FirstGroup Completes Acquisition of Laidlaw

    NAPERVILLE, ILL., October 1 /CNW/ - Laidlaw International, Inc. (NYSE:  LI)
today announced that FirstGroup plc completed its acquisition of Laidlaw on
October 1, 2007. On February 9, 2007, Laidlaw announced that the Company had
entered into a merger agreement with FirstGroup plc to acquire all outstanding
shares of Laidlaw for $35.25 per share.

    About Laidlaw International, Inc.

    Laidlaw International, Inc. is a holding company for North America's
largest providers of school and inter-city bus transport services and a
leading supplier of public transit services. The company's businesses operate
under the brands: Laidlaw Education Services, Greyhound Lines, Greyhound
Canada and Laidlaw Transit. For more information on Laidlaw, visit the

    About FirstGroup PLC

    FirstGroup plc is the UK's largest surface transportation company.
FirstGroup operates passenger and freight rail services in the UK. Its
passenger operations include regional, intercity and commuter services.
FirstGroup is also the UK's largest bus operator running more than one in five
of all local bus services. In North America, FirstGroup has three operating
divisions: yellow school buses (First Student), transit contracting and
management services (First Transit) and vehicle maintenance and ancillary
services (First Services). FirstGroup's shares trade on the London Stock
Exchange (LSE:FGP). For more information on FirstGroup, visit the website:

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For further information: FirstGroup Rachael Borthwick, 44 (0) 207 291
0508 Corporate Communications Director

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