Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has joined forced with Glasgow City Council to secure the future of a vital bus link between the city centre and the showpiece Riverside Museum.
The Riverside 100 service was placed in jeopardy last month after it was withdrawn by a private operator. A new operator, McColl’s, has now been appointed, with SPT managing the service and funding provided by the council. The new service will begin on 3 February.
SPT Chair George Redmond said:
“I am delighted SPT and Glasgow City Council have been able to work together to save this key link to one of the city’s greatest assets.
“Since reopening its doors in 2011, Glasgow’s transport museum is even more popular than ever and it is vital that access to this great venue is maintained for both tourists and Glaswegians alike.”
I am delighted SPT and Glasgow City Council have been able to work together to save this key link to one of the city’s greatest assets.”
SPT Chair George Redmond
Councillor Jim Coleman, executive member for Land & Environmental Services, Glasgow City Council, added:
“In only 18 months the Riverside Museum has already welcomed more than two million visitors through its doors, with the Riversider bus service playing an important part in that success.
“McColl’s has made a very welcome gesture in offering discounted fares to holders of day tickets from other bus operators and we’re looking forward to working with the company over the next six months.”
A spokesman for McColl’s said:
“We are pleased to be working with Glasgow City Council and SPT in providing a regular, reliable bus service for the important direct bus link between the city centre and the Riverside Museum.“
The service will run from George Square and the Riverside via the SECC, departing from George Square every half hour from 9am until 3pm and departing from The Riverside from 11am until 5pm.
Return fares will be priced at £3, however McColl’s has pledged to offer a discounted fare of 75p for single journeys and £1 for return fares to passengers presenting all day tickets from other bus operators.
The council’s funding package runs for six months which will allow McColl’s to assess the viability of the route for possible future commercial operation without the council subsidy.