A TRANSPORT company is eyeing further expansion after a takeover strengthened its order book and provided scope for new jobs.

Delta Coaches says its acquisition of Middlesbrough’s GL Coaches can be a catalyst for fresh growth.

Bosses added the move, which has secured 15 jobs and will create a handful of posts, has already secured extra work and will pave the way for more contracts since Delta now has greater access to vehicles suitable for moving passengers with mobility issues.

Gary Walton, managing director, said Delta, based in Eaglescliffe, near Stockton, will take on four workers and create seasonal roles to maintain its momentum, adding its growth has brought with it a new contract.

Mr Walton, whose family has provided transport on Teesside since the 1970s, said: “Having seen an increase in the number of passengers of all ages requiring adapted vehicles, it’s great to be able to provide these services to customers nationally and internationally.

“We’re pleased to be developing our portfolio of clients and opportunities for the area with an increased range of transport options – all while maintaining the standards our customers have come to rely on.

“Being able to retain Delta’s team is important to us and we’re pleased to be building the economy with future appointments.”

Mr Walton said the business was now focused on building its brand and finding a new Teesside home for its fleet of vehicles.

Delta’s deal was managed by accountancy and business advisory firm Anderson Barrowcliff, with partner James Dale leading the acquisition and supporting issues such as due diligence and tax advice.

Delta has vast experience of offering transport services for small and large groups of passengers across Stockton, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Hartlepool.

According to officials, its order book has seen it look after Middlesbrough Football Club players and various businesses, including petrochemicals operator Sabic, based at Wilton, near Redcar.