Fo­rum chief voices anger

The Oban Times - - News -

THE CHAIR­MAN of Lochaber Trans­port Fo­rum has ex­pressed anger over the ab­sence of a West Coast Mo­tors rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the group’s lat­est meet­ing.

For­mer Fort Wil­liam and Ard­na­mur­chan coun­cil­lor Brian Mur­phy ques­tioned why, once again, there was no- one from the com­pany at the meet­ing on Mon­day.

Benny MacDon­ald from the fo­rum said he had been in touch with West Coast Mo­tors and he had un­der­stood a rep­re­sen­ta­tive was go­ing to at­tend the meet­ing.

Mr Mur­phy said: ‘I am get­ting re­ally an­noyed they are ig­nor­ing the con­cerns of the trav­el­ling pub­lic in Lochaber. This fo­rum is rep­re­sent­ing some of their cus­tomers views.

‘I think they are treat­ing the trav­el­ling pub­lic in Lochaber with con­tempt. They should be mak­ing a real ef­fort to get to this meet­ing. It’s dis­grace­ful.’

Arthur Cowie from Lochaber Dis­abil­i­ties Ac­cess Panel said: ‘ When this group was set up, we said Stage­coach, City Link, Shiel Buses and West Coast Mo­tors would at­tend the meet­ing and West Coast Mo­tors have not hon­oured that.

‘They have no ex­cuse for not be­ing here.’

Rus­sell Dods, area man­ager for Oban and Mull, West Coast Mo­tors, said: ‘We re­vised our sum­mer timetable based on de­mand and con­nec­tiv­ity with other bus routes.

‘We are com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing a bus ser­vice which meets the travel re­quire­ments of our cus­tomers.

‘To do this, we rely on our cus­tomers for feed­back and would en­cour­age any­one with com­ments, sug­ges­tions or com­plaints to get in touch by call­ing 01586 552319 or email­ing en­quiries@ west­coast­mo­tors.co.uk.’

South Lochaber res­i­dents say they feel cut off as a re­sult of poor bus ser­vices.

Peo­ple liv­ing in Glen­coe and Ken­tallen say they have no choice but to go to Fort Wil­liam for work, shop­ping or a day out be­cause there are not enough buses to Oban, and the ones that go don’t give peo­ple enough time in the town.

Ken­tallen res­i­dent Sally Mor­ris, who raised the is­sue with the Lochaber Times ear­lier this year, said: ‘This is about the buses ty­ing up and giv­ing peo­ple two or three hours in In­ver­ness or Oban.’

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