The collapse of a major bus company in the north west – Halton Transport with the loss of 150 jobs – was described as ‘a very sad state of affairs’ by Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, today (Friday 24 January).

Unite, which represents the majority of the workforce at the arms-length company of Halton borough council, pledged to give maximum support to its members ‘during this difficult time for them and their families’.

Unite regional officer John Boughton said: “This is a very sad state of affairs, but not unexpected as this has been on the cards for some time. It was one of last remaining bus companies in the country that were municipally-owned.

“The worsening financial situation was exacerbated by delays to the works on the Silver Jubilee Bridge.

“Other bus operators will be taking over services in the Runcorn and Widnes areas and we understand that they are actively recruiting drivers previously employed by Halton Transport. 

“Unite will continue to do everything it can to support its members during this stressful time.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065 Email:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.