Stagecoach Confirm North Ayrshire Bus Changes from December 1st

Changes are coming to North Ayrshire bus services - Photo Credit: Carlisle Bus Group, Chris Thompson and Lee Wardle
Changes are coming to North Ayrshire bus services - Photo Credit: Carlisle Bus Group, Chris Thompson and Lee Wardle

Stagecoach West Scotland have confirmed changes to some North Ayrshire bus services from Decemeber 1st. Whilst it’s good news for some areas, others will see services disappear.

Passengers in places such as Ardrossan, Dalry, Kilbirnie and Beith will see an improved level of service, with the X36 increasing in frequency to every 30 mins in some parts.

However Saltcoats, Girdle Toll, Torranyard and Lugton will see services disappear with the loss of services X11 and X44 due to what Stagecoach describe as “poor passenger numbers”

Glasgow to Kilmarnock service X76 will extend hourly to Irvine 7 days a week.

Other services with changes include the 11, 12, 18, 25, X34 and X76. Timetables for all changes will be available from November 1st. Below are the changes as noted by Stagecoach West Scotland:

Service X11 Ardrossan – Bypass – Central Hospital – Irvine – This service will no longer operate due to poor passenger numbers. Passengers will have the option to use services 11 or 585 in its place. 
 Service X44 Irvine – Girdle Toll – Barrhead – Silverburn – Glasgow – We have monitored passenger volumes over a number of years, unfortunately these numbers continue to be too low to operate a commercially viable service. Customers from Irvine will have the option to use the X34 and the X76 in the off peak.  This will increase the number of journeys per day between Irvine and Glasgow, offering an improved experience on board double deck coaches on dual carriageway roads rather than the current double decker service buses and rural roads.  
 Service 11 Ardrossan – Saltcoats – Stevenston – Kilwinning – Irvine – Kilmarnock – Services departing Ardrossan at 0735 and 0745 will change to the earlier time of 0730 and 0740 Monday to Friday. This change will allow an extra five minutes at Irvine Cross for pupils traveling to Greenwood Academy.The number 11 service will continue to serve bus stops on Corsehill Road closest to Greenwood Academy.Arrival time in Kilmarnock will remain the same.
 Service 12 Ardrossan – Saltcoats – Stevenston – Service 12 will change to operate every 40 minutes during the day, this change is to improve punctuality and realiblity of the service. In addition the route will change, the bus will go straight along Stanley Road on journeys to Ardrossan and only serve Lawson Drive when leaving Ardrossan.  
 Service 18 Hayocks – Stevenston – Saltcoats – New England – Stevenson – To improve punctuality the 0735 service departing Saltcoats will depart at 0729.The 0804 departing Stevenson will now depart at 0758.Both changes are to allow and extra six minutes running time. 
 Service X36 Ardrossan – Saltcoats – Beith – Glasgow – Off peak service frequency will increase to hourly rather than two hourly, peak will remain the same as the current timetable. Due to low passenger demand and to improve journey time to Glasgow City Centre, the X36 will no longer operate via Braehead Shopping Centre. All stops between Chapelhill Mount and Princes Street will continue to be served. Thereafter the X36 will stop at: Princes Street, The Laurieston (South Beach), Saltcoats Station, Sandyland Holiday Park, Stevenson Cross, Morrisons, Whitehirst Park then all stops currently served. On Friday nights the X36N at 2200 and 0130 from Ardrossan will no longer operate along with 0000 and 0300 from Glasgow.  This is unfortunately due to low passenger demand.
 Service 25 Irvine – Kilwinning – Dalry – Kilbirnie – Beith – This service will remain hourly off peak, however once in Beith it will change into an express X36 service without passengers having to change buses, which combined with the current X36 timetable will provide a half hourly express service between Beith and Glasgow, Monday to Saturday.
 Service X34 Irvine – Beith – Glasgow – This service will continue to operate during peak hours, during the off-peak the X34 will be replaced with a new X76 extension service operating via Kilmarnock every hour Monday to Saturday. This will provide connections between Irvine and Glasgow on newer vehicles operating on better quality roads.
 New X76 extension Irvine – Glasgow – Off peak service replacing the X34 & X44 – The proposed route for the X76 will be Primark Irvine, Marress Road, High Street Irvine, Townhead, A71, A759, Dundonald Road, John Finnie Street, West George Street Kilmarnock Bus Station, Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow. The X76 will stop at Irvine Primark and Irvine Cross and then the service will continue to the A71 before stopping at each stop on Dundonald Road, Kilmarnock but will not stop on John Finnie Street before entering Kilmarnock Bus Station and then operating on the traditional X76 between Kilmarnock Bus Station and Glasgow. The X76 will operate Monday to Sunday.  Saturday’s first service will arrive in Glasgow at 0845.