Traders’ road rage at bus stops move

An­gry shop­keep­ers say they’re los­ing busi­ness

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Rag­ing shop­keep­ers in Pais­ley’s west end are de­mand­ing coun­cil bosses re­in­state bus stops at their premises.

They say the re­lo­ca­tion of the stops from the top to the bot­tom of hilly Well Street has taken away busi­ness from them.

And they are also fu­ri­ous that Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil failed to con­sult with them on the mat­ter.

Graeme McGin­lay, 53, of Graeme’s Butcher, said: “The bus stop was right there near my shop and there was an­other across the road for go­ing the other way.

“Now, they’ve moved it right down the street. “It’s af­fected me big-style. “Peo­ple came up from Fer­gus­lie Park and they jumped off the bus, went into the store there and then came across to us.

“And then when they were up shop­ping in the west end they would come down and shop lo­cally and then stand here and get the bus down to Fer­gus­lie Park.

“But now they’re stay­ing on the bus up the town.

“They’re not get­ting off at the west end or they’ve got to get off at Wellmeadow Street and walk.

“And those who get off the bus at the new stop down the street say the hill is too much for them. They can’t get back up.

“There’s just been no con­sul­ta­tion with the busi­nesses or any­thing. “It was a com­plete sur­prise. “There a four buses that got to Fer­gus­lie Park an hour.

“There could be eight or 10 peo­ple stand­ing here at the stop.

“And they think, ‘I’ll nick into the butch­ers and get some­thing for my tea’.

“And ev­ery­body’s com­plain­ing they can’t get the bus out­side the lo­cal shops.”

Jack Singh, 41, who runs a con­ve­nience store op­po­site Graeme’s butcher’s store said his busi­ness has been se­ri­ously af­fected by the re­lo­ca­tion of the bus stops.

“It was a very pop­u­lar bus stop here,” he said. “Peo­ple would get off the bus and come in here and buy some prod­ucts. “But that’s not the case now. “And it just hap­pened. There was no con­sul­ta­tion about it.”

Scott McMcGin­lay, 26, runs the Butcher’s Deli next to Graeme’s Butcher.

He said: “Peo­ple used to wait at the bus stop and they’d come in and get a quick roll or a cof­fee. “And I know it’s af­fect­ing oth­ers. “It could be 10 or 20 peo­ple we miss now, it just de­pends.

“The older ones are not get­ting off the bus any more be­cause they’re not want­ing to walk down to the new stop with the bags.”

A Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil spokesman last night said: “Bus stops on Well Street have been moved 170 yards away from the junc­tion with Wellmeadow Street to ad­dress con­ges­tion and im­prove traf­fic flow.

“Fur­ther im­prove­ments have seen new traf­fic sig­nals in­stalled at the junc­tion and the bus stop build-out on Wellmeadow Street adapted to en­sure ve­hi­cles can pass ef­fec­tively when buses are at the stops.

“Ma­jor plans are cur­rently under way to trans­form the west end of Pais­ley into a vi­brant new neigh­bour­hood with homes be­ing built at Well Street and at the for­mer Co-op site on Wellmeadow Street.”

Los­ing out Scott and Graeme McGin­lay, main pic­ture, and in­set, Jack Singh

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