Service with a smile - new bus route launched in Bearsden and Milngavie

COMMUTERS in Milngavie and Bearsden will be thrilled to hear that a new bus service is going to start running from this month.

Independent Bearsden councillor Duncan Cumming has campaigned for the 118A Firstbus service for many years and he welcomed the news this week that it’s going to be replaced by an improved service - a number 15 bus from Milngavie train station, through Bearsden to Anniesland.

The route then goes through Anniesland Cross to pass Gartnavel Hospital, through the west end past Glasgow University to the city centre of Glasgow.

Last year Councillor Cumming delivered a petition with over 1,600 signatures in person to the private office of Alex Salmond in Edinburgh which asked him to put pressure on SPT to award a new subsidised contract to Glasgow citybus until 2014 to secure the future of the 118A.

He also met Keith Brown, the minister for transport in Edinburgh.

At the time the councillor welcomed the financial subsidy support from SPT to this service but he continued to campaign for the service to pass Gartnavel Hospital into the city centre, through the west end and Glasgow University, with increased frequencies at peak periods.

Mr Cumming said: “This service will really mean a lot to many people who previously felt a bit stranded in parts of the area.

“I am absolutely thrilled that the relevant stakeholders have listened to the further representations that I have made on behalf of my constituents.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support for my campaign to improve local transport.

“I’m also grateful to SPT for their continuing generous financial support in subsidising the route to Anniesland.

“Thanks are also due to Glasgow Citybus for making the commercial decision to run this bus beyond Anniesland Cross and then on to the city centre.”

From Monday, May 20 the Glasgow Citybus Service Number 118A will change to service number 15.

For more information including a route planner and timetable visit the Citybus website www.glasgowcitybus.co.uk or phone 0141 954 2255.