Two MSPs, Jim Sheridan and Hugh Henry, are calling for a full enquiry into the acquisition of Arriva's Glasgow operation by McGill's. It is thought to have cost £10 million. The move comes as McGill's faces an Office of Fair Trading review.
The takeover, set to be finalised in March, expands the combined fleet by 165 buses and adds nearly 400 employees to McGill's – now believed to be Scotland's third largest bus group. They will now have more than 700 workers and around 300 buses.
Hugh Henry fears that besides potential redundancies McGill's will be handed a local monopoly that will make for high fares and poor service. McGill's, with bases in Barrhead and Greenock, has yet to announce how it plans to achieve economies in an operation that now includes both the former Arriva staff and all of its local bus routes.