The Singapore-based ComfortDelGro Corporation— owner of London operator Metroline and majority shareholder of Stagecoach-managed Scottish Citylink Coaches — has made its first UK bus acquisition outside London by acquiring 100% of the shares in Cardiff-based New Adventure Travel Limited (NAT Group), the largest independent bus and coach operator in South Wales.
ComfortDelGro managing director/group chief executive officer Yang Ban Seng says: “We have been operating bus and coach services across the UK for close to two decades. With this addition of NAT Group, we are broadening our footprint into Wales, and expanding our bus operations outside of London, which has always been our strategic intent. We look forward to serving the people of South Wales and introducing new and improved services to meet their travel needs,” he said.
NAT Group MD Kevyn Jones says: “Following a decade of growing this business, we are delighted it has now become part of the ComfortDelGro Group. We feel its expertise and financial strength will give us a great platform to continue to grow, improve and develop public transport in South Wales.”
NAT Group currently operates a fleet of 117 buses and coaches across four depots in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Pontypridd. Based near the city centre of Cardiff, it operates commercial and contracted scheduled bus services. It also has a fleet of coaches which operates on local contracts, as well as UK and European private hire and holiday work. It also offers transport services to professional sports teams including Swansea City Football Club, Newport County team and supporters and Cardiff City supporters.
Metroline is the second largest public scheduled bus operator in London with a fleet of 1,700 vehicles. Part of its growth in London has come from the acquisition of businesses owned previously by MTL Trust and First Bus.