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Arriva bids farewell to Burton depot

25 August 16

Arriva is gearing up for its last day in operation on the main part of Burton’s bus network, by thanking staff and customers for their support over the years.

The local bus operator, which agreed the sale of the majority of its Burton business to Midland Classic earlier this year, will pass over the reins on 27th August, but wanted to wish the new service provider well, and offer its gratitude to both its former and current employees, many of whom will move over to work with Midland Classic following the transfer.

Simon Mathieson, Arriva’s area managing director, said: “We have enjoyed many successful years operating from the Wetmore Road depot and are proud to have played such a pivotal role in the local community.

“Our local team have been exemplary throughout this transition, and whilst we are sorry that they will no longer be part of the Arriva family moving forwards, we are sure that they will be a credit to Midland Classic, and will continue to maintain the high service standards that we know and appreciate them for.

“Equally, for customers across Burton, we wish them many more happy journeys with their new operator, and our huge thanks for choosing to travel with Arriva during our time here. We hope to still see many of them on board routes X38 or 9/9A/9E/29A, which we will continue to run from our Derby and Coalville garages respectively.

“We have worked hard with our colleagues at Midland Classic to ensure transition is as smooth as possible, and are confident that bus users throughout Burton will continue to benefit from the affordable, quality transport services they deserve.”

Arriva announced the proposed sale of its Burton business in April this year, and duly confirmed that that the deal would include the TUPE of staff over to the new operator.

Customers with existing Arriva Weekly and 4-Weekly tickets will be able to use them on Midland Classic until the end of September. Anyone with a longer period ticket should contact Arriva’s Customer Services team on 0344 800 44 11.

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