There have been significant changes since the last issue of the Wee Vine. FirstBus withdrew from a majority of their school contracts within the Stirling area, leaving Stirling Council to re- tender them. Subsequently, the Balfron depot lost the bulk of its school contracts to Carr’s of Loch Lomond. This has had a major impact on the depot, which provides employment for residents from many surrounding villages. This, along with the recent news that the FirstGroup is now planning to sell off its UK bus division, raises huge concerns over the long-term future of not only the depot itself, but also rural bus services in this area. We have written to Bruce Crawford and other elected representatives seeking assurances regarding the future of public transport in the Western Villages.
The C12A Friday /Saturday evening pilot buses to Stirling (18.40 in Kippen) were withdrawn on the 18th May due to low patronage. The 19.10 Stirling to Balfron Friday/Saturday B10 has also been withdrawn. Timetables dated 18th May, available at the bus station, reflect the changes.
Buchlyvie Community Council, supported by Arnprior, Balfron, Kippen, Gargunnock and Killearn, wrote again to Stirling Council urging them to make Sunday transport on the B12 route a priority. They have advised that they are looking into the possibility of trialling a pilot Sunday Service and will update us when a formal decision has been made.
First Balfron have two excellent tickets on offer. A First Weekly Ticket costing £25 allows unlimited travel 7 days a week between Stirling and Glasgow. This is an excellent buy for locals commuting to work.
They also have a Family Day Ticket: where 2 adults and up to 2 children can travel anywhere in Scotland on the First network costing £14. Both tickets can be purchased online or on the bus.