Byres Road businesses celebrate victory after axed CityBus service 15 is reinstated

By Ellen Thomson at

A West End bus route has been reinstated after protests from local businesses and the University of Glasgow.

The CityBus 15 bus route from Milngavie to the city centre via the West End was withdrawn from service at the end of June.

But the route has been reinstated with effect from Monday August 12 following strong local lobbying.

BYRES ROAD

The 15 service runs through the heart of the West End

Traders said the service was a vital lifeline for the area.

The route connects Milngavie, Bearsden, Anniesland, Gartnavel Hospital, Hyndland, Byres Road and the University, before passing through Woodlands and on to the City Centre.

A shorter route, run by McGill’s buses, was put on from the start of July but this ran only as far as Morrisons in Anniesland.

Impact

The Byres Road & Lanes business improvement district, which represents over 200 businesses in the area, was aware of the impact that the loss of the service was having on their local business owners, their staff and customers.

In addition, the route was the only direct link between the Glasgow University’s main campus and the vet school on Switchback Road.

Sign for Byres Road

Traders’ leaders said the loss of the route would have a serious impact on business

The BID joined with the University and others to strenuously lobby the bus company and SPT for the service to be reinstated.

John Turner, local business owner and Chair of the BID, said: “I am delighted at the decision to reinstate the No 15 – and not just because it is the bus I use to get to and from work.

“It is also a vital service for the staff and customers of our member businesses, for students from the University, and especially for residents of Milngavie and Bearsden travelling to Gartnavel and the Beatson.

“It is also a vital service for the staff and customers of our member businesses, for students from the University, and especially for residents of Milngavie and Bearsden travelling to Gartnavel and the Beatson”

John Turner

“The decision to withdraw the route also flew in the face of the encouragement that we should all to use our cars less and public transport more, as this is better for the environment.

“So, I commend CityBus and SPT for making the decision to restore the service.

Glasgow West End

Businesses argued that the loss of public transport flew in the face of arguments to reduce car journeys

“Now we all need to make a real effort to make sure it is well used, so we no longer have the threat of losing it in the future.”

Richy Graham, operations manager at Glasgow Citybus, said: “We are pleased to be reintroducing service 15.

“Whilst this is great news, the success of the bus route ultimately depends on customers using the service, it cannot simply be a plan b or c to the car or train.

“We have amended the bus times to address the congestion issues on the line of route and will monitor its reliability to ensure we are delivering a frequent and reliable bus service to our customers.”

* For more information and to see the timetable please visit the CityBus website here: https://westcoastmotors.co.uk/glasgow-citybus/