Bus cam­paign gath­er­ing pace

East Kilbride News - - SQA RESULTS -

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.

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