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Stagecoach: "no plans" to take over soon-to-be closed First Cumbernauld depot

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:52 GMT on Thursday, May 16th, 2013.

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FIRST Bus have announced that their Cumbernauld depot, in South Carbrain, will close on May 27th, 2013, as service changes by the transport operator also come into effect.

The closure of the depot has left many people assuming that with a stepped up service, and a new overnight service, to London, Stagecoach will fill the breach and open up a new Cumbernauld depot, as the firm continues to expand its Cumbernauld services, this year. 

First Glasgow announced in earlier March that it intended to close its Cumbernauld depot, on Glencryan Road; confirming on 5th March, to Cumbernauld Media that they had entered into consultation. 

At the time, 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.”

In addition to the statement, First Bus announced that the proposed closure date would be May 19th, 2013. 

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Talking to Cumbernauld Media, in March, Mr Park added:  "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.”

"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.   

Cumbernauld's X25 bus service to be increased. Picture is copyright of Stagecoach Group.

Following the publication of the article, it became clear that some local residents felt it accurate that Stagecoach was to take over the depot, as the firm increases its services in Cumbernauld.

However, Stagecoach has confirmed that the suggestions are in fact incorrect and that the firm have “no plans” to move into the depot. 

A spokeswoman for Stagecoach told Cumbernauld Media: "We have no plans to move into a depot in Cumbernauld. We have increased the frequency of our X25 service as well as expanding it to serve North Carbrain and, as previously announced, we are also launching a new overnight sleepercoach service this summer which will operate to London from 11 Scottish locations, including Cumbernauld. These services will be operated from our Blochairn depot in Glasgow.”

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