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Arriva Midlands acquires D&G

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Arriva Midlands is taking over the Staffordshire operations of D&G Coach and Bus, with 30 buses and 62 employees. The former D&G operations will be rebranded as Wardle Transport, another local operator purchased by Arriva at the end of last year, which ran 64 buses. The deal will be concluded in August.

David Reeves, managing director of D&G, says that reductions in concessionary fare payments and Stoke on Trent city council’s decision to withdraw subsidy to supported bus services were part of the reason he decided to sell.  “As a small bus operator our longer term viability in Staffordshire and the Potteries was uncertain given these reductions,” he says “I see the Arriva offer as an opportunity to ensure the future for the excellent staff employed by the company.”

D&G, which was started by Reeves in 1998, will retain its 25-vehicle Cheshire operations, based in Crewe.

Bob Hind, regional managing director for Arriva Midlands, says: “This acquisition opens up a range of exciting opportunities for Arriva, and also means we will be able to consolidate both operations onto one site based at the current D&G premises at Adderley Green. We will be investing in the site which will see the engineering facilities extended to cater for the expanding fleet, we are very much looking forward to working with new contractors to grow the business. We were attracted to the company by its excellent standing and reputation.”

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