First Bus have announced that the Scotland East division will be sold to McGill’s Buses from September 19.
The move, which will mean that First Bus will operate in only Glasgow and Aberdeen in Scotland, also includes the Stirling routes such as the X36 and the estimated 550 staff who work in the division.
First Bus has said that they “will continue to operate our services as usual until the handover date, working closely with our local authority partners and demonstrating our commitment to our customers through the service we offer them.”
McGill’s Buses already have active routes in Scotland with buses covering Glasgow and Renfrewshire.
Managing Director of First Bus Scotland, Duncan Cameron, said: “I’d like to thank our employees for their continued hard work to deliver the best experience possible for our customers across the First Scotland East business. We will be supporting them fully as they transfer to their new employer.”
Cameron said the sale was part of a “strategic refocusing” for the business with “significant investment” in Aberdeen and Glasgow zero emission buses.
Chairman of McGill’s Bus Group, James Easdale, said: “Our team are passionate about using our expertise to build the business in the years ahead so we can retain and attract new passengers across the region.
“We’re pleased the opportunity has arisen to acquire the business and we appreciate the efforts of First Bus towards ensuring a smooth transition.”
Chair of McGill’s Bus Group, Ralph Roberts, said that the company “firmly believe that we can combine the advantages of the McGill’s Group with unique local transport brands and we will be announcing further details on that post-completion.”
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