Press comment from Fiona Hyslop MSP following McGill’s Announcement:

“As the local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, I was shocked to hear McGill’s announce that they will cease all bus services in West Lothian from 4th December.

“I understand that this means that all their commercial bus routes will cease from this date and that McGill’s will not run any commercial bus services in West Lothian.

“These bus services provide essential transport links for my Constituents across West Lothian, and I am very concerned by this announcement from McGill’s.

“While I am aware that there are several historic issues with bus services in West Lothian including driver shortages and a gradual decline in passenger numbers.

“However, when I met McGill’s after their takeover of services from First Bus in December 2022, they advised of their plans to stabilise bus services in West Lothian. These plans included employing more drivers and ensuring reliable services that are needed by locals.

“I appreciate the pressures McGill’s took on when they took over services from First Bus, however, their announcement this week is very disappointing.

“I have requested an urgent meeting with McGill’s to discuss their announcement further.”