Premiere Travel collapse: Nottingham bus firms take on routes

A Premiere bus to Bottesford
Image caption Premiere Travel was started in 2002 with just two buses

Bus operators have stepped in to replace routes abandoned by the collapse of a Nottingham firm.

Premiere Travel Ltd ceased trading on Friday with the loss of 200 jobs.

Nottinghamshire County Council said a number of operators had stepped in but some routes were currently without a service.

Premiere staff have been given details of redundancy payments and told they would be paid after some drivers complained of not getting wages.

Replacement school transport services have been provided since the firm closed.

Drivers' overtime

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has announced it would be replacing the Red 7 and 7.1 buses with a 47 and 47a service covering Calverton, Woodborough and Mapperley.

However, some parts of the region such as Netherfield, Lambley and Cropwell Bishop are still without a service.

Anthony Carver-Smith, from NCT, said they had ordered an extra three buses and some drivers were being paid overtime to cover the routes.

He said: "We are pleased to help some customers who have been affected by the closure of Premiere Travel.

"We cannot take on all the services and at this stage can only take on two.

"We do not currently have any vacancies to offer Premiere staff but we are recruiting throughout the year and will certainly consider any applicants that meet the criteria that we have."

NCT and Trent Barton have said they are accepting pre-paid Premiere Travel tickets.

Seven services around Nottinghamshire are still without an operator, as well as routes from Leicestershire and Derbyshire in to the city.

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