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Geldard’s Coaches goes into administration – UPDATED

12 September 2015

UPDATE – Tuesday, 15 September: Businessdesk reports 50 jobs are ‘at risk’. Administrators are seeking a new buyer for the business.

ORIGINAL POST: Farnley-based Geldards Coaches has gone into administration.

Yesterday’s move move comes just a month after a major fire at the Whitehall Road site of Yorkshire’s largest coach company, which was founded in 1991 by Terry Geldard.

Firefighters from across West Yorkshire tackled the blaze which led to half of a coach repair workshop being destroyed while three vehicles were damaged.

Geldards ran the popular 711 bus service between Bradford, Pudsey and the White Rose Centre and the and the X11 service between Pudsey and Leeds. West Yorkshire Combined Authority has said it is hoping to find a different operator to run these services.

Geldards was also responsible for running a number of school services, including ones running to Farnley Academy. A spokesperson for  WYCA said alternative operators have also been found for all schools services that Geldards ran under contract. Farnley Academy will now be served by the Square Peg bus company. More details on school services are available on the school travel GenerationM website.

A WYCA spokesperson said:

“We are working hard to ensure there will be a smooth handover of services to new operators and avoid, as far as possible, inconvenience to customers.”

Geldards were not immediately available for comment when contacted by The Dispatch this afternoon.

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Noreen khan says:

Dear sir today we had such a problem with the 711 bus from whiterose to bradford interchange that none of your drivers knew the correct timings for when the service was running we waited from 1 pm today for the bus that we were told was going to leave at 1.05pm but then was told by one of your female drivers she wasnt leaving until 2.05pm as she was on lunch then when the bus came back it was another driver who said he wasnt leaving until 3pm we were stuck there as we didnt know what to do and it was near to the childrens school time we then had to catch the pudsey bus to the station and then get a bus to bradford interchange and then another one to our area this caused us alot of problems as we were late for the children and it had been a very stressfull and long day