Bus service under threat

SOUTHSIDERS are concerned about local transport options after First Bus revealed plans to withdraw a vital bus service from the community.

Glasgow Cathcart MSP, James Dornan, is hosting a public meeting in his constituency following the news about axing the local 29 bus service as of April 29 this year.

The public meeting will take place tonight at 7.30pm in Tinto primary school and two representatives from First Glasgow will be in attendance to answer the public’s concerns.

The MSP’s decision to host the meeting follows a number of calls from members of the local community.

James Dornan told The Extra: “I am hugely disappointed in First bus for withdrawing this service without any consultation with the local community or passengers.

“If this goes ahead, and I will fight to ensure that it does not, then this will be devastating for the communities of Hillpark and Mansewood.

“Many of the residents here are elderly people or people with children who don’t have cars, and the local bus service is all they have to get them to the doctors, the post office and out shopping.

“I appreciate that First Glasgow, like every other company, is struggling with the high cost of fuel against a tough economic backdrop, but cutting off vital services to some of the most needy communities in Glasgow is not the way to respond to it”.

Meanwhile, city council leader Gordon Matheson today announced that he is convening an emergency summit on changes bus services in Glasgow.

The Labour man has called for changes to bus services to be put on ice.

He said: “Our buses are incredibly important, and they are under threat.

“Overnight, the SNP have changed the support they give to local bus companies.

“The effect is chilling and instant: price rises on the cards, and services being axed right now. This isn’t an idle threat.

“This is happening right now. We need bus companies to work for the people they serve, with proper regulation and fair funding”.