Jobs under threat at Mendlesham-based coach operator Galloway

Galloway has launched a review of its administrative structure.

Galloway has launched a review of its administrative structure. - Credit: Archant

Mendlesham-based coach tours and coach hire company Galloway says that its product offer will remain unaffected, despite a review of its administrative structure.

Galloway, which also runs a number of local bus services and two routes for long-distance coach firm National Express, announced in April that it is to undergo a change of ownership from December.

It is being acquired by the owners of Rochford-based Stephensons of Essex – which already operates bus, school and charter services across Essex and south-west Suffolk – but will remain a stand-alone operation.

Galloway confirmed yesterday that 22 roles were under review but said it could not confirm the number of any redundancies as it was “still in the very early stages of consultation”.

“The aim is to ensure maximum cost efficiencies and maintain competitively priced travel,” it said. “No changes will be made to the current product range.”

Managing director David Cattermole, who together with the other current directors is due to retire from the business when the sale completes, added: “As part of our ongoing cost analysis, it is right for a business of our size to analyse all operational functions periodically and this, naturally, includes roles and responsibilities.

“At this time we anticipate only a small number of roles may be affected by the review. We are simply evaluating our business practices to ensure we continue to respond to the ever changing market place.”