South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and local bus operators have saved school services in Barnsley following the sudden closure of Tates Travel last week. Alternative arrangements have been made for buses serving Penistone Grammar School, Holy Trinity College, Outwood Academy Carlton, Carlton Primary School, Carlton Academy, Darton College and Millhouse Green Primary School, which were previously served by Tates Travel.
Tates Travel ceased trading on 9 February 2016 with all 62 staff being made redundant. Bob Maxwell and Andrew Mackenzie of Begbies Traynor were appointed as joint administrators on 11 February. They have liaised with the relevant local authorities in South and West Yorkshire to ensure an ongoing service for all of Tates Travel’s bus routes.
For Begbies Traynor, Joint administrator Andrew Mackenzie said, ‘Unfortunately, the business proved unable to cope with excessive finance costs. It is, however, good news that all school runs have now been taken care of and we have been able to minimise any disruption to passengers. We are now in the process of dealing with the company’s affairs.’