Bus firms on board to help Falkirk area school runs

Stagecoach is one of the firms helping out on the school run
Stagecoach is one of the firms helping out on the school run

Local authority transport bosses had to think fast when one of their school bus contractors ceased trading.

After learning Plean-based Billy Davies Executive Coaches had stopped operating following the death of its owner, Falkirk Council transport department had to quickly come up with alternatives for scores of pupils trying to get to four local schools.

The temporary measures, which will run until the end of the current term, were put in place last Friday morning after firms like Stagecoach East, E & M Horsburgh, Myles Coaches, M Line and Bryans Coaches stepped in to help.

A council spokesman said: “This situation arose as a result of the unexpected and sudden ending of operations by current operator, Billy Davies.

“We were informed last Thursday the company had ceased operations following the recent sudden and unexpected death of the owner.

“This meant we were forced to find alternative operators at very short notice. These temporary operators are covering the contract until the end of term, however, permanent contracts will be in place for the start of the new term in August.”

The council stated it would have to pay the bus firms additional costs due to the emergency nature of the contracts, but had no final figure.

Davies Coaches had been operating for 25 years, providing buses for day trips, tours, weddings and, of course, schools.

It is believed owner Billy Davies was the one person at the company to hold an operator’s licence and when he died it was forced to cease trading.

When The Falkirk Herald contacted Davies Coaches on Tuesday no one would comment on the situation.