SPTE cuts Metroliners
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STRATHCLYDE PTE has withdrawn its Metroliner coach services tailor-made for disabled people.
The services, operated with MCW Metroliner coaches equipped with tip-up seats for able-bodied passengers and wheelchair lifts and attendants to assist disabled people, ran twice-weekly on two routes, one of them to Paisley, the other to south-west Glasgow suburbs.
They were launched early last year as part of a demonstration project for disabled people and attracted opposition from other bus operators whose objections led to limits being placed on the number of able-bodied passengers carried on the Metroliners and SPTE Microbuses which fed traffic on to them.
An SPTE spokesman said only limited use had been made of the lift facility on the coaches, which are still available for private hire work. They can be fitted with normal coach seats.
A more frequent daily service for wheelchair-bound passengers has been introduced on a cross-Glasgow double-deck route which serves southwestern suburbs.
It is operated with Volvo Citybuses fitted with wheelchair lifts and staffed by a driver and attendant.