Hardings buys Regal Coach Travel

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Hardings Travel has bought Oldbury-based Regal Coach Travel out of administration.

The company, which ran three executive 49-seater coaches from its Springfield Estate depot, collapsed as a result of cashflow problems.

“We now look forward to developing the Regal brand,” said managing director John Dyson.

Regal Coach Travel was founded in 2009 by Phil Bennett. He said: “Things were going alright until the start of the year, when we ran into difficulties. Advance bookings meant we could have been okay but the bank pulled the plug – they just didn’t want to know.”

Hardings said it is planning to expand the business and is actively recruiting.

In a separate move, Hardings has ordered a new Van Hool T9 Alizeebodied VDL SB4000 49-seater luxury touring coach from Arriva Bus & Coach (dealer), joining a pair of Van Hool T9s already being operated by the company.