Bus services – important announcement.

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The Land and Environmental Services division of Glasgow City Council have identified that maybe all is not perfect with the provision of Bus Services within the Glasgow locality.  They have announced a consultation process regarding this – the deadline for you to reply to this is 1st MAY, 2016. So – you have only a couple of weeks to make your views known.

In their e-mail they say –

“Following on from the Councillor Workshop that was held on 26 February 2016 the public element of the consultation has now commenced and feedback is welcomed until 1 May 2016.  The feedback from the Consultation will then be presented to the Sustainability & Environment Policy and Development Committee.

Background

Bus services in Glasgow are provided by commercial companies as part of a deregulated market set up following implementation of the Transport Act 1985 in October 1986. This means that in many cases, if a service is not commercially viable the bus operator will no longer operate it. SPT has limited funding that can be used to subsidise services that meet certain criteria in terms of providing a social need. However with the current legislative arrangements, important gaps in the availability of bus services to the people of Glasgow can occur.

Glasgow City Council are undertaking a community engagement exercise to assess the gaps in Glasgow’s bus network. This will provide us with an indication of areas where lack of access to public transport is affecting people’s ability to access employment, education, social or other activities.

What do we want to know?

We want to know what people think of the current level of bus provision in their local area. Do bus routes go to where they need them to, if not, where would they like buses to go to/from?  Is the service frequency suitable? Do their local services allow them to get to work, schools, the shops etc? 

How can people have their say? 

An online consultation hub has been established to provide a forum for people to have their say on how the availability or otherwise of local bus services in the area affects their day-to-day lives. The online consultation can be accessed  here

https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx?strTab=PublicDMartCurrent&NoIP=1

and it will remain open until 1 May 2016.”

A series of public consultation drop-in events are also being held in areas across the city. These will provide local people with the opportunity to come along and talk to staff about the current level of bus service provision and how it affects their lives.  The event details are listed below: You will note that our nearest location is probably Drumchapel but there is one in the city centre at St. Enoch shopping Centre.

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THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE YOUR FEELINGS KNOWN ABOUT THE PROVISION OF BUS SERVICES IN KELVINDALE.  WITH THE CURRENT 6 MONTH CURTAILMENT OF REGULAR RAIL SERVICES FROM OUR STATION WE ARE SURE THAT PASSENGERS WHO ARE HAVING TO TURN TO OUR BUS SERVICE WILL ALSO HAVE AN OPINION. WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT NOT ONLY ARE BUS SERVICES AVAILABLE DURING THE EVENINGS BUT THAT DIRECT SERVICES FROM THE AREA TO THE NEW SOUTHERN GENERAL HOSPITAL ARE ALSO MAINTAINED.

 

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