Politicians and residents have taken to the streets of Gallowhill to protest changes to a local bus service.

SNP Councillors Jim Paterson and Cathy McEwan were joined by fellow politicians MP Gavin Newlands, MSP Derek Mackay and local residents to demand that McGill’s Buses cancel their plans to withdraw the vital Number 20 bus service.

The Number 20 service currently runs between Gallowhill and Spateston and is used by Gallowhill residents to travel to the town centre, Paisley Grammar and the Royal Alexandria Hospital.

If the plans go ahead the bus will, as of the 26th March, terminate in Whitehaugh and no longer serve the Gallowhill area.

SNP Councillor for Renfrew South and Gallowhill, Jim Paterson, said “On the surface what appears to be a small change will have a massive impact on the residents of Gallowhill many of whom rely on this service. I would call on McGill’s to revisit this decision and maintain the current service. ”

Councillor Cathy McEwan from the same ward, said “I have had a number of residents contact me about the withdrawal of this service, expressing their worry and anger that McGills are about to remove this service from Gallowhill.

“Many people throughout Gallowhill rely on having a direct link to the RAH and are deeply concerned about what this would mean for them.”

McGill’s have announced a number of service changes across Renfrewshire, some of which have led to a public backlash from bus users, petitions and condemnation from politicians across the political spectrum.


Main photo: Gavin Newlands MP, Derek Mackay MSP, Cllr Cathy McEwan, Cllr Jim Paterson and residents of Gallowhill