McGill’s moves into Lanarkshire with McNairn purchase

McGill's buses will soon be a common sight
McGill's buses will soon be a common sight

Scotland’s largest privately-owned public transport operator, McGill’s, has acquired McNairn Coaches for an undisclosed fee.

The acquisition, which also includes JJ Travel, will see McGill’s take over the operation of McNairn’s commercial routes and vehicles, with all impacted staff being offered continued employment with McGill’s.

Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill’s said: “I am delighted to have concluded this deal with John McNairn. John has operated services in Lanarkshire for many years, as did his father before him.

“The acquisition, our first in Lanarkshire since the opening of our Blantyre depot in March 2015, fits well with planned growth targets for our company’s development in Lanarkshire and beyond.

“The synergies with McGill’s existing operations in the local area are obvious and will give our customers even better value on our network tickets.

“The addition of the McNairn Coaches and JJ Travel routes to our operation is a clear indication that McGill’s is on the march in Lanarkshire.

“With the backing of the company’s owners, the Easdale family, I have a clear vision for the development of McGill’s in 2016, and beyond.”