Helping the Industry
Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Parkers Coaches on ITV News
The coach industry in general is facing severe difficulties in dealing with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Most coach operators are trying to find ways to survive when their income has dropped to zero, when this would traditionally be the start of the peak summer season for coach travel. Some help has been forthcoming from the Government with Bounce Back and CBILS loans, as well as the furlough scheme for staff, but in most cases, this isn’t going to make up for the loss of their critical summer business that would normally keep them going over the quieter winter months.
The stark reality is evidenced by some of the country’s biggest coach tour companies such as Shearings, National Holidays and David Urquhart have been forced into administration or simply ceased trading. Andrew McGuinness, CPT’s Regional Manager, Northern and Yorkshire, stated in and interview with ITV news that they’ve asked the government for support of £65 million a month, until the end of the year, to help operators through the worst of this crisis. Without this help there are likely to be many more casualties in an industry worth a huge £4.4 billion to the UK economy.
Local operators Parkers Executive Coaches and North East Coach Travel were asked to comment and they confirmed that the National situation is very much mirrored at local level. David Wastell of Parkers Executive Coaches said all necessary steps have been taken to protect their passengers, with provision of PPE and additional safety cleansing protocols, however, the current 2 metre social distancing rule would make economic operation of coaches financially unviable.