Jackie Baillie waiting for a bus for Old Kilpatrick and Bowling.
By Democrat reporter
Commuters in Old Kilkpatrick and Bowling won their fight for a temporary bus service after interventions on their behalf from MSP Jackie Baillie and other politicians.
Network Rail is due to start bridge repair works in Old Kilpatrick resulting in the local road being closed, with both Old Kilpatrick and Bowling being without local bus services 1/A/B/E between Thursday 6th February to Monday 17th February.
Residents in Bowling contacted Jackie Baillie to express their frustration about not having a public bus service during the works and raised concerns about children getting to school.
SPT has now confirmed that funding has been agreed to provide a shuttle bus service that will operate for the duration of the forthcoming bridge works, that will connect residents with the affected First Bus services.
The shuttle bus service will be operated by First Glasgow on behalf of Transport Scotland between Roman Crescent, Old Kilpatrick via Dumbarton Road to Dalmuir at a 30 minute frequency during the period of disruption, permitting interchange with diverted services 1 A/B/E. First Glasgow has confirmed it will provide roadside and digital information updates to assist affected passengers.
Affected passengers may gather further information relating to both First Glasgow services 1 A/B/E and also the shuttle bus service at https://www.firstgroup.com/greater-glasgow
MSP Jackie Baillie said: “I welcome the news that SPT, Network Rail and Transport Scotland have come together, to look at the problem and have agreed funding to operate a shuttle service to ensure residents have access to bus services during the bridge works.
“While residents understood that the works being carried out by Network Rail need to happen, it was simply not acceptable for such a populated area to be left without a bus service as this would cause significant travel issues, particularly for those without access to their own transport.”