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SPT saves vital Kilmacolm Bus Services

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has today, Friday 31 January, approved the award of temporary contracts which will safeguard two Inverclyde bus services for another six months.

The temporary contract for the X7A and 530 buses has been awarded to McGill’s who will run these services between January 2014 to July 2014, whilst SPT go out to tender for longer term arrangements. The transport authority is investing £1,500 per week to maintain the routes.

SPT Vice Chair Denis McKenna said:

“We’re delighted that SPT stepped in to keep these vital services running. We are working hard to find a suitable longer term solution as we recognise that these buses help people across the Renfrewshire and Inverclyde area access social activities, work and local amenities.”

SPT stepped in to fund these services after commercial bus operators withdrew as they were not commercially viable.

The X7A service runs from Quarriers Village through Bridge of Weir to Johnstone, which runs Monday to Saturday, and the 530 service runs from Greenock to Kilmacolm service, which operates in the evenings and Sundays.
This contract is one of ten temporary contracts approved by SPT’s Operations Committee. These temporary contracts total almost £80,000 of investment to keep vital bus services operating throughout the West of Scotland.