CC Clears McGill’s/Arriva Scotland West Takeover

Jack Humphrey, Regulatory journalist
September 23, 2012 /

The Competition Commission (CC) has formally cleared McGill’s Bus Services Limited’s (McGill’s) completed acquisition of the Arriva Scotland West (ASW) local bus business.

This confirms the CC’s provisional findings, which were published last month.

McGill’s and ASW operated competing local bus services in Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and the west of Glasgow, including the town of Paisley.

The CC has concluded that without the acquisition, both McGill’s and ASW would have continued to provide services in the Renfrewshire area, but although they were each other’s closest rivals, in future competition between them would have reduced.

The CC also concluded that the threat of entry into the area by large bus operators located nearby will provide sufficient incentive for McGill’s to avoid reducing frequencies or increasing fares as a result of the acquisition.

 

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