We’ve just heard from Alex Scott, Bus Services Manager at SPT, that the evening and Sunday bus services on the old no.11 route are to be restored from 29 September. Thanks to everyone who came to meetings and campaigned in many different ways!
Here’s an extract from his email:
We have carried out fresh tendering exercises for both the evening and Sunday elements of the service and, in this, First Glasgow has submitted a tender which replicates the previous evening service level and provides through-journeys into the city centre.Henderson Travel submitted the winning tender for the Sunday element. Both of these contracts will be awarded and the changes will take effect on 29 September, to allow for registration procedures and the necessary drivers’ duty changes within the respective companies.
To comply with EU procurement regulations, these contracts are, of necessity, temporary and will operate until December of this year whilst a formal tendering process takes place to establish a long-term contract.
In the tenders for the long-term, we look forward to companies exhibiting the same degree of restraint in tender prices which has allowed us – in these difficult budgetary times – to reinstate in this instance the previous level of service and I am sure you will join with me in expressing the hope that the area does not see further reductions in commercial bus services which would inevitably jeopardise this attempt to meet the aspirations of the community in Kelvindale.