Oakwood Travel Services take over remaining services
Another chapter in the history of Classic Bus North West has opened, with the transfer of its licences to Oakwood Travel Services Ltd. In a pre-pack administration, a deal was struck saving 16 jobs and all remaining bus services.
Former Classic Bus North West boss Philip Higgs transferred the licences to Oakwood Travel Service, his sister company. As a result of the administration, eight driving jobs were lost, with a further six from CBNW’s bus refurbishment division.
All remaining services resumed operation. For regular users of the 22, Mr. Higgs said ‘the transition has been quite seamless’. Whether the Red Rocket Express will be cleared for take off this Easter remains to be seen. So far, nothing has been said over some of the heritage vehicles.
From Monday, the Lancashire County Council contracted 80 service from Preston to Blackpool, via Great Eccleston and Inskip will be reinstated with a change of operator. On an emergency tender, Archway Travel will take over the 80 service.
Mr. Higgs’ move is far from extraordinary. Where one business is in turmoil, it is commonplace to register another name and transfer the assets of a previous business to another one, much to the chagrin of employees. We shall see in the next year as to whether this was a smart move.
S.V., 13 January 2014.