According to a brief note on Glossop.com's front page at present, Tameside operator Speedwellbus has got into a spot of bother with the Traffic Commissioner. The note reads:
The Traffic Commissioners held a public enquiry (sic) into the school bus provision at Glossopdale Community College at Golborne, Warrington on Tuesday (June 30). The Deputy Traffic Commissioner decided against the company (Speedwellbus), and curtailed the fleet to 28 vehicles (from 37). He also issued a formal warning with various undertakings. These will be disclosed by the Deputy Traffic Commissioner "at a later date". The Vehicle Operator Services Agency had conducted an investigation and a vehicle examiner carried out a visit to the service provider in December 2008 and marked his report "unsatisfactory".
If true, this will be a blow to the operator, due to start a new commercial service between Hey Farm and Manchester next month. It will be interesting to see what offenses Speedwellbus are accused of. We'll bring you more when we get it.
[Thanks to Anthony E. McKeown]