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McGills Make Lanarkshire Acquisition
Greenock-based bus firm McGill's, Scotland’s largest privately-owned public transport operator, has acquired the routes and vehicles of Coatbridge-based McNairn Coaches (including JJ Travel), for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition will see McGill’s take over the operation of McNairn’s four commercial routes. The 14 staff involved will be offered continued employment with McGill’s. The number of vehicles involved in the deal is still to be confirmed.
Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill’s said: “I am delighted to have concluded this deal with John McNairn. John has operated services in Lanarkshire for many years, as did his father before him.
“The acquisition, our first in Lanarkshire since the opening of our Blantyre depot in March 2015, fits well with planned growth targets for our company’s development in Lanarkshire and beyond. The synergies with McGill’s existing operations in the local area are obvious and will give our customers even better value on our network tickets.”
McGill’s currently employs around 1,000 staff, operating 400 buses across 110 routes. It has depots in Greenock, Barrhead, Blantyre, Inchinnan and Johnstone.