Salisbury Reds has announced additional bus services in the region - with news that Hatts Coaches has ceased trading. Following discussions with Wiltshire Council, the operator will run buses across the following routes from today
7 and 8A - Devizes Road/Quidhampton to the city centre
12 - Stratford Bridge, Devonshire Road and Wyndham Road to the city centre
14 - Milton Road, Harvard Heights and Harnham Hill to the city centre
44 - Salisbury, Odstock, Downton, Redlynch, Woodfalls
66 - Salisbury to Tidworth via Shipton Bellinger
Another service, the 29 from Shaftesbury to Salisbury - via the Chalke Valley villages - will be run by sister firm Damory Coaches.
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.
The A361 Frome Bypass has been closed after a serious accident. Emergency services are at the scene following a crash involving a lorry and a bus between the A362 and B3092. The access onto the A361 from the A362 Blatchbridge roundabout is also closed off.
The M4 is currently closed in both directions after an multi-vehicle accident which struck the central reservation. Both eastbound and westbound carriageways are closed between J16 Swindon West and J17 Chippenham.
More than 70,000 passengers are expected through Bristol Airport this bank holiday weekend. An Airport spokesman says numbers are on the increase since it added new destinations including Bologna and Shannon.
Meanwhile the great Easter getaway will mean busy roads, especially on the region's motorways. The road and rail networks are likely to be extremely busy too so do make extra time for your journeys.