Barnsley based independent bus company ceases operations after liquidation
Tates Travel, formed in 2003, ceased operation of all stage carriage services this Monday at 4pm. The family run bus and coach operator based in Barugh Green had a fleet of 39 buses, which had been cut to 22 this year. Throughout West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire, they operated a number of commercial and tendered services. On summer weekends, this included the 951 service from Glossop to Huddersfield via Holme Moss and Holmfirth.
The company has been under fire by Travel South Yorkshire and its passengers for poor timekeeping and maintenance procedures. A Public Inquiry was held last October by the Traffic Commissioners in Leeds. This week, it was one of 92 companies named and shamed in the Daily Mirror for failing to pay the National Minimum Wage to one employee.
Tates Travel’s demise sees a significant loss in the number of tendered services. With Derbyshire County Council considering the total withdrawal of its tendered bus services, the 951 summer service could be in doubt this year. So far, only the 23, 23A, 24 and 92 services will be seeing a change of operator tomorrow morning.
The 23 and 23A services provide an important link between Barnsley, Stocksbridge, Deepcar and Penistone. It is the only bus service to call at most of the places hitherto served by the Woodhead line till 1970. The 24 offers an important link with Denby Dale and Barnsley, providing an alternative option to the Sheffield – Huddersfield trains along the Penistone line.
Of great importance – and among the most scenic routes – is the 92 service to Holmfirth from Barnsley (via Cubley and Penistone). This provides an important lifeline for the villages, and offers a suitable route for walkers.
Though we know the future of the 23, 23A, 24 and 92 services are assured for the foreseeable future, the fate of its former tendered services is parlous for the communities they served. We hope the employees of Tates Travel find suitable employment as soon as possible. There’s never a good time to lose your job; February is probably the worst being shortly after Christmas.
S.V., 08 February 2016.