Stagecoach, who plan to axe a bus service that runs near Lochwinnoch are to keep the service running – for now.

However, the number of buses have been reduced and the firm confirmed they will be running a revised timetable. The service was supposed to end yesterday as Stagecoach West Scotland claim it was no longer viable to run.

Residents in Lochwinnoch can board the bus as it passes though the Roadhead roundabout on the A737.

Emma Rodden, SNP Councillor for Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood & Lochwinnoch, said: “Like many bus routes servicing rural villages, this one is vital for residents living and working in Lochwinnoch.

“I was very concerned to hear of the planned cancellation and whilst a reduced service is preferable to a complete axing, it is far from ideal and will leave many villagers with transport difficulties.

“Encouraging people to use public transport only gives results if there are sufficient services for them to utilise. Unfortunately, this is yet another example of rural residents being left high and dry.”

A spokesperson Stagecoach West Scotland said: “From 17th July we will introduce a revised timetable which will operate morning and evening peak time journeys between Ardrossan and Glasgow.

“During the main part of the day, the X36 will operate an hourly service between Dalry and Glasgow and those travelling between the Garnock Valley and Irvine or the Three Towns can use the local 25 and 11 services.

“We will continue to closely monitor the performance of the route over the coming months to ensure that it is sustainable.

“The viability of local bus services depends on people in our local communities using them and, by switching from car to public transport, you can not only support the bus network but also contribute to a greener Scotland.”

You can view the latest timetable here: (PDF FORMAT).