Wiltshire

Hatts Travel bus firm to axe three Wiltshire services

The head of a bus company with operations in Wiltshire has said it will axe some commercial services.

Adrian Hillier, managing partner of Hatts Travel, said not enough passengers were using the services to make them viable.

He said the 23 service, which sees three vehicles operating in Warminster, Trowbridge and the surrounding area, would be scrapped.

Two of the company's services in Devizes town centre will also be axed.

Hatts Travel currently runs about 30 bus services in the county.

'Current climate'

Mr Hillier said the company operated two commercial routes in Devizes town centre. He said the council would tender for a replacement to the two services.

The services will stop operating on 10 September, he said.

"These are services which aren't subsidised by councils," Mr Hillier added.

"Like most of the big operators, we are having to cut those in the current climate because notoriously they have been semi-subsidised by more successful routes.

"There are not sufficient passengers, that's the problem."

In Wiltshire, nearly half of all bus services are currently subsidised by taxpayers.

Wiltshire Council is using money from increased parking charges to help finance them.

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