The following statement was issued yesterday by Halton Council as expurgated by fbb:-
The Council regrets that the Board of Halton Transport has taken the difficult decision to commence the process to put the company into liquidation, following a long period in which the company has been facing significant financial problems.
Unfortunately, over recent years, the trading environment has become more difficult.
As the major shareholder, the Council has, in recent months, been supporting the company in an attempt to place it on a stronger, more sustainable footing – unfortunately that has not been possible.
The Council is extremely aware of the anxiety this will cause members of the public who rely on the services provided by Halton Transport and is working hard with other providers to ensure, as far as possible, that essential services are maintained.
However, there will inevitably be disruption.
The simple advice to members of the public is that if you rely on a Halton Transport bus you should make alternative arrangements. The Council will make announcements on its website, social media and through media outlets in relation to alternative services as they are put in place and become operational.
The Council would like to apologise to bus users for any inconvenience caused and will continue to try to arrange alternative services.