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Stagecoach bid to halt new bus regulation.

Byline: DAVID CLEGG d.clegg@dailyrecord.co.uk

TRANSPORT giants Stagecoach are also trying to block better regulation of Scotland's buses.

Labour MSP Iain Gray is hoping to give councils power to protect routes which are unattractive to private firms.

His proposed private Bill would allow profitable and loss-making routes to be bundled together and offered as a package for which operators can bid.

It also provides for fines if firms subsequently drop unprofitable services.

But Edward Hodgson, boss of Stagecoach West Scotland, said re-regulating the bus industry in Scotland would set services back 30 years.

He claimed the scheme "could destroy successful businesses, would offer no protection to job security, pay and pensions, and would shake shareholder confidence".

Gray said: "It comes as no surprise that private operators aren't keen on local authorities having a say - but all the companies want more public funding. They cannot get that unless we get more say on how services are run."

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