Friday 29 April 2016

Arriva in talks to sell Burton bus services to Midland Classic

From the Burton Mail

BURTON's main bus company is in talks to sell the majority of its operation in the town – sparking fears that jobs could be under threat.

Bosses at Arriva have confirmed to the Mail that the company is talking to Midland Classic – the other firm which supplies routes across the town - to sell the 'majority' of its Burton operation.
The news has provoked fears of job losses in the town as the Wetmore Road base is all but now in the hands of Midlands Classic after the Traffic Commissioner granted permission for it to add the depot to its portfolio.

However, Arriva area managing director Simon Mathieson told the Mail he was 'confident' no jobs were under threat.He said: "We are currently in talks with Midland Classic about the potential sale of the majority of our Burton business to them.
"One of our key concerns when discussing this course of action was the protection of jobs for those who work at the Burton depot, and we are pleased to confirm that any deal would including the undertaking of staff over to the new operator.
Mr Mathieson added: "We are committed to working with all those involved to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible, and that under this new structure, not only will the employee's best interests be taken into full consideration, but that bus users throughout Burton will continue to benefit from affordable, quality transport services."