Sheffield transport company BrightBus announces closure due to ‘ill health’

A transport company which takes thousands of pupils to school every day is due to stop operating this summer.

BrightBus serves over 30 schools in the area and has been in operation since 1998. The company employs 90 staff who now face redundancy.

Managing Director Mick Strafford has said he is closing the firm due to “ill health” and does not want to sell the company to another transport provider.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that now’s probably the right time to call this a day,” said Mr Strafford.

“I want to make sure as many of my staff get jobs as we can so we’re going to be giving a lot of help talking to other bus companies and even other industries.

“They’re going to get excellent references.

“I’m expecting that there will be jobs created in other industries because of this. There is going to be a requirement for bus drivers to cover the service that we operate.

“I want to make sure that the kids that we carry get the best possible chance of getting a replacement service.”

A spokesman for Travel South Yorkshire said: “They will be closing at the end of the academic year.”

“They are going to be working closely with local authorities over different operators and other options.”