Cumbernauld's MSP raises his concerns over First's proposed services changes
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 20:56 GMT on Tuesday 26th February, 2013.
CUMBERNAULD’S bus services could be in for another shake-up by the town’s biggest operator, to criticisms by the town's MSP.
First Glasgow, part of the First Group announced, in early February the launch of a consultation into proposed service alterations throughout the Greater Glasgow area.
In their consultation document First Glasgow announced their intention to remove the direct Abronhill to Glasgow X4 and X80 express services.  Meanwhile, the X3 service would be extended to terminate in Seafar instead of the town centre; and, the morning and evening service to Carrickstone will stop.
As part of the proposals, Kilsyth would lose the daytime Glasgow express service provided by the X86 bus, although this may be offset by a welcome increase in the regularity of the new 89 service in the area.
Now, though, Jamie Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, has raised his concerns over First Glasgow’s plans for changes to bus services in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and for the future of the First bus depot in Carbrain.
Commenting Mr Hepburn said: “I am concerned by First Glasgow’s proposals and any plans that could result in a reduction in transport links to and from Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.  On Friday I met management representatives from First Glasgow, in a full and frank discussion I advised them of my concerns.
The First Glasgow consultation closes for email or postal submissions on Friday 1st March 2013 and is available on the First Glasgow website.
"While I understand that First Group’s services to Cumbernauld and Kilsyth run at a financial loss and accept the difficulties this confers on them as a company, I am disappointed that the proposals could mean a reduction in the First Group provision.  The effect will be the reduction in an already inadequate overall bus network by all transport providers for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth,” the MSP added.
"Equally concerning is to hear that the future of the First depot in Carbrain is under review.  Despite assurances of no compulsory job losses the potential relocation of this part of the First Glasgow operational infrastructure from the town is unwelcome.
“I will be making a submission before the 1st March deadline to the First Glasgow consultation and advise all concerned residents in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth to do likewise.”
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