CMA approves Lothian’s First Scotland East takeover

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The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the acquisition of the east coast operations of First Scotland East by East Coast Buses Ltd.

East Coast Buses is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lothian Buses Ltd. The CMA announced its decision on Monday, January 23.

Richard Hall, Managing Director of Lothian Buses, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the CMA decision.

“We know that thousands of residents, workers and the economy of East Lothian rely on public transport for their daily lives and well-being. East Coast Buses Ltd is now in a position to build on its original service offering and make further investment in its people.”