WARRINGTON’S Own Buses moved swiftly today to save jobs and routes following the collapse of neighbouring bus company Halton Transport.
In a statement the Warrington outfit expressed sadness to hear of the events at Halton.
The Warrington bus company stepped in to secure 26 jobs, for drivers and engineers, as well as ensuring that key bus connections to Warrington are maintained.
This weekend, Warrington bus company managers will be on hand to welcome former Halton Transport colleagues, giving them an induction to the company, alongside important safety information, uniform and equipment. The Warrington bus fleet will increase by 17 to cater for the additional passengers and stepping in to operate the 20, 20a, 3d and the Warrington only journeys of the 62.
Details of services and times will be added to warringtonsownbuses.co.uk as soon as possible.
Ben Wakerley, Managing Director of Warrington’s Own Buses commented:
“We are very sad to hear about the events at Halton Transport and have acted quickly to reinstate services, alongside fellow bus operators. We are working to secure jobs for people from Halton Transport and to ensure that bus services continue to operate, as they are a lifeline for many parts of our community.
“It is becoming ever more vital that supportive measures and policies are implemented for buses across England, as buses are under immense competition from private car ownership, with the associated congestion and negative environmental impacts that cars cause”.
Warrington’s Own Buses will be operating the 20, 20a, 3d and the Warrington only journeys of the 62. The 20 and 20a will commence operation tomorrow, January 25, the 3d from January 26. Warrington’s Own Buses will also take over running of the bus services to Riverside & Cronton Colleges from this Monday January 27, with the college services running at the usual time and routes.
Other bus companies are stepping in to take over other Halton routes.