INVERCLYDE’S largest public transport operator is getting bigger.
McGill’s Bus Service of Greenock has acquired the routes and vehicles of Gibson Direct of Renfrew, one of Renfrewshire’s leading independent bus companies, for an undisclosed sum.
The company says the acquisition gives a further indication of McGill’s ambition to become the “foremost independent operator in the Scottish bus sector”.
It will result in a 70 per cent increase in the company’s Barrhead-based fleet. All existing Gibson staff will be offered continued employment with McGill’s.
McGill’s will take over Gibson’s routes from 8 November.
Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill’s said: “I am delighted to have concluded this deal with Robert Gibson. Robert has operated a quality service in Renfrewshire for many years, and the company has a well-deserved reputation as one of the local area’s best bus companies.”
He continued: “The synergies with McGill’s existing operations in the Renfrewshire area are obvious and will give our customers much better value on our network ticket. The acquisition also fits well with growth targets for our company’s development in Renfrewshire and beyond.”
The addition of the Gibson’s routes and fleet to the company’s operations in Renfrewshire follows the recent appointment of Colin Napier as their eastern area manager.