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Blazefield sells up in the South

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BLAZEFIELD is finally withdrawing from bus operation in the south of England with the announcement that it is selling its Sovereign business to Arriva the Shires.

Sovereign has 45 buses, 133 employees and depots in Stevenage and Hatfield. It operates commercial and tendered services in and around the Stevenage area and also operates interurban services linking Stevenage, Hitchin, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

The sale is conditional on clearance by the UK regulatory authorities, and brings to an end a slow process of withdrawal from the region.

Earlier this year most of Sovereign's services in St Albans were taken over by Centrebus, while the Huntingdon & District business was sold to Cavalier Travel in November last year. Blazefield quit London in 2002 with the sale of London Sovereign to Transdev.

That leaves the group focussed on the north of England, with long-established businesses in Keighley, Harrogate and Malton, and the former Stagecoach operations in East Lancashire.



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