SNP Councillor for Forth and Endrick, Ian Muirhead, has welcomed efforts from First Bus to extend existing services to mitigate cuts made earlier last year.
During summer last year, the bus company – which operates across the Stirling area – announced a reduction in a number of services as well as cancellations of certain routes.
During a meeting with local MP and MSP prior to the changes taking place, First Bus bosses explained that a number of routes had become financially unviable due to Stirling Council scaling back funding by over 30 percent.
Councillor Muirhead has chaired public meetings and held talks with bus operators to seek a resolve to the situation – which saw a number of rural communities losing much of their access to vital public transport. First Bus have agreed upgrade their existing routes to include many of these communities by 6th March this year (details in Notes to Editor).
Welcoming the move, Cllr Ian Muirhead said:
“These changes will alleviate some of the concern sfelt by many in the rural communities I represent – especially school pupils and their parents and I am glad that First Bus have agreed to work constructively on this.
“Whilst this is to be welcomed, there is still a lot of work to do in terms of connecting our rural communities in a sustainable way. Support for public transport has clearly not been a priority of the Tory/Labour coalition that currently run Stirling Council and this simply cannot continue to be the case.
“I look forward to continuing to work with communities and operators to strike the best deal for my constituents and a reliable transport service that works for everyone.”