D&G Bus of Uttoxeter has purchased the business and assets of Stoke-on-Trent based Wardle Transport from Arriva Midlands, further growing its business in North Staffordshire.
With the formal takeover to take place on the 9th May 2015, the transfer of 19 vehicles out of the 40 strong fleet with a number of staff which will join D&G Bus as per transfer of undertakings (TUPE).
It is believed that D&G Bus and Arriva Midlands had been in discussions concerning the deal for the last three months, with Arriva originally approaching D&G Bus for the sale. The Directors believe that the Wardle Transport routes will complement their existing portfolio of work which is currently based at Cinderhill Industrial Estate.
The same Uttoxeter based ownership combination that owns D&G Bus, Rolling Solutions Ltd and Julian Peddle, sold its Green Triangle Buses Ltd operation to Rotala Plc earlier this month, which put D&G in the position to make this latest acquisition of Wardle Transport
It is understood that a meeting was held on Monday night to inform Wardle Transport employees of the transfer, which will see D&G’s operations in North Staffordshire once again centred on Adderley Green. It currently has a leased depot in Longton, this is to be vacated and its 18-bus PVR moved to Adderley Green.
It is expected that D&G will retake control of Wardle Transport’s Adderley Green depot, part of the Potteries operation D&G sold to Arriva Midlands back in August 2011. The Mossfield Road premises remained the property of D&G MD David Reeves, which were subsequently leased by him to Arriva.
The 19 buses which are to move to D&G are expected to be a mixture of Dennis Dart SLF and DAF DB250LF double decks, which are expected to be DDA-compliant and painted in D&G’s livery by the time of transfer.
It also follows on from D&G Bus’ recent acquisition of former Bakerbus services back in January, where around 16 staff transferred, along with 17 routes (tendered and commercial) and nine buses. The routes were integrated into the existing D&G business, mostly at its new Longton, Stoke-on-Trent site.