Friday, 24 August 2012

Stagecoach Looses Grimsby Cleethorpes Contracts due to e tendering

Following the loss of contracts which have been let by means of the e tendering process, Stagecoach East Midlands are having to cut back their service 12 route in Grimsby Cleethorpes and have issued the following statement on their website. It explains that Stagecoach have refused to participate in e tendering.

Stagecoach East Midlands regrets to announce that a number of journeys on the Service 12 timetable between the Grange Estate, Grimsby Town Centre, Cleethorpes and New Waltham are being withdrawn from 3 September 2012.
Stagecoach has been providing Service 12 during off peak periods for older people and those with mobility difficulties who found it difficult to walk to more frequent adjacent bus services in the area. The timetable was operated between two school buses, which served Healing School.
North East Lincolnshire Council has retendered all school transport in the Grimsby Cleethorpes area using an e-auction process. Stagecoach East Midlands has concerns about this method of procurement and consequently does not participate in e-auctions. This has led to the Healing school work being allocated to another bus operator.
The loss of the two Healing contracts (along with the financial income from the work, which covers the maintenance, tax and insurance costs for the buses involved) means that Stagecoach is unable to run the whole of the Service 12 timetable.
Stagecoach has tried to maintain as much of the Service 12 timetable as possible by fitting the work into existing schedules. From 3 September 2012 Service 12 will operate between 1000hrs and 1400hrs, Monday to Friday. The current timetable will continue to run all day on Saturdays.