The long-running ownership saga at Preston Bus appears to have ended this week after Birmingham-based bus operator Rotala confirmed it will buy the company for £3.2m. The deal ends months of speculation about the company’s future since the Competition Commission ordered Stagecoach to sell it in November 2009.
Rotala is the second largest bus operator in the West Midlands, Bristol and Bath. Preston Bus operates a fleet of 85 vehicles with 240 employees. It runs about 10 million passenger journeys a year.