Bus travellers face New Year disruption

duncan cummings
duncan cummings

BUS services in Bearsden are set for disruption in the New Year due to timetable changes.

First Bus intend to make alterations to the 118 service, claiming that it is no longer economically viable in its current form.

Bus bosses propose a major ‘timetable revision’, starting from January 8.

A First Bus spokesman confirmed: “We will only be operating peak time journeys of service 118, Mondays to Fridays, on a commercial basis.

“The existing Monday to Saturday evening journeys and all Sunday journeys that are operated on behalf of Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT), who underwrite the loss-making service, are unaffected by the proposals.”

The news came to light following a meeting between Independent Bearsden councillor Duncan Cumming and First Bus.

Councillor Cumming, right, said: “People resident in Bearsden have become increasingly concerned about the future of their bus services, and there have been many rumours circulating.

“In order to clarify the issue, I requested an urgent meeting with officials of First Bus. During a robust discussion with them at their head office in Govanhill, it was confirmed that the 118 service had operated at a very significant loss for many years, and in effect, was no longer viable in its current form, and therefore timetable reform had become necessary.”

Councillor Cumming said the proposed changes are designed to provide a more sustainable service level, whilst retaining most of the key links currently provided by the existing 118 service. First Bus emphasised that no changes are currently proposed to the 119 service.

During discussions, First Bus said that from January 8, every alternate journey of service number 11, currently operating between Robroyston and Clydebank, will now be diverted from Anniesland Cross to Baljaffray and vice versa, between off-peak periods during the day, so that travellers who would previously have been on the 118 service will continue to access and exit the city centre, albeit the journey will be longer and less direct, and there will be a change to the city centre boarding and alighting locations.

Councillor Cumming added: “The changes in the bus services to Bearsden in January are very complex, and may at times lead to some confusion.

“I can appreciate the anxiety engendered by the service alterations, and with this in mind, I have organised a public meeting to enable concerned residents to meet with officials of First Bus to voice their specific concerns, and to receive clarification of plans for bus services in the area.

“I have also sought assurances that the new timetables for services 118 and 11, along with the existing service 119, will be displayed on bus stops in a clear understandable manner, to avoid possible confusion”.

The meeting takes place in St Andrew’s Primary School on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7.30pm.