Hatts staff had no idea closure was coming

Hatts Travel closure: Staff tell of their shock at job losses

A Hatts worker telling of his shock at the closure

Stunned Hatts workers make their way home after being told the news of the closure

First published in Wiltshire
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by , Senior reporter

Staff at Hatts Travel spoke of their shock after being told the Wiltshire family coach firm has ceased trading with the loss of 89 jobs.

They said they had no idea the closure was in the offing.

A steady stream of empty Hatts coaches and Wiltshire Buses vehicles, all out of service, made their way back to the Foxham base for the last time throughout Friday afternoon.

Drivers and other staff left the company's headquarters looking forlorn after learning they had been made redundant.

One man stopped outside the firm's HQ to say how emotional he was to leave after so many years, his voice starting to break as he explained he was one of the most senior drivers at the company.

A 72-year-old who followed said he and his colleagues had not been given any warning the business was about to go under.

The man, who said he had worked there about eight years, said: “There was no warning.

“It’s just one of those things that happen in life. The general feeling is much the same, it’s just one of those things.

“I’m going to get my old age pension now.”

Have you had a holiday cancelled? Email Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@newswilts.co.uk

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10:10pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Fluffy peppa says...

Shocking news.
Who will take over to take children to school in September?????
Shocking news. Who will take over to take children to school in September????? Fluffy peppa
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8:09am Sat 26 Jul 14

sliemaroo says...

Fluffy peppa wrote:
Shocking news.
Who will take over to take children to school in September?????
Forget about the 89 who lost their job and the thousands their holiday. So long as you can get your kids to school in September.
[quote][p][bold]Fluffy peppa[/bold] wrote: Shocking news. Who will take over to take children to school in September?????[/p][/quote]Forget about the 89 who lost their job and the thousands their holiday. So long as you can get your kids to school in September. sliemaroo
  • Score: 27

5:27pm Sat 26 Jul 14

moonraker77 says...

I wonder how the cut backs in Wiltshire transport subsidies have contributed to this situation.
I wonder how the cut backs in Wiltshire transport subsidies have contributed to this situation. moonraker77
  • Score: 8

6:49pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Gerrard2912 says...

Although it is sad the these people have lost their jobs and 1,000 people are out of pocket, it is a genuine concern who will be providing transport to the local schools actually!!
I believe that the children are the future. Now, you can teach them well, but you have gotta let them lead the way.
Although it is sad the these people have lost their jobs and 1,000 people are out of pocket, it is a genuine concern who will be providing transport to the local schools actually!! I believe that the children are the future. Now, you can teach them well, but you have gotta let them lead the way. Gerrard2912
  • Score: -19

9:34pm Tue 29 Jul 14

coachdriver1 says...

the routes will be retendered and in sept a proper coach firm will have a coach ready to pick up all the kids.
the routes will be retendered and in sept a proper coach firm will have a coach ready to pick up all the kids. coachdriver1
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