Bus ser­vices se­cured

Con­tract awarded

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Res­i­dents in Fern­hill are breath­ing a sigh of re­lief af­ter it was an­nounced their life­line bus ser­vice is se­cure for an­other two years.

There were fears in the com­mu­nity that the num­ber 14 was set to be scrapped.

But SPT have con­firmed a new con­tract to run the ser­vice has been awarded to McGill’s, who will take over the ser­vice on July 17.

The 14 links Fern­hill with Burn­side, Ruther­glen and, cru­cially, the pri­mary care cen­tre on Stonelaw Road.

Users had been con­cerned the con­tract would not be re­newed but McGill’s of­fered £ 76,400 to run the ser­vice un­til July 14, 2018, the equiv­a­lent of £ 38,200 per year.

The 14 was one of four vi­tal bus links in the lo­cal area that were se­cured at SPT’s op­er­at­ing com­mit­tee last week.

Also run­ning un­til July 2018 is the 165, which pro­vides an hourly ser­vice, Mon­day to Satur­day evening and all day Sun­day, be­tween Ruther­glen and Cairns via Cathkin.

Again, McGill’s will take over the ser­vice with the con­tract worth £110,000 over the two years.

McGill’s will also run the 172, which runs hourly, Mon­day to Satur­day, be­tween Half­way and East Kil­bride, via Cam­bus­lang.

The £169,320 con­tract will run from July 17, 2016 un­til July 10, 2021.

The vi­tal M2 and 74 ser­vices pro­vide a ser­vice be­tween To­ry­glen and Croft­foot as the M2 and To­ry­glen and Castlemilk as the 74.

The hourly day­time ser­vices will con­tinue un­til at least July 10, 2021 with First Bus pick­ing up the con­tract for £141,960.

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