Badger turns to East
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• Bus giant Badgerline Holdings has bought Essexbased bus operator Eastern National, boosting the group's fleet to more than 2,500 vehicles.
Eastern National runs 470 buses and employs 1,700 staff. It concentrates on local bus services in Essex, Hertfordshire and London.
"The company has a successful history but the future of the industry lies in the formation of sizeable groups," says Badgerline. "By joining one of these groups at this stage the company will benefit from the expertise available on a group basis and its longer term security will be assured." Eastern National is the sixth bus firm to join the Badgerline Holdings empire: Badgerline acquired South Wales Transport earlier this year.
Other companies in the group include City Line, Midland Red West, Western National and Badgerline. ILI The Department of Transport has proposed that the police, fire service and armed forces should be enabled to conduct PSV driving tests for their personnel. They already administer all other classes of vehicle tests. including HGVs.