Cumbernauld's MSP responds to First Buses' consultation
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 18:53 GMT on Tuesday 5th March, 2013.
First could close their Cumbernauld depot as part of a service shake-up. Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and used on his courtesy.

CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn has submitted his response to the First Glasgow consultation on their proposals for changes to the bus network.

First Glasgow launched the consultation to their ‘Simplicity’ proposals on 25th February, inviting all stakeholders to contribute to the process by Friday.  The intention by First Glasgow is to significantly improve and simplify the bus network and persuade more people to use the buses more frequently.

Mr Hepburn has raised his concerns over, firstly, how these changes will affect bus users in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and, secondly, over the future of the First bus depot in Cumbernauld - which is currently under review.

The town's MSP, Jamie Hepburn.

Commenting on his submission Mr Hepburn said: “In my response I make clear that, despite having some sympathy for First Glasgow’s commercial position, in so far as their services to Cumbernauld and Kilsyth operate at a financial loss, I am concerned that the proposal will have the opposite effect to that intended.

“I fear that the proposals could make bus travel more difficult for residents of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, particularly those living further away from the main bus routes and for residents travelling outwith peak times.

“I urge First Glasgow to ensure any changes to services in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth have as minimal negative impact, by way of reduced frequency or reduced area covered, as possible.”

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