Dumbarton constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, has called on West Dunbartonshire Council to work with Scottish Power and SPT to reduce the disruption to residents of Bonhill during the upcoming period of road works on Stirling Road.
Stirling Road is due to close on 12 August for a period of 6 weeks to allow Scottish Power to carry out cable works. This is due to result in a significant reduction in transport services in the area, with only the subsidised 207 Garelochhead Coaches service scheduled to run during this period.
In response to a letter from the MSP, SPT have acknowledged the significant disruption the road closure will have and state that they had tried to make alternative arrangements with Scottish Power but a compromise could not be agreed.
A shuttle bus is required to maintain a service in the area but Scottish Power have refused to compensate a third party for the service. SPT has advised that a Temporary Transport Regulation Order is required to ensure a service is maintained and have written to West Dunbartonshire Council about this and they are awaiting a response.
Jackie has written to Scottish Power and West Dunbartonshire Council to ask what steps they are taking to ensure a public transport service is retained during the period of the road closure.
“We have already seen the chaos caused by road works on Glasgow Road which stopped bus services and forced cars onto the A82. That was Scottish Gas Networks, this time it is Scottish Power but West Dunbartonshire Council has responsibility for making sure that the disruption caused by the works is minimal.
“It is clear that it is essential, especially for elderly and disabled people, that a bus service in Bonhill can be retained during the 6 weeks that Stirling Road is set to be closed. Providing no public transport provision for residents is simply not an option.
“SPT has advised the council that a Temporary Transport Regulation Order is necessary. I hope that the council will implement this immediately and I would urge Scottish Power to do the decent thing and provide a replacement bus service if they are going to close the road.”