Arriva sale date set

Arriva has confirmed that its deal to sell its Burton-upon-Trent operation to independent Midland Classic, based in the town, completes on Sunday (28 August).

The deal, initially revealed in April, will almost double the size of Midland Classic’s operation from a current peak vehicle requirement (PVR) of 24 to 46.

The firm, founded in 2005 by MD James Boddice, is taking on Arriva’s Wetmore Road in the town along with most of its local routes.

Operating local services around Swadlincote and Burton, Midland Classic has grown by resurrecting routes given up by other operators, rather than in direct completion with Arriva, which until the deal was the major local operator.

This deal does not include routes X38 (Burton-Derby, run jointly with Trent Barton) or 9/9A/9E/29A (Burton-Coalville-Leicester). Arriva is expected to transfer these to its Derby and Coalville garages respectively.

Midland Classic is backed by minority shareholders Julian Peddle and David Reeves, which also have major interests in Centrebus and D&G Bus respectively.