Students back in class despite bus difficulties

John Fishwicks and Sons new 804 bus service to Parklands High School
John Fishwicks and Sons new 804 bus service to Parklands High School

A college’s quick-thinking contingency plan is getting its students to class in the wake of the Fishwick’s bus company crash.

Runshaw College students returned from the half-term break on Monday - just over a week after the historic travel firm went out of business.

The college has recruited two other operators to get teenagers to their studies.

A college spokesman said; “It’s been okay. All we can do is make sure students get there in a morning and home in an evening.

“We’ve managed to find cover.

“Tyrers and Redline have taken the routes. It’s working really well.”

Leyland-based Fishwick’s, launched 108 years ago, ran seven routes for the college.

But the spokesman added: “It think because we acted quickly, we knew the operators who could cover the routes and confirmed them.”

Students were kept informed during half-term by letter, text, tweet and Facebook.

Meanwhile, national transport provider Stagecoach, which has already stepped in to take over one of the Fishwick’s routes, could be planning to snap up more.

But the firm said it was not in a position to comment on this at present.

The Fishwick’s site on Golden Hill Lane is now locked up.

But nearly all of the 55 staff employed there have been found new jobs, it has been revealed.

Administrators for the company said the reason for the shock closure was “significant cash flow issues”, leaving the directors with little alternative but to bring in administrators.

Lindsey Cooper and Jeremy Woodside, of RSM Restructuring Advisory, have been appointed as administrators.

Lindsey Cooper, of RSM, who has more than 16 years’ experience in restructuring, working with businesses, their funders and advisors in the North West and North Wales, said 55 jobs were involved at Fiswhick’s - mainly drivers and engineers.

She added: “Everyone has been made redundant.

“The vast majority of people have got new jobs.

“To my knowledge, virtually everybody has found alternative employment.”

She said: “We weren’t able to sell the business or company as a going concern.

“We’re looking to sell the bus fleet and depot, so we have instructed agents.

“They are dealing with the property and bus fleet on our behalf.”

The appointed agents are GVA Grimley Ltd, of Norfolk House, Norfolk Street, Manchester.

She continued: “It’s very early days, there will be interested parties, all the buses are in good condition or new.

“There could be an online auction in two weeks.

“If interested parties want to contact us, they can contact our Manchester office.”

The office telephone number is 0161 830 4000.