Shuttle bus hailed a lifeline after villagers ‘left stranded’ by Bonnybridge road closure

A shuttle bus service has been hailed as a lifeline for villagers after complaints that people had been left ‘stranded’ by a road closure.

By Kirsty Paterson, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Thursday, 17th March 2022, 1:21 pm

Resurfacing work meant the bus service between High Bonnybridge and Bonnybridge Toll has been taken off for ten days as Reilly Road was closed.

That left many people without cars with no access to a shop, chemist, doctor or dentist.

Provost Billy Buchanan said: “This closure left many older and disabled people stranded as they are unable to walk to the village and not everyone can afford taxis.

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“I am delighted with the news that this community, cut off with no shops and no bus service now has a lifeline.”

Falkirk Council has arranged with the bus company First to operate a shuttle bus every day between High Bonnybridge and Bonnybridge Toll until Reilly Road reopens.

The timetable allows connections with Service 37 journeys to/from Falkirk and Glasgow.

Villagers complained they had been left ‘stranded’ by a road closure.

The first service leaves High Bonnybridge at 7.35 am every day and runs hourly until 5.35pm.

The first return service leaves Bonnybridge Toll at 7.59 am, then 8.59 am, 9.57 am, 10.57 am, 11.57 am, 12.57 pm, 1.57 pm, 2.57 pm 3.57 pm, 5.02pm and 6.07 pm.

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