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Cumbernauld residents say bus regulation is needed again

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 16:34 GMT on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013.

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First closed their Cumbernauld garage as service changes came into effect. Picture is courtesy of Bill Henry.

TWO weeks ago Cumbernauld residents were invited to a meeting regarding service changes to local bus services, and the scale-back of First’s Cumbernauld operations, in particular.

Today, however, the man behind the meeting’s organisation – Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East MP, Gregg McClymont, has said that the meeting’s main result had seen attendees demand that bus services are regulated, again.

The Labour Member of Parliament for Cumbernauld said that irate residents showed up to the meeting in a bid to demand that bus services were re-regulated after First increased fares and stopped their X80 and X4 services, overhauled the X3’s route and closed their South Carbrain garage.

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Meeting was held at Broadwood Stadium. Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

Residents from Blackwood, Balloch, Craigmarloch, Carrickstone and Seafar all crammed into Broadwood Stadium to explain how the lack of a decent bus service affects their everyday lives, with the main result being an indictment of former Labour leader, Iain Gray MSP's Bus Regulation Bill.

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East MP, Gregg McClymont.

Commenting, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East MP, Gregg McClymont MP said: “Person after person stood up to explain how thwir life was being affected by the lack of buses to get to work, to get to twon and even to get around Cumbernauld. Not everyone has a car or can afford one.

“Everyone present agreed that Iain Gray’s Bill, while not a quick fix, would help to address the problem in the long term.”

“If you would like to add your voice to the campaign then please contact me on 457788 to tell me how poor bus services are affecting your everyday life. I have arranged a meeting with First Bus on Friday and I will be making it clear that Cumbernauld residents are fed up of inadequate services.”

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