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Axe to fall on Cumbernauld First Bus services on May 27th

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 16:19 GMT on Thursday, May 16th, 2013.

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First's South Carbrain depot. Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and is used on his courtesy. 

FIRST Bus have had a hard time providing services in Cumbernauld in the past few months, with fare rises, service cuts and the operator’s plans to close their Cumbernauld depot, on South Carbrain. 

In late March, First Glasgow announces a fares freeze. However, despite the freeze, a Child Single was reduced to 60p; numerous adult singles also went up in price, alongside FirstDay tickets, Young Scotcard Singles and Network Tickets. 

At the time, Ronnie Park, Managing Director of First Glasgow, said: "Despite rising costs and the ongoing challenging economy, we have been able to significantly reduce children's tickets and freeze many other ticket types in this fares review.” 

Although, Mr Park conceded some fares had to “unfortunately” be increased by an “absolute” minimum”.

He added: "Unfortunately however, we have had to increase some adult single fares, but I can assure customers that we've kept these to the absolute minimum.”

The announcement that some fares were to go up preceded news that First planned to slash the X4 and X80 services and stop the X3 running through Abronhill and Kildrum, running through Seafar instead. 

A First Glasgow spokesperson told us: “Service X3 will be revised to operate from Seafar to Town Centre then via current X3 route to Glasgow. Within Seafar on journeys to Glasgow, buses will operate in the opposite direction (clockwise) to the current X4 service and therefore passengers would board at what are currently towards Abronhill stops. 


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“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.

“There is no change to the route of service X5 but the timetable will be revised to operate every 30 minutes daytime with additional Monday to Friday peak hour journeys every 10 minutes. 

“Service X4 and X80 will no longer be operated by First with alternative buses for Seafar now provided by service X3.”

Announced in February, Ronnie Park, Managing Director of First Glasgow, said that the transport operator was “excited” to “improve the network in Glasgow”.

Talking in February, Mr Park said: "We're excited about our plans to improve the network in Glasgow, however, we want to ensure that customers share our enthusiasm. Therefore we began on Monday (18 February) a public consultation, we want anyone interested in bus services in Glasgow to engage with us and tell us what they think. That consultation, which will include customers, politicians, staff and other stakeholders, will help us shape our final plans."

Following the conclusion of the public consultation on 1st March First Bus began to engage with SPT before submitting plans to the Traffic Commissioner. 

In February First Glasgow suggested that their new network was expected to begin 12th May. However, the proposals are now likely to be implemented on 27th May.


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