Anne McTaggart MSP congratulated constituents in the areas of Knightswood and Yoker in Glasgow for standing up for their number 11 bus service.
First Bus Glasgow had proposed to scrap the number 11 service as part of their “SimpliCITY” plan to streamline the network, in what has been heralded as “the biggest shake–up of buses in Glasgow since the late 1990s”. Ms McTaggart lodged a formal complaint with First Bus about the proposal.
However, following pressure from the public and elected members, First Bus now plans to “partially replace the service using smaller buses to operate between Clydebank and Gartnavel Hospital” Managing Director Ronnie Park wrote in a letter of response to Ms McTaggart’s complaint.
Mr Park added: “The replacement service 11 would start later than at present (at around 07.00) and it would be our intention to operate the service every 30 minutes Monday to Friday and hourly on Saturdays on an experimental basis to gauge passenger usage. The evening and Sunday operation is currently subsidised and SPT are considering what changes would need to be made to their service provision to tie in with our overall package of revisions.”
Anne McTaggart said: “I’m delighted that First Bus has made this U-turn on their decision to scrap the number 11 service in its entirety.
“Many constituents contacted me explaining how important the bus was in going about their daily lives, so I lodged a formal complaint and encouraged those affected to do so too.
“In future I hope First Bus Glasgow put more thought into how their proposals will impact on the people of Glasgow, but for now I’m glad that those affected are being listened to.”
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