Bus changes will cut jour­ney times

Vil­lagers win their fight for di­rect links to Stir­ling

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Marzella

Two re­vamped bus routes be­tween Stir­ling and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties are to be launched in the new year.

The C11 and C12 buses ser­vices will run on the re­drawn routes from Mon­day, Jan­uary 7.

The C11 runs from Aber­foyle via Cam­bus­bar­ron to Stir­ling while the C12 bus ser­vice runs in the evening from Bal­fron via Kip­pen, Gar­gun­nock and Cam­bus­bar­ron to Stir­ling.

Both ser­vices are op­er­ated by First Mid­land Blue­bird, sub­sidised by Stir­ling Coun­cil.

Feed­back from ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties re­vealed that there was a de­mand for the C11 route to be re­viewed to pro­vide a di­rect ser­vice to Forth Val­ley Col­lege and the city cen­tre and a link to the com­mu­nity hospi­tal from Cam­bus­bar­ron.

Pas­sen­gers also re­quested that the C12 be looked at to pro­vide a di­rect ser­vice to Stir­ling.

Among the changes on the C11 will be a di­rect route for Aber­foyle pas­sen­gers to Stir­ling, re­duc­ing the jour­ney time by up to 17 min­utes. The cur­rent num­ber of jour­neys will be main­tained from both Cam­bus­bar­ron and Aber­foyle. The ser­vice will op­er­ate in a one-way loop around Cam­bus­bar­ron and still op­er­ate around Gillies Hill.

Changes to the C12 ser­vice will see a di­rect route for Bal­fron, Buch­lyvie, Kip­pen and Gar­gun­nock pas­sen­gers to Stir­ling, re­duc­ing the jour­ney time by up to 11 min­utes.

The ser­vice will op­er­ate in a one-way loop around Cam­bus­bar­ron and but not around Gillies Hill.

Stir­ling coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment con­vener Jim Thom­son said: “Th­ese bus routes are of­ten the only means of trans­port some of our res­i­dents have and if they don’t help them get to where they need to go then that has to change.

“We’ve con­sulted with pas­sen­gers, worked hard to re­de­velop the routes and, while they won’t start un­til next year, I’m sure the com­mu­nity will be happy once they’re up and run­ning.”

Forth and En­drick coun­cil­lor Alis­tair Ber­rill said: “Th­ese changes have taken far too long to get in place but at least pas­sen­gers on th­ese vi­tal ser­vices will, from the new year, have a quicker and more ef­fi­cient jour­ney.

“How­ever, what is very dis­ap­point­ing is that the con­nec­tions with Glas­gow ser­vices at Bal­fron has still not been ad­dressed.

“I urge First Bus to get this sorted out and the coun­cil to ap­ply max­i­mum pres­sure that they do so. No won­der pas­sen­ger num­bers are fall­ing when the routes are unattrac­tive or you can­not get a con­nec­tion.”

Trossachs and Teith coun­cil­lor Martin Earl said: “It’s the per­sis­tent cam­paign waged by a num­ber of ded­i­cated peo­ple in th­ese com­mu­ni­ties that has fi­nally bought about th­ese sen­si­ble changes.

“They have kept up the pres­sure, mak­ing sure the prob­lems that un­der­mine the routes are tack­led.

“Let’s not get car­ried away with this while there are many wider pub­lic trans­port is­sues that still re­main, such as get­ting same day and week­end book­ings for the de­mand re­spon­sive trans­port ser­vice and in­creas­ing bus pro­vi­sion.”

There are many wider pub­lic trans­port is­sue that still re­main

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