Bus service rides on . . . for the moment

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THE number 29 bus service has been given a short reprieve as Strathclyde Partnership for Transport approves temporary contracts to maintain transport links.

Last month, The Extra reported that First Glasgow planned to axe the service, which runs through Shawlands and Mansewood.

The decision was condemned by southside residents and politicians, who vowed to fight the decision to cancel what they consider a vital bus route.

Now, SPT has approved a number of short-term contracts for threatened routes, while long-term arrangements are sought.

The 29 service will become the 129, and as the temporary contract was awarded to First Glasgow, no further changes will be noticeable for now – the timetable also remains unchanged.

The contract runs from April 29 until July 14, and meanwhile SPT is set to negotiate further arrangements.

Chief executive Gordon Maclennan commented: “We know how important local bus services are to people in the communities they serve.

“I am delighted SPT has been able to keep these operating”.