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National Express acquires Birmingham transport depot from administrators

A vehicle depot in Birmingham has been sold by administrators.

Financial services firm Duff & Phelps has agreed a deal for the former Accessible Transport Group premises in Aston with West Midlands Accessible Transport.

The purchaser, which is part of Birmingham-based listed transport group National Express, bought Accessible Transport Group last August after it fell into administration last spring.

Accessible Transport Group, along with its sister charities Ring & Ride West Midlands and Accessible Transport Group Contract Services, provided transport services for people in the region who experienced mobility impairment or social isolation in urban and rural environments.

The sale of the freehold property to West Midlands Accessible Transport now adds further certainty to the future provision of these services.

Matthew Ingram, joint administrator from Duff & Phelps, said: “We have secured the sale of the 68,000 sq ft site to the transport service provider itself.

“The deal we have negotiated will provide a stable base for the business, ensuring the long-term provision of these vital services across the West Midlands.”

Mr Ingram and Tyrone Courtman were appointed joint administrators of Accessible Transport Group, Ring & Ride West Midlands and Accessible Transport Group Contract Services in March 2019.

Birmingham City Council announced a £1.4 million rescue package shortly afterwards to allow the services to continue operating while administrators worked to find a long-term solution.

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