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Public inquiry set for coach firm; NEWS IN BRIEF.

A PUBLIC inquiry is to be held into a coach firm where more than 300 people were made redundant when it ceased training.

GHA Coaches in Wrexham ceased trading in mid-July after receiving a winding-up petition over unpaid taxes.

Many members of staff were told they were losing their jobs via text, with some drivers out on routes when they received the message.

Almost 50 former employees have contacted lawyers about making a possible compensation claim against GHA Coaches, which operated public and school bus services across Flintshire, Denbighshire, Cheshire and Shropshire.

Twenty routes across Wrexham and many more in Flintshire and Denbighshire were left without services, leaving passengers in the lurch as councils frantically tried to find replacements The inquiry, to be held by Traffic Commissioner of Wales Nick Jones, will look into licences held by the firm.

These include a licence authorising the use of 146 vehicles in Wales and 80 vehicles in the north west of England.

A public inquiry notice states: "The inquiry has been called to consider bus-monitoring exercises carried by Bus Users Cymru and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

"The Traffic Commissioner will also consider a DVSA report on the company's vehicle maintenance standards.

"The company's transport managers, Gareth Lloyd-Davies, Darrell Barron and Berwyn Davies, have also been called to the inquiry."

The inquiry will be held at Welshpool town hall at 10.30am on Tuesday, September 20.

In August, the Daily Post revealed that GHA's 200 coaches and buses were to be auctioned off, with money raised going towards paying creditors.

There will also be subsequent sales via Landwood Group, an asset recovery specialist.

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