Bus company facing inquiry

Trevor Roberts of Blackpool Transport.
Trevor Roberts of Blackpool Transport.
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Blackpool Transport chiefs are being hauled before an inquiry after concerns were raised about vehicle maintenance.

A public inquiry has been scheduled for Wednesday at the Office of the Traffic Commissioner in Warrington.

The concerns being addressed relate to the bus fleet.

But a local passenger representative group today said they had no worries about the safety of the town’s buses.

The hearing follows an investigation earlier this year by VOSA – the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency – the government body that ensures transport operators comply with safety regulations.

A spokesman for the Traffic Commissioner said: “VOSA carried out an investigation earlier this year and has reported issues it is concerned about to the Traffic Commissioner.

“All we can say is, it is in relation to maintenance.”

The public hearing is due to start at 2pm.

Trevor Roberts, managing director of Blackpool Transport, which is wholly owned by Blackpool Council, said he was unable to comment ahead of the hearing.

But Stephen Brookes, chairman of the Blackpool Transport Passenger User Panel, said: “From our point of view, we know and work with service delivery manager Bob Mason and the driver training manager at Blackpool Transport, and as a passenger panel we have no concerns whatsoever about the efficiency and maintenance of Blackpool Transport’s vehicles.

“Blackpool Transport operates a well maintained and safe vehicle service.”

Last year Blackpool Transport reinvigorated its bus fleet by buying 21 double deckers from the Isle of Man, at a cost of £50,000 each.

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