Bus cuts are out of order

sandra gray angry at  the fact the buss services have been reduced. emma mitchell'24/6/11
sandra gray angry at the fact the buss services have been reduced. emma mitchell'24/6/11

A DISABLED resident has hit out at bus bosses for putting profits before people.

Sandra Gray (62), from Bishopbriggs, was shocked last week when she discovered that her normal half-hourly bus from Balmuildy Road to Kirkintilloch had been cut to an hourly service last week.

Sandra, who has cerebral palsy and suffers from osteoarthritis, said: “It’s not my fault that I was born with cerebral palsy and happen to live here.

“I walk with the help of crutches and orthopaedic boots so it takes me a while to get to the bus stop.

“Now if I miss the bus I have to stand for a whole hour or change bus at the retail park.

“Kirkintilloch is where I grew up so I like to visit regularly. I can’t believe they have just taken away this service without any warning.”

She added: “It’s not just me - there’s a lot of elderly and disabled people in this area who rely on that bus.”

A spokesperson for First Bus said: “Service changes in the Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch areas were brought into effect from Sunday, June 19, in line with other changes across Glasgow. “Changes were generally minor and new links were introduced in the area including a new express service from Kilsyth and an hourly service to and from Torrance.

“Service 27A now operates via Glasgow Road rather than Barmuildy Road which allows the service to extend into Torrance and offer a seven day service to this area.

This has resulted in a reduction in frequency of service from Barmuildy Road to hourly via service 27B.”