Emergency transport cover needed for Falkirk area pupils

Falkirk Council had to draft in emergency school bus cover
Falkirk Council had to draft in emergency school bus cover

Hundreds of Falkirk area schoolchildren found themselves on unfamiliar buses this morning after the council’s preferred operator ceased trading.

According to Falkirk Council its transport department was advised yesterday by the solicitor of Plean-based Billy Davies Executive Coaches the firm had ceased trading.

A council spokesman said: “This situation has arisen as a result of the unexpected and sudden ending of operations by current operator, Billy Davies. We were informed yesterday 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. Arrangements are in place for the rest of term for the affected schools and we are looking at the longer term solution to find replacement operators.”

The four schools affected are St Francis Primary School and St Mungo’s, Denny and Falkirk high schools.

The bus companies drafted in include Stagecoach, E & M Horsburgh, Vision Travel, Myles Coaches, M Line and Bryans Coaches.