END OF THE LINE AS COACH COMPANY
GOES INTO LIQUIDATION
Coach company Jeffs Travel limited, which serves schools across Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire an Buckinghamshire, is to go into liquidation.
The firm based In Helmdon can trace its history back to 1958 but in a statement on the BBC website Jeffs Travel owner Colin Matthews said the current company had collapsed on Monday last week because of the loss of contracts and a large bad debt.
According to villagers the gates of the firm’s depot have been padlocked. Schools in the area use Jeffs Travel to transport their pupils to school each morning and some parents are now concerned at how their children will get to school.
Caroline Wild said: “Parents of Banbury and parents whose children attend Oxford schools will be hitting the train the slow S4 public bus or trying to negotiate the Oxford networks to get their children to school".
As well as transporting schoolchildren, the company also provided ‘away days’ and holidays'.
A Northants County Council spokesman said “Jeffs operated two routes on behalf of the county council, one going to Magdalen College School in Brackley and one to Danetre and Southbrook in Daventry.
“We were notified on Monday that Jeffs had gone into liquidation and so went through an emergency procurement process to appoint a company to take on the routes over the short term.
“Soon we will start a procurement process to tender for new contracts to operate the routes with these starting in January."
There was no answer at Jeffs travel offices when the Banbury Guardian called yesterday, Wednesday.
The Banbury Guardian - 10 December 2015