All change for Glasgow's bus network

GLASGOW's main bus network is facing its biggest revamp since the millennium.

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All change as Glasgow bus network faces major revamp
All change as Glasgow bus network faces major revamp

Operator First today announced it will both boost frequencies on key routes and slash duplicate and minor services across the city.

First's new timetable in full

The bus giant admits its new scheme will involve a slight cutback in the overall volume of services but insists most passengers will see an improvement.

Operator First today announced it will both boost frequencies on key routes and slash duplicate and minor services across the city.

The bus giant admits its new scheme will involve a slight cutback in the overall volume of services but insists most passengers will see an improvement.

First is styling the change as a "simplification" – with many routes rebranded as "Simplicity".

This will see some services, for example, from big peripheral schemes in to the city centre merged, renumbered and run more frequently.

Ronnie Park, First Glasgow's managing director, said: "Simplicity will give our customers confidence that they can expect a bus every ten minutes or better during the day.

"We want to make life easier for passengers so they know a bus will arrive at a bus stop within a matter of minutes."

First is just the latest Scottish bus firm to consolidate and simplify routes, sometimes causing anger among those who lose axed services.

However, the launch of Simplicity is the first revamp of its scale since the so-called 'Overground' network was launched in Glasgow in the late 1990s.

The proposed new network will be slightly smaller.

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