Transport plea at Stobhill Hospital

THERE were calls this week for public transport to the new Stobhill Hospital to be improved.

Concerns over access to the state-of-the-art hospital have been raised by Bishopbriggs Community Council.

Council members say it is impossible to get a bus directly to Stobhill from Bishopbriggs, and claim many patients and visitors face a 10 minute walk to get to the facility from the nearest bus stop.

Since it opened in May 2009, the new hospital has been plagued with parking problems.

The community council says there is a direct bus to the hospital from Springburn and wants a similar service to be introduced in Bishopbriggs.

A community council spokesperson said: "It is definitely something that is needed, there are currently neither direct nor sufficient buses to Stobhill from our area.

"Patients go to hospital because there is something wrong with them and they should not have to endure a long walk."

The spokesperson added: "People are happy with the service at Stobhill once they get there, but if they have trouble getting there and back then that is a serious problem.

"What use is a hospital if people can't get there?"

The community council now intends to write to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde about the issue.

A spokesperson for the health board said: "NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has no control over bus routes that pass near our sites, this comes under the remit of individual bus companies.

"We work closely with transport firms to monitor and survey changes in passenger requirements and this can lead to amendments to routes."

A spokesperson for Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) said: "Stobhill Hospital is well served by both subsidised and commercial bus services, including service 329 which terminates within the hospital grounds.

"Regular services to and from Bishopbriggs connect with service 329 on Balgrayhill Road.

"All buses on these routes are generally low floor, allowing easier access for elderly or disabled passengers.

"As such, SPT is unable to justify subsidising a separate direct bus service between the Bishopbriggs area and the hospital."