IRH bus link is restored

THE direct bus link between Wemyss Bay ferry terminal and Inverclyde Royal Hospital has finally been restored this week – after more than a year of lobbying by users.

From Friday, July 1, the frequency of the 575 route provided by McGill’s Bus Service was amended to take account of the changes made in May 2010 to Caledonian MacBrayne’s Rothesay ferry timetable.

Previously, the hourly ferry timetable between 11am and 4pm, and the 45-minute frequency of the bus service, had meant some Bute residents missed their bus connection at Wemyss Bay.

But the revised 575 timetable will now restore the link to the IRH – on request to the driver when boarding – for passengers arriving at Wemyss Bay off the 9.30am, 10.10am, 11am, 12 noon and 1pm ferry crossings from Rothesay.

The revised bus timetable sees departures from Wemyss Bay on service 575 at 10.15am, 10.55am, 11.45am, 12.45pm and 1.45pm, Monday to Friday only.

All services run to Greenock town centre and will divert to the IRH if the driver is asked to do so.

Bute councillor Len Scoullar said: “The discussions on integration between the ferry and bus services at Wemyss Bay involved Argyll and Bute Council, Inverclyde Council, SPT, CalMac Ferries, CMAL, McGill’s and the office of the Traffic Commissioner in Edinburgh, and I would like to thank them all for working to restore the request service to the IRH.

“It has been a long process, although all parties were anxious that the service should be reinstated, and I’m delighted that McGill’s have taken the needs of the Bute travelling public into account.”