Bures bus firm takeover

A BURES bus company dating back more than 140 years has been taken over by a national firm.

H C Chambers & Sons was founded in 1877 and was run from headquarters in the High Street.

The firm, which operates numerous daily services, including from Sudbury via Nayland to Colchester and from Clare to Bury St Edmunds, was bought out by Go-Ahead - one of the countries biggest bus operators with around 4,000 vehicles - on Saturday.

Drivers at the firm had received letters about the potential takeover and were asked for their views.

A spokeswoman for Go-Ahead confirmed the firm had acquired Chambers, which is said to be the oldest bus company in the UK and has 27 vehicles and 33 staff, on Saturday.

She added that the Chambers depot in Bures had not been part of the deal and the company would be operating from units already owned in Chilton Industrial Estate.