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All change for SBG companies
ALL SEVEN existing Scottish Bus Group operating companies are to have their legal names changed to bring them into line with their trading names.
The Fife, Midland, Northern, Central, Eastern, Highland and Western companies will become Fife Scottish, etc, in time for the formation of the four new companies next summer (CM, October 20) when SBG's devolved management structure is implemented.
General areas to be covered by the four new companies have been agreed, although the final detail has to be tidied up in some cases.
Clydeside Scottish will take over the Glasgow, Paisley, Greenock and Bute services of Western Scottish. Kelvin Scottish will take over the Cumbernauld and Glasgow area services of Midland Scottish and the Dunbartonshire services of Central Scottish.
Lowland Scottish will run Eastern's East Lothian and Borders services. Strathtay Scottish will run the Midland and Northern Scottish services in Tayside Region.
Other changes will transfer Eastern's Lanarkshire services to Central, and its Linlithgowarea services to Midland. Highland is to lose its Oban services to another company, possibly Midland.
• The restructure of services around Glasgow is seen by many as SBG preparation for an assault on Strathclyde PTE's services once deregulation takes effect.
Even before then, a major traffic court battle is scheduled for the end of this month, when counter applications by SPTE and Central Scottish are being heard for services into each others' territory. SPTE wants to serve more parts of East Kilbride and parts of Lanarkshire, while Central plans routes through Glasgow suburbs.