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End of road for long-running bus firm

K&H Doyle, which operated out of Alfreton, has halted its fleet. Alternative service providers have been sought for nearly all of its routes.

K&H Doyle, which operated out of Alfreton, has halted its fleet. Alternative service providers have been sought for nearly all of its routes.

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.

 

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