Wellglade buys Felix bus operations

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The bus operations of Felix Bus and Coach, based in Stanley near Ilkeston, has been bought out by Wellglade, trent barton’s parent company.

Felix, which runs an hourly Black Cat service between Ilkeston and Derby, and the Ilkeston Flyer service via Kirk Hallam, has been sold for an undisclosed sum with assets to be transferred at the end of January.

The Felix brand and coaching operation will remain with Felix.

Heanor-based trent barton runs a similar Black Cat service, but MD Jeff Counsell confirmed there would be no job losses among the 10 staff on the two Felix services.

He said: “The same drivers will be working on the routes and there are no current plans to alter the frequency of services.”

Counsell added: “For many years we have worked closely with Felix to ensure communities between Ilkeston and Derby receive a firstclass bus service.

“As part of the deal we have purchased the Ilkeston Flyer and Black Cat buses and they will continue to operate as a distinct unit.

“We have nothing but respect for Felix and what their staff have achieved and we are delighted to be involved in a deal which benefits all concerned.”