Traders’ road rage at bus stops move
Angry shopkeepers say they’re losing business
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