Taxi firms drive ahead in merger

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THE BIGGEST two taxi-firms in Hucknall have merged.

The amalgamation has taken place between A2B CARS, which is based on Chapel Street, and the long-standing BELLS company, of nearby Baker Street.

The company will operate under the name of A2B Cars and continue to work from both sites.

Business development manager Dave Scott said: “The new company will offer a comprehensive range of services for all our customers.

“We now have a fleet of more than 100 vehicles, making us the largest taxi company in the Ashfield licensed area.

“As part of the merger, our main aim is to provide new and existing customers with first-class services, including cheaper fares.”

“Because of this merger, A2B cars can offer existing Bells customers new services such as in-car credit-card provision, GPS-tracked drivers, callback and Internet booking.”

Freephones for the company in Hucknall are located at the Argos, B&M Bargains, Tesco, Wilkinson and Aldi stores in Hucknall. A new freephone has also been installed in the Morrisons superstore at Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Speculation about Bells being taken over by another taxi firm, County Cars, last year did not materialise.

Mr Scott said: “Our drivers are predominantly Hucknall people, and I have lived in the town for 23 years.

“For regular journeys like school trips, we will set a fare to let customers know how much they will be paying.

“The merger is quite a big thing for Hucknall as a whole and I feel very enthusiastic about it.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Mr Scott (left) with drivers Maureen Burton and Roy Cooper after the merger — DISPIC NHUD12-1194-3.