Scottish Conservative MSPs Liz Smith and Murdo Fraser have expressed their concerns at the announcement that Stagecoach’s main headquarters (HQ) could well be moved out of Perth.
The Mid Scotland and Fife politicians were reacting to the proposed merger of Stagecoach and National Express, which will see the new HQ be based in Birmingham despite the former company being created and established in the Fair City.
Commenting, Liz Smith MSP said: “I am concerned to hear that Perth will lose its Stagecoach headquarters. Perth has a very long association with the company going back to when Sir Brian Souter and his sister, Dame Ann Gloag, set it up in 1980, so this is a major loss.
“We will be asking Stagecoach for details on how many job losses there will be in Perth as a result of the loss of its headquarters and also for information on how many staff will be employed at the proposed new customer service centre.”
And Mr Fraser added: “I will be writing to the Chief Executive of Stagecoach to seek assurances regarding possible job losses. The loss of head office jobs in Perth is really disappointing and is a huge blow for the area.
“I will also be writing to ask for clarification from Stagecoach on how many jobs and what level they will be at the Dunkeld Road site in future. This will be a worrying time for many staff at Stagecoach.”