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Cumbernauld activists welcome Stagecoach service beef-up, with a pinch of salt

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:24 GMT on Thursday, May 16th, 2013.

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Cumbernauld's X25. Picture is copyright of Stagecoach Group.

CUMBERNAULD commuters, although soon to see a reduced service from First, will also soon seen Stagecoach improve their local services. 

First Glasgow’s service changes, from 27th May, will see the cancellation of the X4 and X80 services, and the redirection of the X3 service through Seafar, missing out Abronhill and Kildrum. 

From the same day, however, Stagecoach will introduce the X25a service, which will run through North Carbrain; and beef up their X25 service.

In addition to their X25 improvements and X25a introduction, Stagecoach will also send their overnight service, to London, via Cumbernauld, from summer. 

Between Monday and Saturday, the X25 service will operate on a 15 minute basis and the X25a service will operate every 30 minutes.

The Perth-based transport operator’s service increase is an apparent reaction to First Buses’ scale back of Cumbernauld services – a scale back which Stagecoach is taking a business advantage of.

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Stagecoach has since published their new service timetable – which has been warmly received by two campaigners. 

Talking to the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle, Andrew Stephen of the Cumbernauld Commuters Association described the service beef-up as a “welcome initiative”. 

He said: “It’s a most welcome initiative from Stagecoach which has taken up the challenge following First’s controversial reduction in Cumbernauld.

“Stagecoach obviously realises the market potential in Cumbernauld or would not otherwise be filling the gap.”

Cumbernauld Community Forum Chair, Billy Lees, has also welcomed Stagecoach’s service improvements. Mr Lees told the Cumbernauld News that he was “delighted” by the announcement.

He said: “I am delighted to head about this as obviously a gap needed to be filled. However, I would urge Stagecoach to get involved with providing even better services from Craigmarloch and to Monklands Hospital.” 

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