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Community of Cumbernauld invited to public meeting over First service changes

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:05 GMT on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013.

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First closed their Cumbernauld depot amid local anger. Picture is courtesy of Bill Henry.

CUMBERNAULD residents have been invited to a public meeting, which will focus on the controversial shake-up of local bus services.

The meeting was organised by Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’s Labour Member of Parliament, Gregg McClymont, and follows a shake-up of bus services by First Glasgow, last month, which saw the X4 and X80 services cut, with the X3 diverted to cover Seafar and Ravenswood; missing out Kildrum, whilst the X5 stayed on its old route, with an increased services.

This Friday, though, locals will be able to meet Mr McClymont and Central Scotland MSP Mark Griffin and former Scottish Labour Iain Gray, to discuss how the community can attempt to save the buses.

The meeting will take place this Friday (14th June) from 6 – 7.30pm at Broadwood Stadium’s Westfield Suite, and will centre around Mr Gray’s Bus Regulation Bill; calling on the Scottish Government to protect vital routes and strengthen regulation in the Scottish bus industry.

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Before the meeting, however, local MP McClymont announced that First Bus declined an invitation to send a representative to the meeting, although the transport operator have agreed to meet Mr McClymont and Central region MSP Mark Griffin, separately later this month.

Commenting, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East MP, Mr MrClymont said public is a big issue locally, and stressed his encouragement for any concerned locals to attend.

Gregg said: “Public transport is an issue which comes up time and time again on the doorstep so I would encourage all concerned constituent s to come along on Friday.”

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