Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram has stepped in to save school bus services after the collapse of a major Merseyside transport company.
Halton Transport, which runs more than a third of services across Cheshire has gone into liquidation after seeing losses rise by more than 1100% in two years.
Earlier in the week school children were left stranded when their usual bus service failed to turn up.
Halton Borough Council said it tried to give the firm a "stronger, more sustainable footing" but had failed, putting 150 jobs at risk.
Arriva North West announced on its website that it would take over some of the firm's routes, while Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram said all Merseytravel-funded school routes would continue to run.