Stagecoach West has taken over eight bus routes in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, saving 70 jobs.
The bus operator, which covers Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and South Herefordshire, has acquired some of the assets of Rotala – the owner of Wessex Bus Ltd – and will be taking on the company’s employees.
Stagecoach West, which employs 750 people in the South West and operates 270 vehicles, will cover the routes previously run by Wessex Bus, which stopped all operations at the beginning of the month.
Stagecoach West has also appointed an operations manager to head up the new team.
Mark Rosaman, who is based at Stagecoach West North Bristol, started at the company as a bus driver in 2000.
He said: “I am thrilled to be appointed operations manager for North Bristol and look forward to providing a reliable and customer-focused service to our customers.
“I am very excited to be working with the new staff we have taken on from the Wessex depot.”
Rupert Cox, managing director of Stagecoach West, added: “This acquisition will allow us to further expand our successful bus operations in the West of England.
“We have a strong track record in the region of attracting more people to bus travel and we will continue to focus on providing good value, high-quality bus travel for people in the area.”
The new Stagecoach West buses will have contactless payment points and free wifi.
Wessex Bus launched in Bristol in 2007 as Wessex Connect but later rebranded as Wessex Bus in 2011.
It stopped operations after its parent company Rotala said there had been a reduction in “business opportunities” and it could no longer sustain a depot and the overheads in place.
The bus services Stagecoach West is taking over
3A, 3C and 3X – South Bristol to city centre and Aztec West
3B – Parkway Station to Aztec West
508 – Dursley Road to Southmead Hospital
515 – Stockwood to Imperial Park
11 and 11A – Avonmouth to Southmead Hospital
513 and 514 – Brislington to Knowle
625 – Severn Beach to UWE Frenchay
TSB – Staff shuttle
Courtesy of BristolPost