catered for - I am one of them - but please spare a thought for the drivers who have been left unsure as to what their future may be. The press may say that they will all have jobs at the end of the transition, but I happen to know otherwise. sarah2803
  • Score: 0

7:54pm Mon 4 Aug 14

AuraTodd says...

Prices will probably start going up, then buses being late etc...
Prices will probably start going up, then buses being late etc... AuraTodd
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Tue 5 Aug 14

journalist1 says...

nesspah wrote:
As "gingin" said about the coach parking - what a mess this unitary authority are making of everything - we shall soon be able to have a dedicated "council ****-up" column in the Journal.
Local company established for 85 years suddenly expands into park/ride, then rapidly takes on yet more bus routes .......... any darned fool could see the dangers, unless the firm had either a massive cash injection or loads of security.
Do they have anyone up there in Trowbridge who understands sub contracting ?
I thought I was already writing a dedicated "council ****-up column"! It certainly feels like it sometimes.
[quote][p][bold]nesspah[/bold] wrote: As "gingin" said about the coach parking - what a mess this unitary authority are making of everything - we shall soon be able to have a dedicated "council ****-up" column in the Journal. Local company established for 85 years suddenly expands into park/ride, then rapidly takes on yet more bus routes .......... any darned fool could see the dangers, unless the firm had either a massive cash injection or loads of security. Do they have anyone up there in Trowbridge who understands sub contracting ?[/p][/quote]I thought I was already writing a dedicated "council ****-up column"! It certainly feels like it sometimes. journalist1
  • Score: 1

1:02am Wed 6 Aug 14

Hartley Hare says...

Bring back Badgerline!
Bring back Badgerline! Hartley Hare
  • Score: 1

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