Nine operators step in after John Smith failure

Rear view of DPY 335, John Smith & Son’s restored Leyland Tiger PS1/1 with Plaxton body.
DANIEL STAZICKER

Nine operators have taken over 14 council contracts from failed Thirsk-based John Smith & Son, which closed at short notice on 17 January.

All were school services, except for Thursday- and Saturday-only bus route 150, linking villages between Thirsk and Ripon.

After a brief pause without service, this is now run by North Yorkshire County Council’s own Fleet Services unit.

North Yorkshire County Council assistant director Ian Fielding says: ‘Our team has worked hard to make sure the schoolbus services continue to operate and we will be working closely with schools as we seek to make permanent alternative arrangements.’

Besides its modern vehicles, John Smith & Son operated a restored Plaxton-bodied Leyland Tiger PS1/1 dating from 1947.