Last reviewed 10 September 2020

We reported in August on the possibility of up to 650 job losses at Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) (see Potential huge job losses at leading bus manufacturer).

The situation has since worsened, with the company reporting that it has begun the formal consultation on its restructuring programme in response to the significant fall in demand for new buses and coaches in the UK, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Unite trade union, staff were told that production at Guildford will end during a meeting called to provide more details of the 650 job losses already forecast at the firm’s sites at Falkirk, Guildford and Scarborough.

ADL said that it had no alternative but to adjust its business to the current economic situation.

While it has held talks with the UK and Scottish Governments and other stakeholders, there is no immediate visibility of the stimulus funding urgently required to support operators to place orders, making it necessary to begin the formal consultation on the proposed changes.

ADL President and Managing Director, Paul Davies, said: “The Dennis brand is of huge significance to the company, with its proud history and heritage of automotive innovation dating back to its inception in 1895. We will fight hard to protect this legacy and will continue to invest in our chassis product range, which will continue to be engineered in Guildford.”

He said that the company is actively seeking voluntary redundancies to reduce the number of compulsory job losses.

Unite has been calling for the Prime Minister's promised order of 4000 new low emission buses to be brought forward to help the bus and coach industry to recover from Covid-19, but says any support must now be conditional on ADL ending job cuts and outsourcing and committing to the long-term future of its sites.