A troubled coach travel business has reopened ‘under new management’.

Several West Yorkshire-based coach companies bearing the ‘Abbeyways’ name came under fire last year for broken-down coaches, cancelled trips and unpaid refunds.

But a sign in the window at Abbeyways’ former office at 2 Upperhead Row, in Huddersfield town centre, claimed the business is now ‘Paramount Coaches Limited’.

Only one Paramount Coaches Limited — an unrelated company founded in Plymouth 11 years ago — is registered in the UK.

But David Davies, co-director of Abbeyways Hd Ltd, founded Paramount Travel Ltd at 2 Upperhead Row, on July 7.

Despite the apparent link between Paramount Travel Ltd and some Abbeyways companies, a sign in the office window said it was ‘under new management’.

The sign says: “We continue to offer fast, friendly customer service to our customers.”

The Examiner can reveal that Abbeyways Hd Ltd is currently listed as ‘in liquidation’.

The sign in the shop window
The sign in the shop window
 

A document from the company’s former liquidator, Imogen CM Davidson, dated May 12, 2014, shows the company owed more than £30,000 to creditors, including Kirklees and Calderdale councils as well as £5,200 to the Headland Hotel in Blackpool.

Another document from Manchester-based Ms Davidson added there was ‘no prospect’ of the creditors recovering their money.

Meanwhile Abbeyways Tours Ltd, which was also run from 2 Upperhead Row by Mr Davies folded in May.

Abbeyways Tours Ltd had been the subject of numerous complaints about broken-down vehicles and money owed to customers for cancelled and aborted trips.

The former director of Abbeyways Coaches Ltd, Steven Ives, was banned indefinitely from working as a coach operator earlier this year.

Mr Ives, who it is thought provided vehicles for Mr Davies’ companies, was stripped of his licence in April following a public inquiry.

North Eastern traffic commissioner Kevin Rooney ruled that Mr Ives had “lost his repute and professional competence” and was unfit to work as a transport manager.

A document from liquidator Ms Davidson also shows that Abbeyways Hd Ltd owed £2,400 to Mr Ives.

Mr Ives was also a director of 24 defunct companies including: Abbeyways – Hanson Coach Services Ltd, Abbeyways Buses (Halifax) Ltd, Abbey-Hanson Coach Services Ltd, Abbeyways Travel Ltd, Abbeyways Hanson Ltd and Abbeyways Ltd.

The Examiner has reported several times about customers being let down by Abbeyways companies with tours cancelled at the last minute and customers chasing refunds.

Some trips have also been ruined when coaches failed to turn up or broke down.

The Examiner left messages for Mr Davies at the Abbeyways office on several occasions.

He failed to comment.