INVERCLYDE’S largest bus company, McGill’s, is to provide extra buses between Inverclyde and Braehead from Monday after existing operator Harte Buses pulled out of the route.
McGill’s is putting on additional journeys on its 907 Cowal Connector Dunoon to Glasgow service which goes via Inverclyde and Braehead. The move is a direct response to a decision by Harte Buses to cancel its Greenock to Braehead service.
Peter Harte of Harte Buses said: “Following a comprehensive review of our operations, we have taken the difficult decision to stop operating our Braehead Express route. Rising fuel and insurance costs means that we can no longer operate this route profitably. From 24 May, we will concentrate our efforts on providing a service six days a week between Largs and Braehead on our new Mann Fastbus vehicle.
He added: “I approached McGill’s after deciding to withdraw the service as I was concerned about leaving my regular Greenock passengers without a direct link to Braehead. McGill’s reviewed their existing Dunoon route, which stops at Braehead, and were able to introduce additional journeys to the service.
“The transition will be seamless, with my last Greenock to Braehead run being on Sunday and McGill’s starting on the next day.”
Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill’s said: “McGill’s is pleased to step into the breach to ensure a continuity of service for Inverclyde passengers heading to Braehead. The additional Braehead journeys will operate seven days a week, as part of our 907 service.
“Braehead passengers using our 907 service have the opportunity to board anywhere between McInroy’s Point and Port Glasgow. The existing 907 fare structure will remain unchanged. Regular Braehead shoppers can take advantage of our £25 ten-journey ticket, which is valid for 28 days. We look forward to welcoming some new passengers aboard the Cowal Connector.”