THE mum of a disabled girl has praised an on-demand bus service run by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).
Jacqueline Thomson’s 11-year-old daughter Miriam, who has autism, and the little girl’s gran, Hilda McCartney, are both regular users of SPT’s MyBus service which can now also be booked online.
The bus is for people who live in remote areas, have a disability or find accessing public transport difficult.
It must be pre-booked and picks users up from their home and returns them.
Jacqueline, from Milngavie, said: “SPT’s MyBus has hugely improved my daughter’s quality of life.
“It really helps us by taking her to the Allander sports centre for her swimming and dancing classes and is so much easier to book now I can do it online at my own convenience.
“My mum also uses MyBus and has done for a while but I didn’t realise until last year that children could use the service as well.
“Since then Miriam has been using it at least twice a week and she is really enjoying the benefits. We don’t know where we would be without it.”
SPT chairperson Jonathan Findlay and Keith Brown, Scotland’s minister for housing and transport, launched the new online service in George Square last week.
Mr Findlay said: “The web booking service really is a simple way to book this great door to door bus service.
“Getting around can be a real strain both financially and physically. MyBus is open to many people and customers might not realise that the service is not just for the elderly, or for those living in rural areas poorly served by public transport.
“It’s much more than that. If you have a temporary disability, like a broken leg, MyBus could be the answer for you and it’s only a click or a phone call away.”
Mr Brown added: “I was delighted to launch this new service which builds on the success of the current MyBus phone booking system.
“This is clearly a vital and successful initiative that is making a real difference by ensuring accessible services are available to the communities it serves.”
To register with the online booking service log on to hhtp://mybus.spt.co.uk:8080 and select the new user link. For more information phone MyBus on the general enquiry line on 0845 128 4025.