GHA wins four more contracts

first_imgIndependent GHA Coaches will increase its presence in Shrewsbury and Shropshire after the award of another four local bus service contracts.They start in June 2016 for five years.The routes gained from 1 June 2016 are currently held by Arriva MidlandsThe tenders – currently operated by Arriva Midlands – include Shrewsbury town routes 21, 23 and 26 and the interurban Shrewsbury-Whitchurch route 511.They will require six vehicles and create 12 driving jobs at GHA’s Shrewsbury depot.The new routes will enhance GHA’s growing network in Shropshire and Cheshire and route 511 will link with routes 72, 73, 146 and 205 in Whitchurch, offering passengers onward journeys to Wrexham, Chester, Crewe and Nantwich.Stephen Bryce, GHA Coaches General Manager, says the family-owned business, which has a depot in Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury, is delighted to have been awarded the work by Shropshire County Council. “We bought Shropshire Bus and Coach to not only consolidate our existing operations in the county, but to have a permanent base from which to expand our network in Shropshire.“We were disappointed not to have been successful in winning the contract to run Shrewsbury park-and-ride, but we have taken a positive step forward in tendering for the 511 service and the three Shrewsbury town centre services.“It is our aim to provide local people with a friendly and reliable service when we take over the running from 1 June.“We already operate several services into Whitchurch and Shrewsbury and the new Shropshire County Council tenders will help us to further grow our network.“We are looking to review our routes in Shropshire and introduce Sunday services where demand justifies. Our review will be in time for the summer,” Mr Bryce added.last_img