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:

Region Route New operator
Birmingham Service 10/10H/10S National Express West Midlands
Service 19 Diamond Bus
Service 36 National Express West Midlands
Service 38 The Green Bus
Service 39/39A/39S Kev’s Cars & Coaches
Service 99 National Express West Midlands
Service A12 National Express West Midlands
Black Country Service 19 Arriva Midlands
Service 22 Diamond Bus
Service 25 Arriva Midlands
Service 50 Select Bus
Service 53 Diamond Bus
Service 208 National Express West Midlands
Coventry Service 539 National Express Coventry
  Service 580 National Express Coventry
Solihull Service 89 Diamond 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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