The owner of a long serving bus company that offered routes through Selston and Jacksdale claims it has had to stop trading because of harsh subsidy cuts to public transport.
K&H Doyle, which began in 1986 by running a shuttle service between Pentrich and Street Lane, Denby, grew to a fleet of 28 vehicles running services around Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
But on Monday, January 13, the Alfreton firm halted its fleet.
Owner Kevin Doyle said: “I just can’t carry on because of all the cutbacks.
“The councils were expecting us to do the job for nothing, I feel.”
K&H Doyle ran services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council and a number of commercial routes, including the 331 service between Selston, Moorgreen and Phoenix Park.
Leicester-based A&S Coaches has taken over the 331 route for the time being.
In Nottinghamshire all 12 K&H Doyle services have been replaced. A spokesperson for the county council there also said K&H Doyle had agreed on a price for its services.
The spokesperson added: “Overall (the council) paid Doyles £675,000 a year – the majority of which was for contracts which they tendered for.
“The 331 service specifically we helped subsidise to the tune of £70,000 a year.”
Mr Doyle said the company might consider running in a reduced role in the future.