Pensioners stranded as coach firm closes

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Pensioners waiting to be picked up for a day trip at various stopping points in Conisbrough were left high and dry when their coach failed to turn up on Tuesday.

It was later discovered that the tour company – Wombwell Coaches – had shut up shop, though no explanation has been given for the firm’s closure.

Wombwell’s parent company TV Travel in Darwen has also closed its doors.

A message on Wombwell Travel’s answerphone says simply: “Unfortunately this office is now closed. Those concerned will contacted in due course.”

TV Travel owns several coach and touring companies across the Pennines, but it is believed that the Wombwell firm is its only business in Yorkshire.

It was established in 1991, though Wombwell Travel’s history dates back around 25 years.

TV Travel is currently under investigation by trading standards officers from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council,

Reports from Conisbrrough suggest that on Tuesday morning groups of pensioners from the village were left waiting on the roadside at various pick up points. Their coaches failed to turn up and the day out was cancelled.

Customers across the Pennines had similar experiences and were left out of pocket after paying for holidays and trips that never took place, including excursions to Weston-super-Mare, Blackpool and Paignton. Some of the cancelled trips date as far back as July 29.

An answerphone message at TV Travel’s Darwen office said: “An answerphone message said: “Hello, this is TV Travel. Unfortunately, due to a number of trading difficulties, we have had to suspend the business.

“We are working to resolve the situation but cannot give any more information at the moment.”