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."
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