Bus firm Munro’s of Jedburgh have announced today that it has ceased trading.
In a statement on its website, the company said: “Please note that with effect from 2245 hours on Wednesday, July 2013, Munro’s of Jedburgh Ltd have ceased trading and are no longer able to operate any scheduled services.
“Scottish Borders Council have made emergency arrangements to ensure that all services will continue to operate the current timetables with buses and drivers from other operators.
“We would like to thank all our passengers for their loyal support over the years.”
It is not known how many people are employed at Munro’s.
Roxburghshire MSP John Lamont said: “It is a great shame to hear that Munro’s of Jedburgh has ceased operating, and it immediately throws doubt over the future of their employees. At short notice they have been left without a job while many will still have to provide for their families.
“That is why the top priority now must be to ensure that they are provided with adequate support to make sure as many of them as possible can quickly get back into employment.
“Efforts must also be made to safeguard the routes that will be affected by the closure of Munro’s. The ten routes that were due to be run using their buses for the next month are used nearly 400,000 times a year and each of the passengers that use them will want reassurances that they will still run.
“It is vital that there is no disruption to the service and that is why I was pleased to see that replacement providers have been put in place by the council. It’s important that these now run smoothly, and I would urge local residents to immediately report any problems that occur.”
Last month, The Southern broke the news that Munro’s would lose nine of the ten council services from August 12 it ran as part of a re-tendering process.
An SBC spokesman said: “Some of the journeys will be covered by a new contractor from August 12 following the recent bus contract retendering exercise. The remaining journeys will continue to be covered until a tendering exercise can be undertaken and a new contractor appointed.”
Munro’s was founded in the mid-1960s but had its licence revoked earlier this year for loaning vehicle discs to a Dalkeith bus firm in 2011. It was awarded a new licence at a later hearing.
The temporary replacement providers are in brackets after each journey:
z Some journeys on Service 20, Hawick-Jedburgh-Kelso (Peter Hogg/First/Perryman’s)
z Service 21, Jedburgh town service infrequent journeys (Peter Hogg)
z Service 51/52, Jedburgh/Kelso to Edinburgh (First)
z Service 54, Galashiels ASDA to Meigle Street (First)
z Service 61, Galashiels-Earlston-Lauder (First)
z Service 68, Jedburgh to Galashiels (Perryman’s)
z Service 74, Galashiels ASDA to Netherdale (First)
z Service 80, Kelso Town Service (SBC)
z Service 81, Kelso to Morebattle/Yetholm (Perryman’s)
z Service 83, Kelso to Sprouston (SBC)
z Service 131, Jedburgh to Newcastle, was delivered on behalf of Northumberland County Council and they are organising replacement provision.