It was good to see East Renfrewshire’s local MP and MSP speaking out against the planned cuts to the 4/4A route by First Greater Glasgow . The planned route changes are due to commence from Sunday 23rd October which also coincides with school pupils returning after the October holidays. These cuts will impact on children getting to school as well as other East Renfrewshire residents who rely on public transport. This is especially urgent in Eaglesham, an area which faces an increasing population due to a new housing development, and its rural location means a lack of public transport options. Current alterations to the route will mean that residents will face over a mile’s walk from the terminating stop up a steep hill to reach their destinations, including those living in the new Polnoon housing development. This coupled with the existing poor public transport facilities servicing the New Glasgow South Hospital already facing East Renfrewshire (we’ve already written about this here) means residents are increasingly having to choose between paying for expensive taxis, enduring longer and more inconvenient journeys. There is also a knock on impact across East Renfrewshire stretching from Eaglesham to Clarkston to Newton Mearns as the 4/4A is one of the few regular services in the area that also helps connect residents to the new Eastwood Health Centre.
A petition has been set up by residents which can be signed here and we will also be collecting signatures at our street stall in Clarkston this Saturday (8th October). Our candidate for next year’s council elections Laura Stevens, standing in Ward 4 covering Clarkston, Netherlee and Williamwood, will be there to answer any concerns local residents have about First Bus, the regeneration consultation in Clarkston, our #NoRacistRegisters campaign (sign here) and more.