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June 03 2015
By The Routeone Team

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YourBus and National Express part

National Express (NX) has terminated all its contracts with Nottingham-based YourBus, which was one of the largest contractors. YourBus has put all 35 of its Volvo B9R Caetano Levante coaches up for sale.

In a letter to staff, YourBus MD Scott Dunn says: “We were informed on 26 May by NX that our contract would be terminated on 1 June.

“The relationship with NX has been difficult for over two years. We have had continuous problems with vehicles that NX specified, and believe the expectations they put on operators and drivers are demanding and unrealistic.

“This is why we initially handed back the Durham vehicle workings 18 months ago and pursued alternative strategies for growth to have a more balanced mix of work.

“The strategy was to build our business so within a short period we no longer require the NX income.” Mr Dunn adds that, with the long-term decline of the UK coach and bus industry, it prompted the firm’s move to buy two businesses in Australia which “opposite to the UK has seen year-on-year growth.” It has 100 vehicles in Australia, and will reach 200 by the end of this year, he says.

“The Australian business has the ability now to give financial support to the UK, which means we no longer rely on NX income. In addition it means we can get back to some basics, which I believe we have forgotten. The distraction of NX will soon be gone and we can now refocus the business with the original strategy and values.” He adds that the whole business had an annual turnover of 31m in 2014, the same as Trent Motor Traction.

In a statement NX says: “NX exercised the rights it has under an operator agreement with YourBus to terminate the coach services they provide with effect from 1 June. Arrangements have been made with other NX operators to cover the YourBus services on an interim basis, pending a formal tender exercise to place these services with operators on a permanent basis.”

In January 2011 YourBus won a NX contract to operate services from the East Midlands to Bradford, Heathrow Airport and London Victoria. In June 2011 a number of NX contracts including the depot in Durham were bought from Veolia Transport.

In January 2012 further NX contracts were won, by when Yourbus was running 55 NX coaches. In July 2013 a depot was opened in Bradford, primarily to stable NX coaches.

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