A struggling coach firm has volunteered to be struck off the company register.

Turners of Essex will cease to exist from November 21 after it applied to be removed from the company register.

Fears for the firm’s future were first raised back in February when it pulled out of its partnership with Hedingham School and was no longer able to provide services.

Company bosses initially denied claims it was going into liquidation, despite placing its premises at Cock Corner Inn in Sudbury Road, Little Maplestead, up for sale.

The property was listed on Rightmove for £750,000, with a statement suggesting it had been placed on the market because the company was relocating.

However, the Companies House website shows an application to liquidate the business and remove it from the register was made on August 8.

The company’s decision to cancel its contract with Hedingham School in February caused widespread disruption for staff and pupils.

After a frantic search to find cover, Hedingham Chambers stepped in to fill the gap.

Turners provided details of the route and a member of staff to accompany the Hedingham Chambers’ driver.

Headteacher John Payani said at the time: “On what must have been a sad day for Turners, this assistance was appreciated.

“We are very grateful for the support Hedingham Chambers has given to the parents and students of our school in these very challenging circumstances.

“It has helped ensure there was no disruption to students’ education.”

The Gazette was unable to contact Turners.