Black Velvet Travel has resumed services just days after entering administration

Bus company back on the road after last gasp bid to save business

Bus company back on the road after last gasp bid to save business

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

A HAMPSHIRE bus company is back in business just two days after entering administration.

Black Velvet Travel is running services as normal this morning despite announcing it had ceased trading on Wednesday.

As reported by the Daily Echo, a last-gasp bid to save the company was launched last night by an unnamed company which appears to have succeeded.

And in a message issued on its Twitter account, Velvet said: “We have new owners and we're back on the road!”

The A, B4, S1 and S2 services are all running as normal today.

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8:29am Fri 18 Jul 14

excusemoi says...

Great news! Hope the company manages to keep going.
Great news! Hope the company manages to keep going. excusemoi
  • Score: 16

8:55am Fri 18 Jul 14

qwop says...

This has had the odd effect that there are two S1s running today, one behind the other, as Bluestar are still running the replacement service...
This has had the odd effect that there are two S1s running today, one behind the other, as Bluestar are still running the replacement service... qwop
  • Score: 7

9:24am Fri 18 Jul 14

Outside of the Box says...

qwop wrote:
This has had the odd effect that there are two S1s running today, one behind the other, as Bluestar are still running the replacement service...
Always the case when waiting for buses, wait for one and two turn up
[quote][p][bold]qwop[/bold] wrote: This has had the odd effect that there are two S1s running today, one behind the other, as Bluestar are still running the replacement service...[/p][/quote]Always the case when waiting for buses, wait for one and two turn up Outside of the Box
  • Score: 19

10:43am Fri 18 Jul 14

jskidd3 says...

Fantastic news. Also great that the website I made for them lives on! :-)
Fantastic news. Also great that the website I made for them lives on! :-) jskidd3
  • Score: 12

11:20am Fri 18 Jul 14

sotonbusdriver says...

Be patient, as The Traffic Commissioner in Bristol.. Has to make a decision as to who and what is happening to these route...
All Companies have to register to run a route...
The final outcome will depend on what he feels is best to maintain a service. If he decides that VELVET are not financially secure he can tender them to other Companies to bid to run it...
Be patient, as The Traffic Commissioner in Bristol.. Has to make a decision as to who and what is happening to these route... All Companies have to register to run a route... The final outcome will depend on what he feels is best to maintain a service. If he decides that VELVET are not financially secure he can tender them to other Companies to bid to run it... sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 8

4:54pm Fri 18 Jul 14

sparkster says...

great news with all the doom and gloom in the news lately, good luck to them they deserve it
great news with all the doom and gloom in the news lately, good luck to them they deserve it sparkster
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Freemantle lad says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
Be patient, as The Traffic Commissioner in Bristol.. Has to make a decision as to who and what is happening to these route...
All Companies have to register to run a route...
The final outcome will depend on what he feels is best to maintain a service. If he decides that VELVET are not financially secure he can tender them to other Companies to bid to run it...
Please note that the Traffic Commissioner for the West of England (based in Bristol) is Sarah Bell - the days when all the Traffic Commissioners for the various areas were male ended some years ago and three out of the present seven Commissioners are female.

Your knowledge of the role of the Traffic Commissioners seems rather poor. They are in no way involved in the tendering of bus services. Most bus services operate commercially but where a local authority, such as a County Council or a Unitary authority, thinks that additional journeys or a complete route is needed, then it is that authority, not a Traffic Commissioner, which invites tenders and awards contracts.

Bus operators do have to meet certain requirements, including financial standing, and Commissioners can take certain actions, including curtailing or revoking the Operator's licence of a company which gets into financial difficulties.
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Be patient, as The Traffic Commissioner in Bristol.. Has to make a decision as to who and what is happening to these route... All Companies have to register to run a route... The final outcome will depend on what he feels is best to maintain a service. If he decides that VELVET are not financially secure he can tender them to other Companies to bid to run it...[/p][/quote]Please note that the Traffic Commissioner for the West of England (based in Bristol) is Sarah Bell - the days when all the Traffic Commissioners for the various areas were male ended some years ago and three out of the present seven Commissioners are female. Your knowledge of the role of the Traffic Commissioners seems rather poor. They are in no way involved in the tendering of bus services. Most bus services operate commercially but where a local authority, such as a County Council or a Unitary authority, thinks that additional journeys or a complete route is needed, then it is that authority, not a Traffic Commissioner, which invites tenders and awards contracts. Bus operators do have to meet certain requirements, including financial standing, and Commissioners can take certain actions, including curtailing or revoking the Operator's licence of a company which gets into financial difficulties. Freemantle lad
  • Score: 4

11:52pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Dave Of The South says...

Freemantle lad wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
Be patient, as The Traffic Commissioner in Bristol.. Has to make a decision as to who and what is happening to these route...
All Companies have to register to run a route...
The final outcome will depend on what he feels is best to maintain a service. If he decides that VELVET are not financially secure he can tender them to other Companies to bid to run it...
Please note that the Traffic Commissioner for the West of England (based in Bristol) is Sarah Bell - the days when all the Traffic Commissioners for the various areas were male ended some years ago and three out of the present seven Commissioners are female.

Your knowledge of the role of the Traffic Commissioners seems rather poor. They are in no way involved in the tendering of bus services. Most bus services operate commercially but where a local authority, such as a County Council or a Unitary authority, thinks that additional journeys or a complete route is needed, then it is that authority, not a Traffic Commissioner, which invites tenders and awards contracts.

Bus operators do have to meet certain requirements, including financial standing, and Commissioners can take certain actions, including curtailing or revoking the Operator's licence of a company which gets into financial difficulties.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]Freemantle lad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Be patient, as The Traffic Commissioner in Bristol.. Has to make a decision as to who and what is happening to these route... All Companies have to register to run a route... The final outcome will depend on what he feels is best to maintain a service. If he decides that VELVET are not financially secure he can tender them to other Companies to bid to run it...[/p][/quote]Please note that the Traffic Commissioner for the West of England (based in Bristol) is Sarah Bell - the days when all the Traffic Commissioners for the various areas were male ended some years ago and three out of the present seven Commissioners are female. Your knowledge of the role of the Traffic Commissioners seems rather poor. They are in no way involved in the tendering of bus services. Most bus services operate commercially but where a local authority, such as a County Council or a Unitary authority, thinks that additional journeys or a complete route is needed, then it is that authority, not a Traffic Commissioner, which invites tenders and awards contracts. Bus operators do have to meet certain requirements, including financial standing, and Commissioners can take certain actions, including curtailing or revoking the Operator's licence of a company which gets into financial difficulties.[/p][/quote]Well said. Dave Of The South
  • Score: 0

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