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Hardings International coach firm cuts jobs in Redditch

Sixty workers have been made redundant from a Worcestershire coach firm which has gone into administration.

Deloitte, administrators for Hardings International in Redditch, said 14 self-employed drivers had also lost their jobs.

The firm, which called in administrators on 1 July, blamed rising fuel costs for its problems.

Warwickshire and Worcestershire county councils said they had arranged for bus services to be kept running.

Longer term

Worcestershire County Council said Hardings had operated education transport and local bus service contracts in the Redditch.

First Bus is currently running the services and will continue to do so until September, at which point longer term arrangements will be made, the authority said.

Warwickshire County Council said it had seven school contracts with Hardings International.

These were replaced by Johnsons and would continue until the end of term on 22 July.

The authority said a new operator was already in place to deliver these contracts from September.

The company said it had found alternative providers for all of its holiday bookings.

The administrator said it was working with employees to arrange for their wages to be paid.

Deloitte will be selling the company's assets and 40 coaches are being offered for sale.

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