Last bus of the day? Cumbernauld could lose its bus depot
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 18:39 GMT on Tuesday 5th March, 2013.
The depot in question, on Glencryan Road. Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and is used on his courtesy.

CUMBERNAULD could lose its bus depot as part of a major shake-up of local services, by First Bus.

First Bus, who are the town’s largest public transport provider, announced the launch of a consultation into services changes, last month; a consultation which closed on Friday.

Now though the bus operator says that they are consulting on proposals to close their Cumbernauld-based bus depot, located on Glencryan Road, in May.

Ronnie Park, Managing Director, First Glasgow said: "I can confirm that we have begun consultations with officials from Unite the Union regarding the proposed closure of our bus depot in Cumbernauld. 

"We will be working closely with the trade union to avoid the need to make any compulsory redundancies and I'm confident we will provide all staff the opportunity of transferring to other depots within First Glasgow.”

The date for the depot’s closure has been earmarked as May, 19th. 

"I appreciate this is disappointing news to our Cumbernauld based employees and I'd stress that this decision is by no means a reflection on the quality of staff.  Indeed given their commitment and dedication, I sincerely hope that our employees accept positions elsewhere within First Glasgow,” Mr Park added.

"Given the challenging economic conditions, we have looked at all aspects of our business to identify efficiencies.  Unfortunately, the closure of Cumbernauld is unavoidable.  The cost savings will be reinvested in the business and will help us improve bus services for our customers." 

First Glasgow employs 185 staff at its Cumbernauld depot; operating more than 950 buses across Greater Glasgow from seven depots - Larkfield, Scotstoun, Parkhead, Blantyre, Overtown, Cumbernauld and Dumbarton, employing around 2,730 staff.   

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