First Glasgow

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First Greater Glasgow
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Parent FirstGroup
Founded July 1998
Headquarters Glasgow
Locale Greater Glasgow
Service area
Service type Bus services
Routes 118
Fleet 882 (July 2014)
Website First Greater Glasgow

First Glasgow is the largest bus company serving the Greater Glasgow area in Scotland. It is a subsidiary of FirstGroup. The company operates within the area covered by the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, a public body responsible for helping to co-ordinate public transport services in the Greater Glasgow area.


UVG Urbanstar bodied Dennis Dart SLF in Glasgow in April 2008
Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 2 in Glasgow in July 2007

First Glasgow was created through FirstGroup's buyout of Strathclyde Buses (created from the former Greater Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive bus fleet, formerly the municipal Glasgow Corporation Transport), which had itself recently bought out the former Kelvin Central Buses (an amalgamation of Kelvin Scottish and Central Scottish, owned by the state-owned Scottish Bus Group).[1][2][3]

First Glasgow has two operator's licences:[4]

  • First Glasgow (No. 1) Limited[5] - the former Strathclyde Buses licence
  • First Glasgow (No. 2) Limited[6] - the former Kelvin Central Buses licence

Buses carry legal signwriting for First Glasgow Limited, despite of this having been a dormant company since at least 2008.[7]


First Glasgow mainly run services in Greater Glasgow and Lanarkshire areas of Strathclyde. However, some services do run outside of these areas. It was one of the first bus operators to introduce an "overground", a colour-coded set of bus routes with route branding on the bus exteriors and timetables. As of 2006, route branding has been removed from buses but remained on timetables until mid 2008. In May 2013 the company introduced a new network in Glasgow called SIMPLICITY


As at July 2014, the fleet consisted of 882 buses and coaches.[8]


First Glasgow currently operates out of Five depots:

In May 2013 Cumbernauld depot closed with staff, buses and services transferred to Larkfield, Parkhead and Blantyre depots.

Larkfield depot closed on 18 October 2014 with all staff, buses and services moving to a new purpose built depot on the site of the former Gushetfaulds railfreight terminal on nearby Cathcart Road.[9] The new depot and head office, known as Caledonia Depot opened on 14 October 2014.[10] It is the largest bus depot in the United Kingdom, with capacity for 450 Buses. It was officially opened by First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon on 12 December 2014.[11]

In January 2016 Parkhead Depot closed and services and drivers will transferred to the new Caledonia Depot on Cathcart Road.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Takeover nets bus workers £35,000 The Independent 10 May 1996
  2. ^ Bus takeover is finally cleared The Herald 1 August 1998
  3. ^ FirstBus Plc and SB Holdings Limited: A freport on the merger situation Competition Commission
  4. ^ About Us First Glasgow
  5. ^ Companies House extract company no SC097299 First Glasgow No 1 Limited formerly Strathclyde Buses Limited
  6. ^ Companies House extract company no SC127012 First Glasgow No 2 Limited formerly Kelvin Central Buses Limited
  7. ^ Companies House extract company no SC129033 First Glasgow Limited
  8. ^ FirstGroup Fleetlist Steve White
  9. ^ "First's new £20m Glasgow depot". Bus and Coach Buyer. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "First Glasgow - We've moved!". 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  11. ^ "First Minister Opens UK's Biggest Bus Depot in Glasgow" First Group 12 December 2014

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