Jo has slammed First Bus’s service alterations to a popular Bearsden route.
Bearsden residents contacted Jo after journey cuts and route changes introduced to the 118 bus in the New Year left them unable to make necessary trips, and caused problems for local businesses.
At a Bearsden care home, many employees working later shifts have found themselves without alternative means of travel to get home at the end of the day.
First Bus has withdrawn the 118′s Monday to Saturday evening journeys after around 7pm, along with all Sunday journeys. The frequency of the Saturday service has been reduced to one bus every hour.
Jo has written to First Bus asking them to reconsider changes to the service, and will also be seeking a meeting with Managing Director Ronnie Park.
Commenting, Jo said:
“First Bus must take on board the opposition in East Dunbartonshire to these changes to the 118 service. Many people in Bearsden are dependent on the route and have consequently been left stranded by the service alterations, preventing them from reaching hospital appointments, college or work.
“I have asked First Bus if they will look again at the 118 service. At a time when local businesses and organisations are doing their best to remain viable and retain employees, cutting off the community’s vital transport links is the last thing anyone needs.”
Notes to Editors
- The text of Jo’s letter to Mr Park is as follows:
Mr Ronnie Park Managing Director
197 Victoria Road
Our ref: KH/JS11969
24 January 2011
Dear Mr Park,
118 Bus Service.
The recent changes to the 118 bus service are causing a great deal of inconvenience for my constituents, and I would urge you to reconsider. I hope you will agree to meet with me and a group of affected residents to discuss the impact of the changes.
In particular, the withdrawal of evening services has created significant problems for people who rely on the 118 to travel home from work or college. The downgrading of the Saturday service and removal of the Sunday service are having an impact on the ability of older residents who use the bus to get out and about, and one college student has told me that, unless she finds an alternative, she will not be able to continue with her college course. I have also been contacted by representatives of two different sheltered housing complexes who are concerned about how this will affect elderly residents.
I appreciate your assistance in this matter, and my office will be in touch to arrange a meeting at your earliest convenience.
Jo Swinson MP