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03 August 2004
The Herald
Stagecoach purchases Motorvator

PERTH-based coach and train operator Stagecoach has bought out one of its main rivals on the Glasgow to Edinburgh run with the acquisition of privately-owned Motorvator.

The deal, said to be worth several hundred thousand pounds, is expected to be completed on September 6. That date will see Stagecoach take over operation of Motorvator's half-hourly bus service between the cities.

Through its wholly-owned megabus.com subsidiary, Stagecoach currently operates eight daily services along the M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow. These run about every one and three-quarter hours, compared to its largest rival, CityLink, whose buses run at a rate of about three per hour.

Motorvator was set up three years ago as a joint venture between Bruce Coaches and Long's Coaches of Salsburgh, on the outskirts of Glasgow. It employs 12 drivers.

Buses are expected to retain the Motorvator livery, although a spokesman for Stagecoach said a 'small proportion' of seats would be available to book over the megabus.com website. These seats will be available at the megabus price of 1 per single, plus 50p booking fee, while the standard Motorvator charge of 3.50 per single for a walk-on passenger will continue to apply.

The Stagecoach spokesman said he saw 'no reason' why the deal would be referred to competition authorities.

KRISTY DORSEY



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