Accessible Transport Group ‘saved’ by council funding

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An igo Optare Metrocity in Droitwich Spa. RICHARD SHARMAN

Accessible Transport Group (ATG), provider of Ring and Ride and igo bus services in the West Midlands, has been saved by council funding after entering administration, the BBC has reported.

Although services were set to continue uninterrupted while the firm was in administration, Birmingham City Council has now agreed to inject £1.4m into ATG over 12 weeks to keep it afloat.

Matt Ingram, joint administrator from Duff & Phelps Ltd, told the BBC that Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has also agreed to fund the organisation.

“We are very aware that the majority of the services that the charities provide are vital to those that rely on them,” said Matt, “so we are delighted to have been able to secure new funding as we now work to secure the long-term future of the service.”

Meanwhile, Network West Midlands has also provided an update the transfer of igo and Ring and Ride services to other operators.

As of Monday 1 April, the following services ceased to be operated by igo:

RegionRouteNew operator
BirminghamService 10/10H/10SNational Express West Midlands
Service 19Diamond Bus
Service 36National Express West Midlands
Service 38The Green Bus
Service 39/39A/39SKev’s Cars & Coaches
Service 99National Express West Midlands
Service A12National Express West Midlands
Black CountryService 19Arriva Midlands
Service 22Diamond Bus
Service 25Arriva Midlands
Service 50Select Bus
Service 53Diamond Bus
Service 208National Express West Midlands
CoventryService 539National Express Coventry
 Service 580National Express Coventry
SolihullService 89Diamond Bus

A National Express UK Bus spokesperson said:

“We are pleased to announce that from Monday 1st April, National Express has taken over the operation of several bus services that were formerly run by igo buses. All timetables will remain the same.

“National Express West Midlands is now operating Birmingham routes including the 10, 10H, 10S, 36, 99 and the A12. It is also operating the 208 between Merry Hill and Dudley until 20th April.

“In addition National Express Coventry is now operating the 539 to Kenilworth, and the 580 to Rugby – a town that we have not served before and which we are delighted to be able to include in our expanding network.

“We have worked hard to mobilise these services at short notice to ensure that local communities do not lose their vital bus connections to key destinations.”

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