More changes ahead on the buses

A takeover deal involving the firm which runs school buses in Helensburgh and Lomond will not affect the contract, It has been confirmed.

On Monday it was reported that Dumbarton-based Loch Lomond Bus Services Ltd, which trades as McColl’s, had been bought by Inverclyde firm McGill’s in a £3m deal.

McColl’s won the schools contract from Argyll and Bute Council 12 months ago, leading to a lengthy legal challenge by Stewart McQueen of Garelochhead Minibuses and Coaches.

In May the court of session in Edinburgh dealt a blow to the council, ruling that the four-year contract had to be cut short because the tendering process was unsound.

Today (Tuesday) a council spokesperson said the buyout would not affect the remaining contract.
“There will be no impact on school bus services in Helensburgh and Lomond,” she said.

“We are currently tendering for these services, and would expect any new contract to take effect in January 2013. Tender returns are expected in the near future.”

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