Ex-Maytree drivers move to other firms

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Some 33 drivers laid off following the collapse of Maytree Travel have been rehired by fellow operators.

The Bolton-based firm ceased trading suddenly on April 4 following crippling insurance renewals, affecting dozens of services across Bolton and Wigan (CBW1082).

The move resulted in 80 drivers being laid off and 40 routes immediately axed.

TfGM was left trying to find other firms to take on the routes, which have now all been filled in Bolton. Stagecoach has taken on 18 drivers, First has taken on nine drivers and South Lancs Travel has hired six.

A Stagecoach spokesman told The Bolton News: “TfGM carried out a tender exercise for 30 contracts previously operated by Maytree Travel.

“We have been awarded 14 contracts, which cover a range of services in the Bolton, Salford, Leigh and Bury areas.

“We have been able to step in and provide jobs for 18 former Maytree Travel drivers, who are all based at our depot in Bryn, Wigan.

“Most of the contracts are for an initial three-month period and will then be subject to a further review.”