OPINION - Transport museum with no bus outside

THE news that the bus to the Riverside Museum is being axed is hardly welcome when the city wants to promote public transport.

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People are obviously flocking to the museum as visitor numbers have been outstanding since it opened and its popularity has outstripped the old venue in the West End.

However, the lack of the bus service does mean the only way to get directly to the museum is by car or on foot from the nearest train and Subway station.

The museum, like Glasgow's other attractions, is popular not only with locals but with visitors – who, in the main, won't be driving.

So, while the bus might not have been full to bursting on every trip it was not completely empty – it just didn't make enough money for the commercial operator to keep it running.

The museum, unlike other attractions, such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery, is not on a main street and therefore not served by the mainstream bus network – so it needed a dedicated service.

It must now be ensured that those visitors who use the bus, and who are dependent on public transport through choice or otherwise, still have a way of reaching the destination.

Otherwise we may have attractions people want to visit but with no easy means of doing so.

THE news that the bus to the Riverside Museum is being axed is hardly welcome when the city wants to promote public transport.

People are obviously flocking to the museum as visitor numbers have been outstanding since it opened and its popularity has outstripped the old venue in the west end.

However, the lack of the bus service does mean the only way to get directly to the museum is by car or on foot from the nearest train and subway station.

The museum, like Glasgow's other attractions, is popular not only with locals but with visitors – who in the main wont be driving.

So, while the bus might not have been full to bursting on every trip it was not completely empty but just didn't make enough money for the commercial operator to keep it running.

The museum, unlike other attractions such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery, is not on a main street and therefore not served by the mainstream bus network so needed a dedicated service.

It must now be ensured that those visitors who did use the bus, and who are dependent on public transport through choice or otherwise, still have a way of reaching the destination.

Otherwise we may have attractions people want to visit but with no easy means of doing so.

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