Fears that Cumbernauld bus route may be for the axe

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 11:52 on 1 September 2015


First Glasgow's closed Cumbernauld depot. Picture: courtesy of Bill Henry.

CUMBERNAULD may be set to lose another bus service this autumn, Cumbernauld Media can reveal today (1st September).

For the past two months discussions about transport locally have been rife with rumours that First Bus were looking to withdraw either part or all of their Cumbernauld services.

Formerly the dominant transport provider in Cumbernauld, First Bus started to feel the heat of competition when Stagecoach's x25 service hit the road.

As Stagecoach's quick and direct services to Glasgow grew in popularity, First Bus declared a raft of route changes, fare hikes and service cancellations, with the end result being the closure of the firm's Glencryan Road depot, in May 2013.

In March 2013, Ronnie Park the Managing Director of First Glasgow confirmed that First had "begun consultations with officials from Unite the Union regarding the proposed closure of our bus depot in Cumbernauld."

Mr Park said that First Glasgow would be "working closely" with trade unions in a bid to "avoid the need to make any compulsory redundancies" involving the some 185 staff who were employed at the firm's Cumbernauld base.

The closure of the depot on May 19th, 2013 sparked a long debate about the future of First Bus services in Cumbernauld, with a source at First Glasgow telling Cumbernauld Media last week that the x5 is seemingly coming up for its final run.

Speaking to Cumbernauld Media, the First Glasgow employee said he had learned of the proposals late last week, with a provisional date of cancellation apparently looming over the supposedly ill-fated x5 service.

Running between Abronhill and Glasgow's Buchanan Bus Station via Kildrum, North Carbrain and Condorrat, First Bus has reportedly set October 19th as the date when the x5 will be withdrawn, with a service "rebrand" expected to be announced to local routes thereafter, according to our source.

A spokesperson for First Glasgow remained coy as the whether the suggestions were correct, confirming only that “any changes will be communicated” soon.

“We continually monitor usage of our services across Glasgow and Lanarkshire and will adapt where necessary to ensure provision effectively meets demand,” the firm’s spokesperson explained.

They added: “Cumbernauld services are among those under review and any changes will be communicated in due course.”

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