Following the announcement that Glasgow CityBus would be withdrawing the 140/141 service, SPT has been working to make sure that socially necessary bus services are still available.
A number of options were explored to ensure that any gaps created in vital public transport links, as a result of this withdrawal, were filled. SPT took into consideration the wider public transport network and looked for solutions that would not only fill these gaps but would be sustainable and offer best value.
SPT Chair, Councillor Jim Coleman, said:
“Limited public funds means we cannot replace the service in its entirety but I’m delighted that SPT has been able to once again step in to find a solution. We can now at least guarantee that the travel needs of the local community are served and that we are using public funds efficiently and effectively. It is also great to see a commercial operator will deliver part of this service.”
SPT is in a difficult position, where there is increasing demand for bus subsidies but limited funds available. Working with Avondale Coaches, part of the service will be covered by a commercial operator between Parkhall and Clydebank, Monday to Saturday. In addition, changes have been made to the existing 184 SPT subsidised service, which will now serve parts of Whitecrook affected by the 140/141 withdrawal. Furthermore, SPT will provide transport links between Partick, Broomhill and Gartnavel Hospital, Monday to Saturday operated by Stagecoach Western Buses.