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September 06 2017
By Mel Holley

Mel is the Editor at routeONE magazine. He has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

Council fills gaps after Andrews Shetland collapse

With the beginning of the new school year, Highland Council has managed to cover Caithness and Sutherland services affected by the sudden collapse of Andrews (Shetland) on 22 August.

The firm is not linked to other UK operators with ‘Andrews’ in their title, including sole trader Andrew GS Morrison of Shetland, which simply trades as ‘Andrews’.

Two Highland Council tendered bus routes were suspended for a number of days, until Stagecoach was able to cover them.

The firm, owned by Morris Morrison, 36, had been in financial difficulty for some time and, despite its named, traded on Orkney and the mainline, but not Shetland.

It had an O-Licence for 33 vehicles and took over Macleod’s Coaches of Rogart, Highlands, in 2016, significantly expanding its operations.

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