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Memories of 86 year old travel firm that's gone bust

Hatts coaches has been in business in Wiltshire since 1928 until today, when it had to call in the receivers. The administrators say it simply ran out of cash.

Many of you will have memories of the company, which has provided school services, coach trips and holidays for many years.

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@itvwestcountry not affected per se, but without Hatts Coaches, I would never have made school. Lacock to Chippenham 1983-1990.

Travel firm customers should contact card providers

Customers of Wiltshire firm Hatts Travel, hit by the company going into administration, who paid by credit or debit card they should contact their card providers.

It is deeply regrettable and sad for all concerned that the majority of Hatts operations should have to stop trading. The businesses simply ran out of cash. We are acutely aware of the distress and hardship many holidaymakers and day trippers will be suffering right now particularly as so many of these are of an “older generation”. Our priority right now is to contact and provide dedicated helpline support for those members of the general public who have paid for holidays, day trips and other private hire with Hatts.

– Andrew Sheridan, Joint administrator

Those affected can contact the helpline on 0800 4704633

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Chippenham coach firm goes bust with loss of 90 jobs

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Wiltshire travel firm Hatts is in administration threatening the holiday plans of 1,000 customers Credit: Hatts Travel

Wiltshire coach firm Hatts has gone into administration with the immediate loss of 89 jobs and threatening the plans of 1,000 members of public who have made bookings affected.

A Park and Ride bus service Hatts operates in Salisbury will continue to operate safeguarding 32 jobs.

The firm has offices and depots in Foxham near Chippenham, Worton near Devizes and Salisbury.

Helpline number for those people who are affected:0800 4704633

45,000 expected to jet off from Bristol

Up to two million Brits are expected to fly abroad this weekend despite temperatures in the UK remaining high.

Spain is the number one destination in Europe according to travel organisation Abta. Bristol Airport estimates 45,000 will take off from there this weekend.

However the current hot weather has boosted the numbers of people taking last-minute trips in the UK. Businesses in Somerset are hoping the weather helps to attract more people to the region, which is still struggling following the winter flood with some companies seeing a 25% reduction in bookings.

Busy travel period as school holidays begin

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Thousands are expected to head on holiday following the start of the school holidays Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

We're being warned to expect one of the busiest weekends of the year on the region's roads, as the school summer holidays begin.

Industry leaders say they've seen a drop in bookings for this season over the last couple of months compared to previous years. Some businesses say trade is down a quarter. But they're hoping sunny summer weather will help boost takings.

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Busiest ever June for Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has recorded its busiest ever June with over 646,000 passengers during the course of the month. That's an increase of 3 per cent from last year. The airport say there are a number of reasons for this.

  • More than 8,000 people using Aer Lingus Regional’s Dublin service for the first time
  • Introduction of a larger aircraft on KLM’s four times daily service between Bristol and Amsterdam. The airline carried nearly 20,000 passengers on the route
  • Summer service between Bristol and Stockholm

“The strong performance across all airline sectors is particularly encouraging, with business, leisure and inbound traffic all contributing to June’s record passenger numbers. New facilities are in place to ensure we maintain service levels as passenger numbers continue to grow, and we are already focusing on further improvements we can bring to the route network from Bristol.”

– Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport

Resurfacing work taking place overnight on M5

One lane of the M5 southbound between J24-25 has now re-opened following an incident earlier this morning involving three HGVs. Continuing traffic delays are reported while work takes place to re-open lane 2.

A fully signed diversion is in place along the A38 from Junction 24. Drivers are advised to make sure they have sufficient water in their cars and are reminded not to park on the hard shoulder so emergency vehicles can maintain access to the site.

Lane one and the hard shoulder will remain closed overnight to allow emergency resurfacing to take place.

– Highways Agency statement
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