Bus firm wins battle for schools contract

A firm which fought a long legal battle over school buses has now won the contract.
Dumbarton-based firm McColls won the contract for the Helensburgh and Lomond area from Argyll and Bute Council in 2011.
But the decision was challenged in the courts by Stewart McQueen of Garelochhead Minibuses and Coaches Ltd.
The council was finally forced to retender after the court of session in Edinburgh ruled that the four-year contract had to be cut short because the tendering process was unsound.
Now the Garelochhead firm has successfully won the retendered contract.
The council today said: “Argyll and Bute Council is happy to announce that the tendering process for school transport contracts in the Helensburgh and Lomond area has been successfully concluded, with an award being made to Garelochhead Minibuses and Coaches Ltd.
“This bid provides the council with good value for money over a 43-month period, and work will take place with the operator over the next few weeks to put in place arrangements for a smooth handover on 1 January 2013.
“Written confirmation of the revised arrangements will be issued to affected households as soon as they are finalised.”

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