Go-Ahead buys Hedingham Omnibuses

Go-Ahead buys Hedingham Omnibuses Go-Ahead buys Hedingham Omnibuses
Go-Ahead continues to buy small businesses with the purchase of well-known Essex operator Hedingham Omnibuses. Hedingham was founded in 1960 and operates 86 buses in North Essex and Suffolk from depots at Clacton, Hedingham, Kelvedon, Sudbury and Tollesbury. It principally operates a mix of school and local bus contracts and commercial routes.

David Brown, Go-Ahead group chief executive, says: “I am delighted that we have acquired Hedingham Omnibuses. Go-Ahead is committed to operating high-quality bus businesses in areas of growth, so this acquisition fits extremely well with that approach.

“The MacGregor family and their staff have done an excellent job building Hedingham into what it is today. We look forward to working with them and to continuing to deliver an excellent service to our customers.”

The existing management team led by managing director Robert MacGregor will continue to run the business. The company name and brand will also remain in place. The Hedingham acquisition is Go-Ahead’s second in East Anglia. The group purchased the Konectbus business in 2010. And it follows the purchase at the start of this month of Carousel Buses in High Wycombe.

Go-Ahead first showed interest in East Anglia in December 2009, when it had talks with Ipswich borough council about buying the council-owned Ipswich Buses business, but these came to nothing.