Bus campaign gathering pace
The campaign to save the First 31 bus through Stewartfield is continuing to gather pace.
A joint petition was launched by Labour councillors Joe Fagan and Monique McAdams (pictured), with Tory MSP Graham Simpson launching his own.
The bus operators cut the Carmunnock and East Kilbride bus with immediate effect – the only bus that serves residents in Stewartfield and West Mains –after an initial suspension during the COVID-19 pandemic.
That saw a furious backlash from the local community and elected members, with Labour’s petition having garnered 2500 signatures so far.
Councillor Fagan thanked those who had supported the petition, adding:“The response to save the 31 bus has been amazing. This is a valued and vital bus route.
“Taking it away is cutting people off from their work and their families.
“Since Monique and I launched our petition, nearly 2500 people have signed up to show their support for protecting this lifeline bus service.
“I have emailed the First Group, asking them again to reconsider the withdrawal of the service and encouraging them to work with the Council and SPT to find an alternative to cutting back the route.”
And following calls by Mr Simpson, it is understood the local council have agreed to mediate a meeting with First and local politicians.
Councillor Fagan added: “A number of people have phoned me to say they do not have internet access but they want to have their say.
“If you have any friends, neighbours or relatives in that position then let them know they can write to First to have their say.”
To sign the petition online go to change.org/ savethe31bus for the latest.
Or, alternatively, write to First Greater Glasgow, 100 Cathcart Road, Glasgow, G42 7BH.