On Friday 16 August, SPT’s Operations Committee agreed to award contracts for the provision of local services during the next three years.
SPT Operations Committee Chair, Denis McKenna said:
“Withdrawals by private bus operators have left gaps in services across Lanarkshire and although temporary contracts have been previously set up by SPT to safeguard the routes, I am delighted that we are now able to confirm a longer term solution.
“Many local people rely on these services and it is a huge concern – at a time when public funds are stretched to the limit – that a growing number of operators are continuing to disregard them as unattractive because of profit margins.”
The following two-year contracts were approved and will commence on 29 September 2013 until 11 July 2015:
JD Coaches was awarded a £125,000 contract for:
- service 343/346 Cumbernauld local services
Stuarts Coaches were awarded the £86,250 for:
- service 47 Carluke local
- service 135 Lanark local
In addition, Glasgow Citybus was awarded a three year contract worth £242,541 from 29 September 2013 to 16 July 2016 to operate:
- service 64/164 Glasgow-Parkhead-Carmyle-Halfway
- service 364 Newton Farm – Cambuslang-Parkhead
Timetable details for all bus services are available by telephoning Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 and at www.travelinescotland.com