April 5, 2018 10.44 am This story is over 66 months old

Confusion over Wembley bus trip bookings as Lincoln company goes quiet

What’s happening at Hodsons?

Customers are confused and concerned about their coach trip bookings to Wembley this weekend after a Lincoln transport company went off the radar.

People who booked with Hodson Coaches Ltd, based in Saxilby, have been told by phone operators their trips ‘could not be confirmed’, before phone lines were left unattended for more than 24 hours.

UPDATE: Hodson Coaches ‘ liquidation has been confirmed by the company to The Lincolnite. 

One person, who did not wish to be named, told The Lincolnite on Tuesday they had booked a coach for 25 people to travel to the Lincoln City Wembley match this weekend.

They called the company to check their trip would still go ahead after hearing they had “gone into administration”, but the person they spoke with at Hodson told them “I cannot confirm”.

Hodson’s phone line has been ringing through since Tuesday afternoon.

A customer told The Lincolnite: “I called the company on Tuesday morning and asked them if the company was still operating and if our trip was going ahead and they said they couldn’t confirm or deny.

“We have a coach for 25 people booked to see the Imps at Wembley. As you can imagine, there will be a huge number of people affected if trips are cancelled and people have to find another way there.”

The Lincolnite approached Hodson Coaches for a comment and left a number of messages. There was no response from the company or its listed managing director Alistair Gooseman.

A message on the firm’s website reads that the business will be “off line for a while”.

Hodson Coaches’ website is currently down for maintenance and major upgrading.

The company is still listed as ‘active’ on the Companies House website, and there has been no confirmation of administration.

Hodson Coaches is a private family-run coach fire business. It says on its Facebook page that it has been trading for more than 100 years.

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