Thursday, 18 August 2011
A little bit of Hookways lives on
As I'm sure many of you are aware of, Exeter based operator, Hookways, went into administration recently, and since then the company has started to be disbanded as the routes are dispersed to other operators, and the fleet is pulled apart. This Jonckheere bodied Volvo B10M is believed to now be owned by Jackett Coaches, and is seen here this morning operating the X5 to Truro. What I should have done to confirm the move, was to look at the legals, but didn't think of that at the time! Its that a little bit of Hookways will be viable for a little while longer though. A statement that has always stuck with me was when a fellow enthusiast stated "You can never go to Exeter without seeing a Hooky!", and how true was that! Exeter really won't be the same without the bright yellow fleet operating around the city, and indeed the region anymore. A very well established company, which is/was 82 years old this year going under, really shows how tough it is for the operators of the region at the moment. This is the second 'large' operator in the region to go within this recession, the other being Dawlish Coaches around this time last year.