The bus garage in Garston is set to close next year after running routes from the facility became too costly.

The Watford Observer received reports last week that the St Albans Road garage would be “re-developed”, with some drivers being told that routes were expected to move to the Hemel Hempstead garage.

Bus operator Arriva, which runs services from the garage, confirmed the “phased closure” of the facility.

In a statement, Arriva said: “Garston operates routes that run a substantial distance from its garage and this has proved increasingly difficult to remain competitive.

“Arriva London has therefore taken the difficult decision to cease operations at Garston garage and has proposed a phased closure through to 2018.

“We are currently working the local trade union to assist staff through this process.”

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