Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has received assurances from First Bus that busses based in Balfron are to be upgraded in coming months.


Around 8 First Bus vehicles are to be “substantially refreshed” – with around £6,000 per vehicle to be spent on average.


The refreshed busses will have a new two-tone appearance, some of which have already arrived and are in operation.


Mr Crawford met with James Harvey of First Bus last week to discuss the changes, following concerns that had been raised by members of the local community about vandalism and damage caused to a number of vehicles on the fleet.


Mr Harvey assured Mr Crawford that all vehicles operating Balfron routes had received a 100% MOT pass rate and were maintained to the same standard as busses operating in urban areas.


Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:


“Over a period of time, buses can begin to look tired and can sustain damage – it is clear that this has happened with a number of the fleet based in Balfron.


“I am pleased that First Bus has responded directly to the complaints raised with me, and I am confident from the discussion I had that this is a matter they take seriously.


“An average of £6,000 per bus on refreshing 8 vehicles is a considerable investment from the company, and will make a substantial difference.


“As much as I’d like to see a brand new fleet of buses for the Balfron area, I have to be realistic about what’s achievable. This investment in the current fleet will go some way in addressing the concerns that have been raised with me.


“I look forward to seeing more of the refreshed and two-toned branded buses in the area over the next few months.”