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.