Cumbernauld to lose three bus services under new First proposals
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 17:58 GMT on Tuesday 19th February, 2013.
CUMBERNAULD’S bus services could be altered by this summer, as a new First Buses consultation gets underway into new services throughout the Greater Glasgow area.
The proposed changes are only to services run by First.
However, proposals include the dropping of the N36, X4 and X80 services.
The proposals were unveiled alongside a consultation into the launch of a new Glasgow bus service by the city’s largest operator. 
“We are pleased to unveil plans that will significantly improve and simplify First services across our Greater Glasgow network,” a spokesperson said.
The new consultation looks at the launch of a new high frequency SimpliCITY network serving key corridors and destinations throughout the city.
Designed to offer a simple, easy to understand network, the SimpliCITY will see many existing First services re-designed and re-numbered as part of this initiative. 
SimpliCITY services will operate every 10 minutes or better during the day with many routes enjoying buses every 5 minutes. Additionally, free Wi-Fi will become standard on SimpliCITY services, as First Glasgow announced that throughout 2013, around 300 of the operator’s buses will be Wi-Fi enabled. 
“These changes represent the biggest improvement to services in a number of years and we would like to give our customers, and anyone interested in bus services in Glasgow, the opportunity to comment on our plans,” the spokesperson added. 
Launched yesterday, the public consultation will give customers the opportunity to review and comment on the changes. 
As part of the local proposals, the X4 will be cancelled and the X3 will pick up the route; running between Cumbernauld (Seafar) – Town Centre – Craiglinn – Westfield – Moodiesburn – Muirhead – M80 Motorway – City Centre, meaning commuters in Seafar would have to board the Glasgow bound bus at their current to Abronhill stops. The frequency of service X3 will be revised to operate every 30 minutes daytime with additional Monday to Friday peak hour journeys every 15 minutes. 
First Buses also propose that the X5 service runs between Abronhill – Kildrum – North Carbrain – Greenfaulds – Condorrat – Mollinsburn – M80 Motorway – City Centre. Although there is no change to the route of service X5, the timetable will be revised to operate every 30 minutes daytime with additional Monday to Friday peak hour journeys every 10 minutes. The X80 is proposed to be dropped by First.
The consultation on the proposed changes will continue until Friday 1st March and following this, First Glasgow will engage with SPT before submitting final plans to the Traffic Commissioner.
The new network is expected to be introduced on Sunday 12th May and this information will be updated at the end of the consultation process, as plans change.
Anyone wishing to respond to the consultation can do so by emailing, or by writing to First, Service Change Consultation, 197 Victoria Road, Glasgow G42 7AD.
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