Most bus services in Chester and Ellesmere Port affected by the collapse of a troubled operator have now been restored.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) stepped in after Wrexham-based GHA Coaches ceased trading on Wednesday, July 13.

A total of 320 employees were made redundant from the business which also ran depots at Tarvin near Chester, Ruthin, Winsford, Macclesfield, and Shrewsbury.

CWaC immediately prioritised restoring school transport services followed by public services.

Council leader Samantha Dixon said: “Since the sad news that one of the main independent commercial bus operators for our area has gone into administration, staff at Cheshire West and Chester Council have been working tirelessly to ensure continuity to the services affected.

“Our priority has continued to be services for school children until the end of summer term. However, officers have also been working with neighbouring authorities and commercial operators to ensure that other services are maintained.

“Most services are now running and where possible every effort has been made to cover local bus services in the borough and cross boundary services into North Wales.

“Customers are, however, asked to check the website for up to date timetable information as changes have had to be made in order to accommodate the high volume of requests on the available budget.

“As schools finish for their summer break this week, any affected school transport will be re-commissioned wherever necessary for September.”

Updated details including timetables can be found at