Local News & Archive, Regional News — December 22, 2016 at 9:54 am — Updated: December 22, 2016 at 9:57 am

GHA collapse: £300k funding boost for lost services

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GHA Coaches

Three councils in North East Wales hit by the collapse of GHA Coaches will receive a £300,000 grant to restore local bus services.

Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham councils will share the Welsh Government funding to support services lost when the Ruabon-based firm called in the administrators last July, with the loss of 320 jobs.

GHA’s two directors, Gareth and Arwyn Lloyd-Davies, have since been banned indefinitely from running any bus companies.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates, the Labour AM for Clwyd South, said he expected the cash to be used to improve choice for the passenger, reintroduce key routes and provide ”network stability”.

He added: ”I’ve been clear, however, that we must look at the long-term future of bus travel and how local authorities, bus operators, passenger groups, Welsh Government and others can better work together to ensure services are maintained and improved. It’s in everyone’s interests to ensure that a situation like that seen with GHA Coaches does not happen again.”

Last September, Denbighshire County Council called on the Welsh Government to provide more funding. The local authority had agreed to use reserves’ cash to help pay for an extra £175,000 to cover costs for the rest of the financial year.

A council report had revealed that contingency plans for GHA-run routes had been drawn up four months before its closure because of concerns about the state of the business.

A summit between the three North East councils and the Welsh Government will be held in Wrexham on Monday 23rd January.

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