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'Crisis' in bus services after collapse of Tates Travel says MP

The collapse of some bus services in South and West Yorkshire after a company ceased trading shows a "crisis" in provision, according to an MP.

Tates Travel, based in Barnsley, had a fleet of 50 buses and ceased trading on Monday, according to Metro.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is working with bus operators to cover services.

Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, said: "We've got a crisis in how our bus provision is organised."

He said he was concerned about any job losses at the company and did not want "passengers and whole communities to be cut off".

Mr Dugher said he had previously complained to Tates about "unsatisfactory service".

"Really there's a bigger problem, how we configure our bus services is not fit for purpose," he said.

Private bus companies were "completely unaccountable", he added.

The website of Tates Travel Group still says it is the "largest independent bus and coach operator" in South Yorkshire.

SYPTE said: "Temporary arrangements have already been made to ensure many of these vital local buses can continue to run, and work is under way to resume services on the remaining affected routes."

Alternative services have been put in place for the majority of Tates Travel routes at the time of writing, according to SYPTE.

Tates operated a fleet of 50 vehicles in Barnsley and Rotherham with services extending to Doncaster, Meadowhall, Dewsbury, Morley and Wakefield.

Updated information on routes can be found at @TSYalerts.

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