24 Mar 2017
STAGECOACH WEST SCOTLAND ANNOUNCE PUBLIC CONSULTATION FOR PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGES
Stagecoach West Scotland has announced proposed service changes to some services across Ayrshire and its Glasgow Express networks. The changes are planned to come into effect in June this year and have been proposed to better reflect our customers travel habits.
A number of these changes will deliver improvements for customers through improved reliability and new connections.
It is proposed to make changes to our North Ayrshire Express services which operate from Ardrossan, Irvine and Dalry to Glasgow. Some of our X34 and X36 services would benefit from a direct link to the popular Braehead shopping centre on off peak journeys. It is also planned to reduce the off peak frequency on the X34 and X36 services to every two hours and to withdraw the X37 service.
It is also planned to reduce the number of journeys on the X11 from Ardrossan to Irvine and the X44 from Ardrossan to Glasgow.
In Ayr town our services have been impacted by growing traffic congestion in particular our service 2 Ayr to Prestwick and service 14 Ayr to Irvine via Prestwick resulting in longer journey times. We therefore need to invest in extra buses. This puts a greater strain on our resources.
Following long term monitoring of the 52 service from Ayr to Bellsbank it is clear that this service no longer warrants a 20 minute frequency. It is proposed that the frequency on this service would be reduced to every 30 minutes but at the same time introduce high specification double deckers to cover this reduction in service.
Stagecoach is looking for feedback from local authorities, customers and other stakeholders and is holding a consultation event at Beith Community Centre on Wednesday 5th April where company representatives will be present to answer any questions on the proposed changes. Leaflets explaining the changes will also be on buses with a feedback form that customers can send back to Stagecoach or alternatively views can be given through our Public Consultation feedback form.
Tom Bridge, Managing Director, Stagecoach West Scotland said: "The views of local people are very important to us and that is why we are currently consulting with local authorities customers and other stakeholders to help us shape the future of these bus services”
“Our overall aim is to provide a better, more efficient and more reliable package of services to our customers. We welcome feedback and hope that people will take the time to fill out our feedback form to provide their views on our proposals.”