Published: 14th July 2016
Dozens of bus routes have been left without services and over 300 people have lost their jobs as a bus company based in Wrexham in north Wales has entered administration.
GHA Coaches had operated several hundred vehicles and provided services across much of north Wales and the nearby English counties Cheshire and Shropshire.
But the company has recently been faced with a series of financial crises and has ultimately been left without any option but to call in administrators.
Efforts were made in recent days by GHA’s directors to put an emergency financial package into place but those endeavours proved unsuccessful and administrators were appointed to manage the company’s affairs on Wednesday July 13th.
The consequences in the short term were that passengers in the areas covered by GHA coaches were left without services, with local councils having to implement urgent contingency plans to minimise disruption as much as possible.
However, the ramifications of the company’s collapse will go beyond those short-term affects with all 320 members of GHA’s workforce having been told that their jobs have gone.
“We will explore all options in terms of bringing any part of the business back to life,” said Jason Bell, one of the appointed administrators in a statement.
“Our immediate responsibility is to look after the interests of the creditors,” he said.
“We are also liaising with the local authorities involved on contingency arrangements for the routes affected.”
GHA had been responsible for running a total of 30 bus routes close to its operating base in Wrexham but none were being run in the wake of the company’s entry into administration.
A spokesperson for Wrexham council told the BBC: “Our priority at the moment is to ensure that our statutory services such as home to school transport are maintained and all pupils get to school.
“With regard to the regional transport services provided by GHA, we are working with other authorities across the north west and north Wales to mitigate the disruption.”
GHA Coaches is not the first Welsh bus company to collapse in recent months with the Pembrokeshire-based Silcox Coaches having entered administration and shed 40 jobs in June.
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