Stacey’s Coaches leaves industry in wake of third depot flood

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Stacey’s Coaches has been operating for around 20 years. A Van Hool T917 Astron is pictured in Blackpool in happier times. GARETH EVANS
Stacey’s Coaches has been operating for around 20 years. A Van Hool T917 Astron is pictured in Blackpool in happier times. GARETH EVANS

Stacey’s Coaches of Carlisle has ceased operations after more than two decades in business because of the damage caused by the Storm Desmond floods in December last year.

The News & Star reported that the operator had pulled out of running its school bus routes in March before confirming it was shutting for good on April 1.

December marked the third time Stacey’s Coaches had been hit by flooding.

In a statement, the company said: “This has been an extremely difficult decision because we know that we are one of the busiest and more popular transport companies in Carlisle with over 20 years’ experience in the game.

“The decision was made after the devastation of the 2015 floods.

“Eight-and-a-half feet of sewage water and hydrologic oil ravaged our head office, depot and vehicles on Saturday, December 5.

“The recent floods crippled many homes and businesses; history repeated itself for the third time for us, so we decided enough was enough.

“The decision was made from the heart, and we will be sad to say goodbye.”

The company said it felt it was best to leave the industry while the business was successful, and thanked the ‘loyal customers, colleagues and friends’ who had been supportive of the decision.

“We’re ready for a change,” the statement continued. “This is a positive change not a negative one – we’re doing the right thing.

“So many of you already understand that watching everything you’ve worked towards washed away in front of your eyes seriously takes its toll and, although it was a hard decision to make, we are leaving with a huge smile and with some great memories.

“We are eager to start making plans and new memories – watch this space.

“Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts, it’s been a pleasure to work as such a big part of the community, and we feel honoured to have received the support we have since the floods.”