Caldaire's United reorganises
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• Caldaire subsidiary United Automobile of Darlington is restructuring its operation with closures and a company split.
Tees and District Bus Company takes over the Middlesbrough, Redcar, and Loftus depots, leaving United with Durham and North Yorkshire.
Managing director Mike Widmer will be in charge of Caldaire North West, which will oversee the strategy and finances of the two operating companies and provide support and engineering services. United's central works at Darlington is to close; the site will become the local bus garage. The town centre garage and bus station will be sold.
The Tees company emerges following losses made earlier this year in East Cleveland, while United will have to prepare for the first reissue of Durham County Council contracts since 1986.
Closures in North Yorkshire follow the pattern established in Northallerton. In Richmond and Whitby, depots will be sold and outstations established. In Ripon, the depot and operations are for sale as an entity.
Operational changes should be completed by October.