School bus firms run Oxfordshire routes after closure

  • 1 November 2012
  • From the section Oxford

Two new school bus operators have been found to take on the Oxfordshire routes affected by the closure of the company that previously ran them.

Jeffs Coaches went into administration in late last month.

Cheney Travel will now take over its routes to Cropredy School and Banbury schools St. Johns and Blessed George Napier.

Magdalen College students in Brackley will be picked up by County Connect bus run by Northamptonshire County Council.

Oxfordshire County Council said the changes have saved it £45,000 compared to the previous contracts with Jeffs Coaches.

'Act quickly'

Councillor Rodney Rose, member for transport, said: "Jeffs were only a very small player in terms of bus service provision in Oxfordshire and were part of a much bigger concern based in the Midlands.

"Nonetheless it was obviously important for us to act quickly to make sure that the 178 users of those six services are able to resume their travel to school in a seamless way on Monday when classes resume following half term.

"We believe we have achieved that and I would like to thank our public transport staff and the bus operators for working together to bring about this conclusion."

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