SNP Duo Demand Answers on First Bus Changes

Stuart McDonald MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East and Constituency MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Jamie Hepburn and are working together to call First Bus to account for planned changes to local bus services.

Following the announcement that they plan to remove the X5 Abronhill to Glasgow service and alter the X3 service meaning that it will no longer stop in Seafar as part of its route. Both the MP and the MSP have now written to First seeking Mr McDonald has written to First seeking answers.

In addition to this Mr McDonald has also written to the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport to see what consideration can be given to providing support for a replacement services

It has also emerged that First will shortly be making an application to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) requesting a review of the current legal undertakings which apply to their bus services. It is unclear what implication any such review would have for the delivery of local bus services.

Mr Hepburn has also now written to the bus operators to seek clarity on their intentions for their future operation in light of their application for the above review.

Commenting on the matter, Mr McDonald said

 “I have written to First Bus asking for an explanation and calling on them to retain these services.

“If First do decide to press ahead with these changes then that will mean that both Seafar and Abronhill, as well as the wider local area, will be negatively effected by them.

“As such I have also now written to First and also to SPT to see what steps can be taken to find a replacement among other operators to ensure that locals are not left out.”

Mr Hepburn added:

“The public transport infrastructure in the local area is far from prefect and the changes being proposed would only make it more difficult for local residents.

“A number of people from across the local area have contacted me concerned about the impact of any removal of services.

“I am also concerned by the announcement that they are seeking a review of the restrains put on them by the CMA. Any change that will result in the removal or reduction of service must be vigorously opposed.”