Wa­ter and bus boss es to face res­i­dents’ quiz

Evening Times - - NEWS - By CA­TRI­ONA STE­WART

SCOT­TISH Wa­ter and First Bus will be held to ac­count at a pub­lic meet­ing to­day.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor So­ryia Sid­dique in­vited both or­gan­i­sa­tions to talk to con­stituents after mul­ti­ple con­cerns were raised about traf­fic de­lays and bus routes.

Group South­side Con­nec­tions Se­nior Fo­rum had con­tacted the coun­cil­lor to ask for clar­ity on is­sues in the area.

Now they will quiz bosses di­rectly.

Dr Sid­dique said: “Con­stituents and South­side Con­nec­tions Se­nior Fo­rum have raised con­cerns re­gard­ing re-rout­ing of buses due to sewage pipe works be­ing car­ried out on Aiken­head Road, lack of bus ser­vices, bus stops and the rise in bus fares.

“I have re­quested First Bus and Scot­tish Wa­ter at­tend the com­mu­nity meet­ing to ad­dress com­mu­nity con­cerns and take ac­tions to im­prove lo­cal peo­ple’s travel jour­ney.”

Scot­tish Wa­ter has closed Aiken­head Road, in To­ry­glen, as the lat­est work on the Shield­hall Tun­nel up­grade is un­der­way.

The busy road closed in Jan­uary for five months and has meant the re-rout­ing of traf­fic, in­clud­ing lo­cal bus ser­vices.

Held at 10.30am to­day in Dixon Halls, Go­van­hill, lo­cal peo­ple will be l ooking for an­swers to prob­lems they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing with the changes.

Lo­cals said some buses that should be trav­el­ling along Cath­cart Road are fail­ing to do so.

They also claim there is a lack of bus stops, mak­ing travel less ac­ces­si­ble for the el­derly.

Some res­i­dents are hav­ing to first travel from Go­van­hill to Mount Florida to catch a bus into town. They will be ask­ing First Bus for a tem­po­rary bus stop on Cath­cart Road op­po­site Nut­berry Court to make travel eas­ier.

The meet­ing is open to every­one in the area who is af­fected by the travel changes.

Dr Sid­dique added that ques­tions will be asked about changes to bus fare prices as well.

Ruar­idh Mac­Gre­gor, Scot­tish Wa­ter Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Re­gional Man­ager, said: “I’m pleased to have been in­vited along to this pub­lic meet­ing.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to talk about the work Scot­tish Wa­ter is do­ing to tackle flood­ing in the area and im­prove the city’s sewer net­work.”

First Glas­gow con­firmed the at­ten­dance of one of their rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the meet­ing but de­clined to com­ment as a spokesman said the meet­ing would be led by Scot­tish Wa­ter.

Buses have been re-routed due to sewage pipe works on Aiken­head Road

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