GHA Coaches is set to increase its presence in Shrewsbury and Shropshire after winning four local bus service contracts from June 2016 for a period of five years.
The tenders, currently operated by Arriva Midlands, include Shrewsbury town services 21, 23 and 26 and interurban service 511 between Shrewsbury and Whitchurch which will require six vehicles and create 12 extra driver jobs at GHA’s Shrewsbury depot.
The new service 511 will link up to GHA services 72, 73, 146 and 205 in Whitchurch offering passengers onward journeys to Wrexham, Chester, Crewe and Nantwich.
Stephen Bryce, GHA Coaches General Manager, said the family-owned business, which has a depot in Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury, was delighted to have been awarded the work by Shropshire County Council.
Stephen Bryce, GHA Coaches General Manager, added: “We purchased Shropshire Bus and Coach to not only consolidate our existing operations in the county, but to have a permanent base from which to expand our network in Shropshire.”
“We were disappointed not to have been successful in winning the contract to run Shrewsbury park-and-ride, but we have taken a positive step forward in tendering for the 511 service and the three Shrewsbury town centre services.
“It is our aim to provide local people with a friendly and reliable service when we take over the running from 1 June. We are looking to review our routes in Shropshire and introduce Sunday services where demand justifies.”