Councillor Phil Bateman said today” I have read this news with great relief. If the proposed sale does go through. It will save jobs here in the West Midlands conurbation, and more than that it will provide continued accessible services for people with disabilities. Its good news for Wednesfield residents and others in Wolverhampton, and good news for the rest of the citizens in the West Midlands conurbation. Well done David Bradford!I am sure it will be a good fit.
PROPOSED SALE COULD SAVE HUNDREDS OF JOBS
More than 700 jobs could be saved after a deal to sell a West Midlands transport group out of administration was agreed with a subsidiary of National Express.
Matthew Ingram and Tyrone Courtman, both of Duff & Phelps, were appointed joint administrators of Accessible Transport Group, Ring and Ride West Midlands and ATG Contract Services in March.
The charities provide accessible transport services for people in the West Midlands who experience mobility impairment or social isolation in urban and rural environments. They operate more than 600 vehicles from nine depots in the region.
The services will be provided by West Midlands Accessible Transport, a subsidiary of National Express. The contract is to begin in September.
Ingram said: “We have today commenced advising the union and the employees of the details of our proposed sale of the business and assets of the charities to a national transport provider.
“The deal we have negotiated will provide a stable financial platform, ensuring the long-term provision of these vital services across the West Midlands.
“This could not have been achieved without the support of all the employees, Birmingham City Council and Transport for West Midlands, ensuring a continued service whilst the Joint Administrators explored the viable options following their appointment.
“We are very grateful to them for that support and will now seek to conclude the sale as soon as practicably possible to provide certainty to them and all users of the services they provide.”
David Bradford, managing director of National Express West Midlands, said: “I’m very happy to be welcoming ATG employees into the National Express family of businesses.
“We are fully committed to this company – we’ll be investing in the service, including innovative technology for safer journeys, and most importantly, in the people.
“As a proud Living Wage Foundation-accredited employer, we will of course be paying all our new staff the real Living Wage.
“Here in the West Midlands, National Express takes nearly a million passengers every day to work, school, college, to the shops and to see their friends. National Express also already runs many similar services to ATG in America – we will combine this expertise with our deep local knowledge.
“Our focus is always on delivering a safe and reliable service. So we think National Express is a really good fit to build on the great service that’s already being delivered here, and we’re looking forward to getting started.”