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NAT pulls out of international work

NAT Group — ComfortDelGro’s bus and coach subsidiary in south Wales — has withdrawn from operations beyond the UK.

 

With international travel all but banned for non-essential trips, it says it will discontinue its overseas operations and focus all of its efforts on running bus services and private hire throughout the UK.

 

Managing director Adam Keen says: “Following the latest government guidelines that foreign holidays are unlikely for the remainder of 2020, along with increasingly stringent social distancing measures being placed on transport operators, we have taken the decision to cease our international work with immediate effect.

 

“The current pandemic is a huge factor in this decision, but our coach commitments on the continent are extremely time-consuming and expensive to maintain, and we feel our attention would be better served focusing on the core business of running bus services in south Wales and private hire in the UK only. We can concentrate our efforts on making sure that we provide well presented vehicles and a friendly, efficient and memorable service for our customers.

 

“Rather than seeing this as an end, we very much view it as an exciting new chapter that allows us to focus on what we do well and, particularly in these ever-changing times, ensure our fleet matches demand, which includes investing in some alternative vehicles. We have informed our employees of this decision and have reassured all those involved that there is a job here for them.”

 

NAT Group, which trades as Adventure Travel, will be voluntarily amending its operator licence to a standard national version. It stresses that all its UK services are unaffected by this decision.

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