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Englishmen get three top Scots bus jobs

4th October 1974, Page 21
4th October 1974
Page 21
Page 21, 4th October 1974 — Englishmen get three top Scots bus jobs
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from a special correspondent THREE OF the top jobs in the Scottish bus world have gone to Englishmen. The latest appointment — made last week — was that of Mr A. R. Westwell, to be director of public transport for the new Tayside regional council. Mr Westwell is currently chief engineer of the Greater Glasgow PTE. He will move to the Tayside authority, which will take over responsibility for the Dundee municipal fleet from May 16 next year, after his three months notice expires. His salary will he in the £8,223 8,553 range.

The Tayside appointment is the last to be made by the three new local authorities in Scotland, created by local Government reform there which is being implemented a year later than in England and Wales. As exclusively reported in CM last week, Mr Richard Bottrill was last week appointed director of public transport for the important Lothian authority, and Mr Tom Marsden, general manager at Aberdeen, has been appointed to a similar position with the Grampian council. These two authorities will respectively control the other two Scottish municipal fleets at Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Speculation must now grow about the likelihood of Englishmen taking over all the top jobs in Scottish road passenger transport with the appointment of a successor to Mr W. M. Little as md of the Scottish Transport Group. An STG spokesman could only say this week that the appointment was still in the hand of the MSL management consultants and no comment could be made.

While Scottish managers have been prevented from applying for similar posts in England, there seems to have been no bar to people from the South applying for these top Scottish jobs. As it happens, though, the three men appointed to the regional council posts have all been working in Scotland for some time.

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