Last week, The Extra revealed First Bus plans to cut services from Newton Mearns and Eaglesham – much to the dismay of locals.
The old 44 bus will be rebranded as a 4/4A service, with reduced buses during off-peak hours in an area already poorly served by public transport.
The Extra took to the Avenue shopping centre in Newton Mearns to find out how southsiders rated public transport in their area — if they use it at all.
John Lamb, a 71-year-old from Newton Mearns, sympathises with the company’s decision to cut the 44 service.
He said: “It’s all about economics, if it was making money and more people were using it, they wouldn’t have cut it.
“The bus between Newton Mearns and the city centre is far more convenient than driving and as long as you keep up with the timetable then it’s a very useful service.”
George Forbes, a retired bus driver from Newton Mearns, believes there is “no need” for him to bother with trains or buses.
The 57-year-old told The Extra: “I just find my car more convenient when travelling anywhere from Newton Mearns.
“I drive — I would always choose that option. Whenever I use the bus it is always good, it’s just quicker and easier to drive.”
John Cardle (72) prefers to use trains than buses.
The Clarkston man commented: “Trains are far quicker and there are fewer stops. The service from Clarkston is ideal for getting into town; it’s fast and easy. Bus routes are a lot more cumbersome.”
Southsiders Gerard and Rose Campbell — shopping with grandson Aidan (7) — can’t be convinced to use public transport.
Gerard (65) said: “We don’t use it at all, we drive everywhere. Buses are far too unreliable and convenience is most important to us.”
Lynsey Montgomery, with 18-month-old Daisy, believes it isn’t practical for her to use public transport.
The 31-year-old told The Extra: “I have two small children so it is near impossible to bring buggies on and off — it’s far too much hassle.”