Wrexham based coach operator GHA Coaches ceased trading this week with the loss of over 300 jobs, the company ran public and school services across Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Cheshire. Parents of children impacted were left in the dark on Wednesday evening when news of the closure first broke, turning to social media to try and find out what services were affected and if any interim measures were being implemented.
Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Samantha Dixon, said on Thursday that "The Council was made aware that GHA Coaches had ceased trading late last night (Wednesday).
"The company operated school transport contracts within our borough, as well as local bus services, many of which also carry school children. Since the announcement last night officers have worked swiftly and tirelessly to provide alternative provision wherever possible.
"Making sure our pupils could get to school this morning has been our first priority. Replacement buses were sourced for the majority of pupils at Helsby, Christleton, St Nicholas RC, Chester Catholic and Bishops' Blue Coat CE High Schools and schools were able to notify parents of the situation by text and via websites early this morning.
"Every effort is now being made to cover local bus services where possible and we are working closely with local operators. Not all routes will be covered immediately and there will be initial gaps in service, and other services will operate on a reduced emergency timetable.
"The Council is also working very closely with neighbouring authorities, both on the immediate implications of the news and to set in place longer-term plans.
"For anyone unsure about whether their local bus service is running I would encourage you to check on our website www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk, Twitter — @Go_CheshireWest or Facebook page — which are being regularly updated — or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233."
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Temporary Road ClosureBickley Lane in BickleyNotice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which will be to prohibit traffic on the following lengths of roads in Bickley to enable Utility Works, works to be carried out by AmeyAccess will be maintained for residents and emergency vehicles i.e. fire brigade, ambulance or...
Caution — Mud on Local RoadsLocal residents are being urged to drive with caution, if using the local lanes to bypass the works at Bradley Bridge instead of using the official alternative route via the A41 Trunk road.These minor roads being subjected to use by large volumes of traffic including Heavy Goods Vehicles, and large low loaders delivering mechanical diggers and building supplies to...
Help cut Christmas congestion on the Park & RideThe countdown to Christmas is well underway and the city centre is getting more crowded with shoppers and cars by the day.This festive season Cheshire West and Chester Council is encouraging visitors to the city centre to give the Park & Ride a try.The service cuts traffic queues by sailing into the city in dedicated bus lanes and passengers...
The Jubilee Hall, Malpas
Craddock Court, Malpas
Chorlton Lane Village Hall, Chorlton Lane, Malpas, SY14 7ER
High Street Church