McGill’s invests nearly £5million in latest ADL order

Scotland’s largest independent bus company McGill’s Buses has ordered 26 Enviro200 single-decks as part of a £10.3million investment package. Owned by the Greenock-based Easdale brothers, the company says the new buses will be delivered by the end of March 2019 at a cost of £4.8million.

This order brings McGill’s total investment over the past 18 months to £10.3million, including a separate significant investment in IT, ticketing and electronic technology.

The order includes 11.5m buses which will have high-backed seats and will be fitted with USB charging ports.

All 26 buses will feature ADL’s SmartPack technology and are certified as Low Emission Buses by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and the Carbon Trust. The buses will be used across McGill’s Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and Glasgow networks and will be compliant with the requirements of Glasgow’s forthcoming Low Emissions Zone.

“We are delighted to support a Scottish bus manufacturer and my brother Sandy and I are particularly proud that we have done this deal entirely free of subsidies which is quite unusual in the current business climate,” says McGill’s chairman James Easdale.

“Given there is great uncertainty in the business environment at the moment, this is a strong commitment to the Scottish transport infrastructure as well as the economy at large.”

Ralph Roberts, managing director, McGill’s, adds: “Our Inverclyde and Renfrewshire routes will benefit from this £4.8million of investment and not only give our current customers an enhanced travel experience but hopefully tempt non-bus users to give the bus a try.”

ADL chief executive Colin Robertson says: “This deal will not only deliver benefits to passengers and residents across McGill’s operating areas in Renfrewshire and the West of Scotland, but it also helps us to retain skills and value in the Scottish economy.”