Driven round the bend by bus changes

First Bus in Kirkintilloch 27.6.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
First Bus in Kirkintilloch 27.6.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

UNEXPECTED service changes are catching bus users on the hop in Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch.

The Herald has been inundated with calls from frustrated public transport users who say numerous services have been changed and delayed.

Gerry Lynch, from Bishopbriggs, told the Herald: “The X86 is no longer coming through Bishopbriggs, which is a removal of service to the community.

“Bishopbriggs will no longer have any express buses supplied by First Glasgow - only local buses.

“Over the last year the services have been cut on every timetable change.”

Margaret Stewart, from the Woodhill area of Bishopbriggs, says bus users are up in arms about the latest changes.

Margaret said: “Recently, I waited for 30 minutes for what should be a 10 minute service, only to find out that some of the 45/45A services have been re-routed via Woodhill Road rather than via Angus Avenue.”

Meanwhile, Kirkintilloch bus users say they are equally fed-up.

Mrs Storer, from Kelvin Drive, said: “We used to have six buses coming down Glasgow Road, now we have two.

“They’ve all been diverted onto the by-pass. Lenzie now has all the buses and a train station and we’re left with greatly reduced services.”

A spokesperson for the First Group 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.

“As part of these changes, service X86 between Campsie Glen and Glasgow was withdrawn and was replaced by service 27B at peak times.

“However, customers in Bishopbriggs continue to be served by service 27A which follows the same route as the withdrawn X86 and operates throughout the day rather than only two journeys per day.

“A new X86 service was launched on the same day, which provides Kilsyth with an express service to Glasgow city centre, reducing the journey time by over 12 minutes.

“The route of service 45 has also been amended so that every second bus now operates via Woodhill Road with the alternate journey operating via Angus Avenue.

“This change was determined solely by our having to move the turning circle for this service following the closure of the Woodhill turning circle.

“The timetable, which can be downloaded from the First website at www.firstgroup.com/glasgow, details which journeys operate via these points.”