An Ayrshire stagecoach driver has died from COVID-19 as a number of his colleagues have also contracted the disease.

The Stagecoach West Scotland serves the whole of Ayrshire with depots in Brodick, Ardrossan, Kilmarnock, Ayr and Cumnock, but said that there is no evidence of workplace transmission.

The bus company said control measures have been put in place at the Kilmarnock depot where the outbreak has affected workers but it says the individual cases are not linked.

Chiefs paid tribute to Willie Wallace who passed away at the weekend after more than three decades with the company.

A spokesperson said: “The thoughts of everyone at Stagecoach are with the family and friends of our driver, Willie Wallace, who sadly passed away over the weekend.

“Willie, who started at Kilmarnock depot in 1987, was a well-loved and hugely popular driver at Kilmarnock depot, and had a pleasant word and a smile for everyone. 

“He leaves behind many friends at Stagecoach, as well as his beloved two daughters and four grandchildren and other family and friends. 

“We are doing all we can to support his loved ones at this time.”

The company said that strict protocols are in place to insure the safety and wellbeing of customers and employees.

A spokesperson said: "We are continuing extensive and ongoing communication with our employees and constructive engagement and relationship with our union representatives. 

“We will continue to follow all of the government and health organisation rules and guidance in place to manage the virus.”