Cornwall

Western Greyhound: First Kernow takes on more than 20 drivers

Western Greyhound bus
Image caption The Western Greyhound fleet remains in the depot at Summercourt

More than 20 bus drivers made redundant when their employer ceased trading have been taken on by a rival firm.

Employees of Western Greyhound in Cornwall were told they were losing their jobs on Friday.

Rival company First Kernow confirmed it had taken on 23 drivers and expects to hire more.

First Kernow and other bus companies have stepped in to cover routes previously offered by Western Greyhound.

Alex Carter from First Kernow said: "We recruited and trained all in one day 23 drivers and we're still looking for more."

Cornwall Council said it was working with the industry to secure alternatives and has published a list of replacement services.

Western Greyhound, which has been operating since 1998, was taken over in December by Michael Bishop.

About 2.7 million passengers a year in Cornwall and Devon used the service at the time.

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