Services at risk on bus route after continued attacks of vandalism Services at risk on bus route after continued attacks of vandalism
A local politician has hit out at vandals who continue to attack a bus service in Paisley. Over a period of months, a number... Services at risk on bus route after continued attacks of vandalism

A local politician has hit out at vandals who continue to attack a bus service in Paisley.

Over a period of months, a number of buses have become the target of vandalism within the Foxbar area of Paisley.

This has sparked fears that in the long term McGill’s Buses may be forced to withdraw the evening service.

Damage has been caused while vehicles have been carrying passengers travelling along various streets including Brediland Road, Morar Drive and Herriot Avenue. This latest attack happened on Amochrie Road.

Last month, McGill’s withdrew evening services from Foxbar stating that they had no alternative in order to protect their employees and passengers.

However, after talks with Police Scotland, Renfrewshire Council and other local agencies the service was reinstated after 3 days.

Local Councillor Stephen Burns fears the withdrawal of bus services may leave the Foxbar community isolated from the rest of Paisley. He said: “Apart from the damage to the vehicles, there is the obvious safety concern for drivers and passengers – and even for other road traffic and pedestrians if drivers are trying to avoid being hit by missiles.

“Someone must know who is doing this and I would appeal to everyone who has any information to pass it on to Police Scotland on the 101 number or even use the Crime stoppers 0800 555 111 phone line if they want to pass on the information anonymously.

“If this vandalism doesn’t stop I am concerned that someone will get seriously injured and that the long term effects could see the bus company pulling out from running the night bus services in Foxbar leaving this community isolated from the rest of Paisley.”

Local resident Brian McGuire has three children under 18. He said they can’t afford taxis and needs this bus service coming into the area in early evenings. He told Renfrewshire News: “I read last night the McGills buses running from Paisley to Foxbar have been targeted by mindless vandals and are being hit by stones from youths on the buses journey around the housing scheme.

“This happened just a couple of weeks back, I was at a community council meeting where it was addressed by the police who said they would have more officers out to not only be on buses but step up patrols on the bus routes. Well the buses were stopped by McGills and then within days restarted, they had just cut the bus service after 8pm at night.

“I have 3 kids all under 18 who live with me, one is at University and one works late some nights, the price of a taxi home is like them working an hour or two just to make enough money to get home.

Brain, added: “Something needs to be done, it will put not only my 3 kids at risk at night but other kids and those who can’t afford a taxi or don’t have the luxury of a car, I really hope the police and the wardens step up their game and catch the culprits.

“Parents should also burden the responsibility of these mindless vandals who will eventually not just stop the 61 service, which is vital from operating after a certain time but they will hurt someone on the bus or cause a major accident.

“This has to stop now. The community should pull together and keep an eye out for any suspicious youths and report it immediately to 101.”

Main Photo: Damage caused previously by vandals Photo Credit: McGill’s/ Facebook