ACE Travel (North West) Limited, who ran bus services throughout Merseyside, put their company into liquidation this weekend. Merseytravel was quick to act, looking at options for the immediate future of the services.
A significant number of the services will be covered by other operators on an emergency basis.
Ace Travel was founded 10 years ago, it provided around 20 routes for transport authority Merseytravel as well as a hand full of commercial routes that won’t be replaced. With that, some sixty jobs are being axed after the tax man put Aintree bus firm Ace Travel out of business.
The firm admitted that it had fallen behind with payments to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), covering a period of 18 months. The company had started to bring down the bill, believed to be £220,000, in an agreement with HMRC’s Liverpool office on James Street. However, Ace said the case was then transferred to a tax office in Worthing which cancelled the previous agreement and demanded full payment.
Ace had managed to raise investment of £114,000 towards paying the tax bill and, after taking professional advice, had put forward a payment plan that it said would have cleared the bill by the end of this year, but sadly HMRC rejected the proposal and issued a winding-up order.
For help in finding alternative services, you can visit the Merseytravel Journey Planner online at www.merseytravel.gov.uk or by downloading the app. Alternatively, you can call Traveline on 0151 236 7676.