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Planes Grounded

30/03/2019

Following the discovery of a potential fault with the Boeing 737 Max jet, the fleet has been grounded pending a fix being issued. Some airlines and tour operators including Tui have reported that it's increase costs.

Meanwhile, FlyBMI and Wow Air have ceased trading. Loganair have replaced some FlyBMI routes to Newcastle International Airport.

New Inverness Hub for Timberbush

30/03/2019

Timberbush Tours have opened a new hub at Inverness Bus Station. From, here the firm will operated a variety of tours to places such as Applecross, Skye, Loch Ness, John O'Groats and Orkney, with duration's of 1 to 3 days. A variety of Mercedes-Benz minibuses will be used.

Timberbush are based in Edinburgh and operate a variety of tours throughout Scotland and into Northern England. They also have a base in Glasgow.

EYMS Joins the Go Ahead Group

18/06/2018

Go North East, a division of the Go Ahead Group, have acquired East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) from Peter Shipp.

East Yorkshire will now operate as a stand alone company within Go North East, and will be overseen by Go North East's board of directors.

The Go Ahead Group as a whole is still in a period of controversy, with ongoing issues at the rail division Govia (including Southern and Thameslink). The bus division has not been without problems either, with several reductions of service in the East Anglia region, with led to the demise of Anglian Bus.

Bristol Community Transport to Operate Bristol Metrobus Route

09/04/2018

Bristol Community Transport, a division of the social enterprise firm HCT Group, are to operate the longest route of the new Bristol Metrobus scheme. They will operate route M1 (Cribbs Causeway to Hengrove Park) under contract to First West of England.

Bristol Community Transport will spend 7 million pounds on 21 low emission gas double deck buses, and will create up to 60 new jobs.

Profits from the route will be invested into other transport improvements and community projects.

Crosville Closure

06/03/2018

Independent firm Crosville, based in Weston super Mare is to cease trading on the 21st of April. First have registered to take over service 100 (Sand Bay to town centre), but route 106 is yet to have a replacement operator. Crosville have blamed increased competition and falling passenger numbers.

Parent firm JJP Holdings South West (and it's other subsidiaries) continues to operate, and talks are ongoing with affected members of staff.

Stephenson's of Easingwold Ceases Trading

22/01/2018

North Yorkshire independent Stephenson's of Easingwold have ceased trading. North Yorkshire County Council have arranged cover for all school bus services affected.

Most of the companies other bus routes are commercially operated. The 181 is being replaced by Connexions Buses, whilst routes 29, 31, and 31X are now operated by Transdev Yorkshire Coastliner. Reliance Buses are also operating the 31X between Easingwold and Helmsley. There are no replacements yet for the other services, including the Malton area services.

Go-Ahead Rebrands Anglian Bus

28/11/2017

Go-Ahead dropped the Anglian Bus name on the 20th November, in favour of the Konectbus brand. Services remain unchanged, with timetable and other information transferred to the Konectbus website. Fleet lists on this website will be merged in due course.

Stansted Citylink Ceases

31/10/2017

Comfort Delgro's Stansted Citylink coach service between London and Stansted Airport ceased at midnight on Saturday 28th October. The Ireland operations, and the Stagecoach and Comfort Delgro jointly owned Scottish Citylink continue unaffected.

Monarch Enters Administration

02/10/2017

Monarch Airlines has entered administration and has ceased trading. Customers have been advised that all outbound flights from the UK have been cancelled. Passengers will be brought back to the UK over the next 14 days. See the Civil Aviation Authority website (monarch.caa.co.uk) for more details.

Utopia Coaches and Andrews (Shetland) Reach the End of the Road

06/09/2017

Utopia Coaches, of Sherburn-in-Elment, ceased trading in August. North Yorkshire County Council have found replacement operators for 8 of the 9 routes affected. The remaining route recieved no council support, and a replacement operator has not stepped in.

Seperately, Andrews (Shetland) Ltd (not to be confused with other opetators of a similar name) have also ceased trading. The firm operated supported bus routes, contracts, and private hires. The named implies operation on the Shetland isles, but in fact the company operated on Orkney and the mainland. Stagecoach Highlands (Stagecoach North Scotland) have stepped in to cover some of the routes.

Gold No More: Megabus Sleeper Service to End

16/04/2017

The Megabus Gold overninght sleeper coach services between London and Scotland and within Scotland are to end on the 21st of May, four years after their launch. The services struggled to compete with the budget airlines and rail services, and were used mostly by those seeking to reduce accomodation costs.

Whilst the service did have a loyal customer base, revenues were not high enough to justify continuing to run the service.

No other Megabus services are affected.

Sad End to the Jewel in the Rural Bus Crown

18/10/2016

Spririt Buses, the one bus firm based in Rothbury, Northumberland, is to close at the end of operations on the 5th November.

An Arriva service change meant that Sprit Buses were no longer able to offer the same connections as previously avialable, and were unable to adapt their timetable, to re-establish connections.

Following an unsucessful bid to operate the Rothbury to Morpeth service (which would have allowed operation of existing services to continue), Sprit Buses decided that the only cost effective thing to do was to close.

Prudhoe based PCL Travel have taken on a Northumberland County Council tender to operate routes 15 and 16 from the 6th November, on an un-altered timetable. These two routes previously ran commercially.

More information can be found at: www.spiritbuses.co.uk/news.html

Webberbus of Bridgewater has Ceased Trading

16/05/2016

Independent operator Webberbus of Bridgewater, Somerset has ceased trading at short notice on Thursday 12th May. The company operated a number of local bus routes as well as providing coach hire.

First Group's The Buses of Somerset is providing replacements for most routes, with some work being hired out to Crossville Motor Services of Weston-Super-Mare. Crossville are also recruiting some Webberbus drivers.

Takeovers and Closures

25/02/2016

Perryman's of Berwick-upon-Tweed has been sold to West Coast Motors. Perryman's operate bus and school services across the Berwick area, and across much of the Scottish Borders, as well as private hires.

Tates Travel of Yorkshire has ceased trading. The company had been part owned by Bermuda based Island Fortitude, who owned a number of British independent firms, nearly all of which have hit financial problems. Tates Travel had become independently owned again.