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IMPROVEMENTS TO BUS TRAVEL PROVISION TO STOBHILL HOSPITAL BEGIN

February 28, 2008 2:51 PM

introduction of a further direct bus service to Stobhill Hospital.
FIRST IN GLASGOW and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have announced the

Service 29, which historically terminated at High Possil, was extended to serve the hospital from 18 February 2008.

The extension of Service 29 is the first improvement to be announced in an ongoing effort by First in Glasgow and NHSGGC to increase direct bus services to the hospital in the North side of the City. Service 29 joins Service 3 in directly serving the hospital.

This welcome addition to the existing bus network serving Stobhill Hospital follows months of discussions between First and  NHSGGC as alternatives were debated.

This first improvement is seen to be the initial step in making bus access to the hospital much easier for staff, patients and visitors alike.

This improvement is also seen as a further step in First’s commitment to providing strong links to healthcare for local communities across Greater Glasgow.

First, Alex Shearer, joined Chris Drapper, Transport Projects Manager for NHSGGC, Eleanor Bryce, Hospital Manager of Stobhill Hospital and Brian Hazlet, Director of First Forum (an organisation which, amongst other aims, seeks improved access to healthcare for those with physical or mental disabilities) in celebrating the improved access.
The official launch of the service took place on Monday, 25 February, when Executive Director of


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All daytime Monday to Saturday journeys will be extended in this way with a 30-minute frequency for passengers. In addition to these services an additional extended evening journey will operate to correspond with hospital visiting times.


"We will also be widely publicising the routes by distributing posters and leaflets throughout the
hospital."

The improved access sees First Service 29 extended from High Possil via Shillay Street, Colston Road and Balgrayhill Road to Stobhill Hospital.


"The Board are also investing in the infrastructure to accommodate improved bus access.

"We welcome First Bus plans to improve routes to Stobhill Hospital. We have been working very closely with the Company to launch the new and improved routes, by listening to their requirements and building these, where possible, into the Stobhill site.

"Service 29 has been introduced in addition to the existing Service 3 as a direct link to the hospital with discussions continuing to introduce further services in the future."

Alex welcomed the introduction; “We have been working closely with Niall and Chris Drapper at  NHSGGC with a view to implementing services which will have the most benefit to those traveling to Stobhill Hospital.


The launch was the public acknowledgement of the discussions that have taken place between
First’s Executive Director Alex Shearer and Niall McGrogan, Head of Community Engagement and Transport for NHSGGC.

McGrogan commented,
Head of Community Engagement and Transport for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Niall

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