Lanarkshire towns affected by decision to withdraw night bus services get short term reprieve

A controversial decision to withdraw night bus services in Glasgow has been delayed until next month, First Bus has confirmed.

Last week, First announced the withdrawal of its night bus services which currently cover travel from the city centre across Glasgow and the surrounding areas which includes East Kilbride, Hamilton, Bellshill, Motherwell and Wishaw.

Services were due to stop on July 31, but now, operators have confirmed there will be further talks with Glasgow City Council and plans have been delayed until August 20.

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Duncan Cameron, managing director of First Bus Scotland, said: “This move is designed to provide more time for all partners – operators, politicians, public sector agencies and the hospitality sector – to review wider transport options late at night in the city.

“It also gives an opportunity for the people of Glasgow to get behind the night bus services as we maintain an open mind regarding future options in conjunction with stakeholders should passenger numbers increase as well as our driver numbers.

“It is important all stakeholders take learnings from the past six months and from the significant levels of discussion that have taken place this week.

“In Scotland, 75 per cent of all public transport journeys are made by bus. It’s vital that when given the opportunity to engage on all bus matters, representatives from all partners stand up and input their views before a decision is finalised.”

Following First’s decision to withdraw the service, Lanarkshire list MSP Monica Lennon said: “I urge First Glasgow to explore alternative solutions to address the challenges faced by the night bus services. They must collaborate with local politicians, community organisations, and stakeholders to find innovative ways to reinstate the withdrawn services.

“I will be monitoring this situation closely and continuing to advocate for the interests of our community.”

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