Scottish Government Work With X1 Bus Campaigners

Monica Lennon has urged the Minister for Transport accept an invitation to meet bus users in Hamilton campaigning for the X1 reinstatement. This comes at the same time as First bus company claim that driver shortages is the barrier to reintroducing the X1.

Monica commented:

“If all that is stopping the people of Hamilton being properly served by a daytime express service to Glasgow is driver shortages, then every effort must be made by the Scottish Government to find a workable solution.

“We know there is a need for the X1 service and the demand is increasing due to Glasgow’s LEZ and the expansion of free bus travel as a means to encourage people to use public transport as a climate saving measure.

“The people of Hamilton, especially those living in the Earnock and Hillhouse areas, have been badly let down, and they need the Scottish Government to be on their side.

“While I disagree with the decisions taken by First Glasgow which led to the X1 being axed, I’m willing to work with them and anyone who is interested in making sure our communities have the bus services they need.

“The Scottish Government must take their share of responsibility, come to Hamilton and get round the table to work with communities, trade unions and the bus sector until a solution is found.

“It would be unforgivable if the Transport Minister refused to help Hamilton residents in this serious issue that is holding so many people back.

“The X1 is a lifeline service and our communities won’t stop campaigning until we have the bus services we need.”

Monica Lennon is an MSP for the Central Scotland Region. In 2021, she passed the ground-breaking Period Product (Scotland) Act. Follow her on Twitter for recent updates.