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I wish to update you on the current situation regarding bus routes serving Kelvindale. The new M4 service is clearly of little benefit, but following the representations both myself and Cllr Letford have made on behalf of constituents, First Glasgow have now put two options on the table to reconfigure the route to be served by the M4.

Following our suggestions, the new route proposed through Hyndland, Byres Road and on to either Glasgow University or Partick, would appear to better reflect the needs of local travellers compared to the current flawed M4 service.

I give a cautious welcome to First Glasgow's response. I would be keen to know your views on the proposed routes, and will use these to inform my response to First Glasgow. I have therefore made the response from First Glasgow including route maps and proposed timetables available below.
 
I do have concerns over the proposed hourly frequency. There may also be a missed opportunity to connect any new service to the new health centre and the shopping centre in Maryhill.

In addition to any comments you wish to make just now, I intend conducting a major parliamentary consultation with Kelvindale residents to get your views, and will be pleased to discuss the matter further with First Glasgow.

 

Response from First Glasgow

  • Links to proposed route map and timetable options contained within the text.

 

From: Paul Coupar
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Cc: "John Elliot", "Chris Carberry", "Michael McGlinchey"
Subject: M4 Route & Timetable Alternatives

All

Further to recent correspondence and meetings regarding the changes to the 4A service in the Kelvindale area.

What was clear within this discussion was that there was a feeling that the M4 link onto the rest of the network may not offer the best use of  resource and we undertook to present some alternatives, using that same resource.

I‘ve attached two options that our Network Planners have brought together taking into account the range of comments made on behalf of the local bus users. We are happy to register and operate either one of these alternatives and invite your comments and your preference.

It is important that we again re-emphasise that the provision of bus services is very heavily reliant on passenger demand. Our recent changes in the Kelvindale area resulted from falling demand, possibly related to the rail alternative. We will review this service again in six months and are happy to provide you with passenger numbers during this period.  A ‘use it or lose it’ message needs to be clearly understood, as there appears to be confusion surrounding the funding of bus services.

Another factor for consideration is that we will require support from both SPT and the Traffic Commissioner if we are to amend this service within 90 days of the change (on 23rd October).  We will obviously seek that support, but the decision on start date would not be ours.

Option 1 – Anniesland – Kelvindale – Hyndland Road – Byres Road – Partick Interchange
              This timetable can be provided on an hourly basis during the day but due to increased peak journey times, the timetable at peaks is less consistent.

Option 2 – Anniesland – Kelvindale – Hyndland Road – University Avenue
              This timetable can be provided on an hourly basis during the day but due to increased peak journey times, the timetable at peaks is less consistent.

I look forward to receiving your comments.

Regards

Paul

 

Paul CouparHead of Commercial
First Glasgow (Interim)

First  ¦ 100 Cathcart Road  ¦  Glasgow  ¦  G42 7BH

 

Response from First Group MD

A separate response has been received from First Group Managing Director (UK Bus) Giles Fearnley to specific representations previously made to him. Despite being received after the First Glasgow response this does not mention the alternative routes being considered but instead defends First Group's reasoning for service reductions.

 

Have your say

First Glasgow have asked for my views on the above proposals. However it is the views of the local residents which matter most, so I would like to knbow if you have a preference between the two options, or if there are further alternatives, such as terminating at Maryhill Road instead of Anniesland, which would be of greater use to you.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your comments, or alternatively use the contact form on this website.

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