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Arriva exits Scotland with sale to McGill’s

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Arriva is to pull out of Scotland. The company is selling its business, which employs 380 people and runs 165 buses, to McGill’s of Greenock. The deal, for an undisclosed sum, consolidates McGill’s position as the major operator in the Paisley and Greenock areas and almost doubles the size of the family-owned company.

Nigel Featham, Arriva's regional managing director, says: "The team at Arriva Scotland West are a real part of their local community and have strived over the past 18 months to put the business on a stronger commercial footing in the face of increasing costs and the wider economic impact of the recession. Their professionalism and customer focus has been commendable. There was, however, limited opportunity to grow this relatively isolated part of Arriva's UK bus business and the offer received represents good value for Arriva." The sale is expected to be completed in February or March.

McGill’s has since March 2010 been headed by managing director Ralph Roberts, who was previously in charge of Arriva Scotland West. He says: "Upon completion, the transaction will give McGill's operational efficiencies for the future growth and development of our business, both in Renfrewshire and further afield. The senior team at McGill's will work closely with Arriva Scotland West management to ensure as seamless a transfer for staff and ultimately, for passengers, as possible. Further announcements will follow."

Arriva Scotland West operates from depots in Inchinnan and Johnstone and is the successor to former British Bus business Clydeside, itself once part of the state-owned Scottish Bus Group. McGill’s has depots in Greenock and Barrhead.

www.mcgillsbuses.co.uk

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