Crosville sorry as it axes Weston route
PUBLISHED: 07:39 05 March 2018
‘Fierce’ competition and falling passenger numbers has seen Crosville Motor Service announce it is scrapping its bus and school transport routes across Weston.
The family-run firm said the move was made with regret but it had no other option.
Crosville runs the 100 and 106 services in Weston town centre, Worlebury and Sand Bay, but they will be axed in April. Its free shopper services to Tesco in Burnham, via Berrow, and Asda in Taunton will also end.
Managing director John Wye said the move was one the firm has been fighting for a while.
He said: “We have taken the decision with a great deal of regret and it is simply because the market is too challenging with passenger numbers falling and competition fierce.
“North Somerset Council will no doubt seek replacement suppliers.
“There is a lot of love and support for the company locally and we are grateful for that and it is with huge regret we are taking this decision.
“We are proud to have been a significant employer in the town for many years and this decision will impact on our staff.
“We have attempted to adapt and change and we have stripped loss-making areas of the business to try to keep going but we now feel there is no other option but to close this side of the business in an organised way.”
Crosville has run services in Weston since 2011 but has this week given its two-month statutory notice to North Somerset Council and told staff.
It is owned by JJP Holdings South West Limited and is in talks with 29 full-time, part-time and casual staff about future employment.
Other opportunities within the JJP business are available and the company hopes some of those affected will be transferred.
Crosville’s final day in Weston will be on April 21. A vintage day will take place with old buses and coaches used on its routes to provide a fitting send-off.
Mr Wye said: “We want our last day to be something special for the town, recognising the end of our business activities here.
“We will be donating all revenue taken on the last day to a local charity and we are looking for suggestions for a suitable charity.”
Anyone with a suggestion can write to: Crosville Motor Services, Unit 2, Westland Distribution Park, Winterstoke Road, Weston, BS24 9AD.