Wheels go round and round for My­bus ex­pan­sion

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Con­cerns that the Ar­ran My­Bus ser­vice run by Strath­clyde Part­ner­ship for Trans­port (SPT) will cease op­er­a­tions have been al­layed.

Re­cent dis­cus­sions by the SPT op­er­a­tions com­mit­tee showed a will­ing­ness to not only re­tain the ser­vice but also to ex­tend its op­er­a­tions.


North Ayr­shire coun­cil­lor John Bruce, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive on SPT, said: ‘Con­trary to the ru­mour mill which seems to gen­er­ate enough worry and con­cern at times on the is­land, the SPT Ar­ran My­Bus ser­vice, which com­menced in 2010, will con­tinue to op­er­ate – not just as be­fore but it will ac­tu­ally ex­pand the My­Bus ser­vice to in­clude Sun­days.

‘This ex­ten­sion ex­ceeds the Red Cross’s abil­ity to con­tinue to fund and op­er­ate the ser­vice.

‘Sub­ject to ne­go­ti­a­tions, I would ex­pect the ex­ist­ing driv­ers to con­tinue with the new seven-day ser­vice.’

The de­ci­sion to ex­tend the ser­vice, if ap­proved by the SPT op­er­a­tions com­mit­tee at a meet­ing to­day (Fri­day), will see ten­ders be­ing in­vited from bus op­er­a­tors for a long-term con­tract start­ing on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 2.

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