First Essex has confirmed that is will go ahead with the closure of its Clacton depot.
As previously reported in CBW1341, First announced at the end of April that it was considering the closure, and said that its bus operation in Clacton had not been viable for several years.
Steve Wickers, Managing Director of First Essex, said: “We have concluded the process of consultation with our staff and members of Unite and can regretfully confirm that the proposal to close Clacton bus depot will go ahead.
“This decision will mean that the last day of operation for First Essex buses operating town services 2, 3, 4/4a, 5/5a and 6 will be July 28, however services between Colchester, Clacton and Walton on Naze will continue to be operated by First Essex seven days a week.
“This decision will sadly affect some of our employees who presently work at the depot who will be made redundant and we will do everything we can to support them through this difficult time.
“On a more positive note, I am pleased to announce that some of our staff will be transferring to our sister company in Colchester.
“I would like to stress once again that this decision does not in any way, reflect on the commitment of our colleagues in Clacton who have worked tirelessly to provide the best possible service to the local community.
“I would like to thank everyone who has travelled with us over the years and I hope that with the recent announcement by Hedingham bus company, there will continue to be town services operating in Clacton.”
Go-Ahead-owned Hedingham Omnibuses is expected to step in to cover routes which First is vacating.