FEARS have been raised for jobs at McGill's after it emerged the bus firm is on the verge of closing their Barrhead depot. 

Documents shown to our sister title, the Evening Times, suggest chiefs of the Greenock based firm are set to shut their Barrhead centre with redundancies expected. 

Staff at the East Renfrewshire depot would likely be moved onto bases in Johnstone, Greenock, Inchinnan and Coatbridge, but some will lose their jobs.

McGill's bosses also set out plans to cease head office functions at their Inchinnan depot with staff being relocated to Greenock. 

According to the letter sent out to staff, bus bosses are confident 85 per cent of staff will be relocated and the rest may be made redundant. 

In the letter, McGill's state: "The companies are not exempt from market forces and when significant revenue reductions take place, savings must be found to balance the books."

The document also revealed the Barrhead depot is in need of significant investment. 

It continues: "We are acutely aware of the impact this would have on the business, but we believe that approximately 85 per cent of staff would be offered new roles and relocated to other locations.

"In the event there is no alternative role that could be offered, redundancies may be made." 

McGill's chiefs confirmed that they are considering closing the depot. 

Ralph Roberts, managing director, said: "It is with regret that we are considering the closure of our Barrhead depot. 

"Falling bus use locally, and all across the U.K. is causing bus companies everywhere to find ways of delivering services with significantly reduced revenues.

"Additionally, higher costs due to congestion and new regulatory burdens are eating into those reduced revenues. This depot closure consultation is a result of a business wide review that will also involve the cancellation of routes." 

It's not the first time the transport provider has come under fire for a message relayed to staff via letters. 

In September, staff were told that ongoing issues with fares on the company's ticketing app were affecting profit margins.

According to the company's managing director, Ralph Roberts, McGill's experienced a fall in revenue due to adults falsely buying child tickets.

Bosses also revealed that ticket fraud was the reason that a pay rise was not awarded to staff in the summer of 2018, despite drivers not directly dispensing these tickets to customers.

In a letter to all drivers, he added that it was now down to staff to properly police buying of tickets on the app