Provost in terminus bust-up

A ROW has broken out over the re-siting of a bus terminus.

First Bus intends to change the start-point of its 119 service from Baljaffray Shopping Centre in Bearsden to a lay-by at the top of Castlemains Road in Milngavie’s Mains Estate as of Monday morning.

However, Provost Eric Gotts says the company has not consulted with the council over the move.

He says that people living in the area have “considerable misgivings” about road and pedestrian safety, noise and air pollution and privacy.

The Milngavie councillor has demanded an urgent meeting with First over the issue.

He said: “I believe the council should, if possible, withhold its consent for the change of use of this lay-by into a bus terminus and should invite representatives from the bus company to a meeting so that a more sensible solution can be found.

A spokeswoman for First Bus said: “We notified Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and we also posted details on our website and wrote to various stakeholders. We have also had some discussion with the council and Councillor Gotts on the matter.

“We tested this location and do not accept the road safety issues that have been suggested. We terminate services in identical lay-bys across our network without any particular problem and therefore do not see any reason why Castlemains should prove to be any different.

“We can assure residents that, when the changes are implemented, we will monitor our use of this location.”

Derek Cunningham, the council’s director of infrastructure, said: “We will also monitor the situation to ensure any issues around safety and environmental impact are properly managed as part of the service operation.”