The most profitable part of First Bus has been investing heavily in new and refurbished vehicles to comply with low emission standards and has added an array of route colours as part of its drive to deliver a better service. As ALAN MILLAR reports, it also has a competitive fight on its hands in eastern Scotland.

One of 106 Euro6 Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMCs delivered to First Glasgow in recent months, 33206 (SK68 LWU) climbs Menock Road, Croftfoot towards the southern end of cross-city route 75 (Milton-Castlemilk). It is one of 16 with HB suffixes to the fleetnumber to denote that it is a highbridge vehicle. PHIL HALEWOOD
Andrew Jarvis, managing director, First Scotland.

If FirstGroup sells its UK buses, the Scottish operations — principally those in and around Glasgow — will be among the most prized assets for a new owner.

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