Shuttling along nicely

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Son of the founder and now company director Ross Granger with his pride and joy, a Mercedes-Benz Turas 900 series. Coaches and buses share the same depot – but adopt different branding. KEN MANN

A steep, pothole-peppered learning curve and emergency use of ‘reverse gear’ have featured in Shuttle Buses MD David Granger’s unwaveringly brave drive towards today’s successful and sustainable mid-sized transport enterprise, as he recounted to Ken Mann

A degree in transport management from Loughborough University and experience with a big operator headlined David Granger’s impressive, industry-specific CV 30 years ago. So, what could possibly go wrong when he launched his own bus business – Kilwinning, Ayrshire-based Shuttle Buses – back in a recently deregulated Scotland?

It was late 1989. He and his now deceased business partner Harry Hay were brimming with confidence and expectation with an imminent start to operations after the New Year. Despite their combination of relevant commercial savvy, depot experience and an operators’ licence, at the last minute neither of those upbeat emotions was to be rewarded with shared vision from financial backers. […]

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