Transport chiefs have agreed to trial an alternative new bus route after scrapping part of a vital service.

Residents were outraged when First Bus announced plans to scrap a section of the 4A bus, which ran from Broomhill to Eaglesham, serving Crookfur and Kelvindale along the way.

A section of the route was scrapped in Kelvindale, leaving many residents with no buses directly serving their area.

Locals in Eaglesham and Crookfur had also complained about changes on their end of the route, saying it took out many stops in the area.

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First brought in a new bus - the M4 - to serve part of the scrapped route in Kelvindale however local politicians said it was not practical and didn’t provide enough connections to onward transport links.

SNP councillors, SNP MSP Bob Doris and Tory MSP Adam Tompkins had all contacted the transport company urging them to reconsider the plans, which came into force last month.

As reported in the Evening Times last week, First proposed two alternative route options for the M4 - one finishing in Partick, and another finishing on Queen Margaret Drive.

Following a meeting yesterday with SNP councillors John Letford, who covers Maryhill, and Malcolm Balfour who represents Drumchapel, First has now agreed to amend the M4 route to go from Kelvindale, along Byres Road and round to Partick bus terminus.

The pilot service will run every hour, with passenger numbers monitored for the next six months to determine if it is viable permanently.

The new route was decided following feedback received by the Evening Times, community council and local politicians who passed the findings on to the bus firm.

John Letford, SNP councillor for Maryhill and Kelvindale, said: “I am delighted that First Bus has reconsidered this route and taken on board the feedback from local people.

“I will be campaigning to increase the use of the route in the area and hopefully increase its frequency, for example on Sundays and in the evenings.

“ The new route will greatly help the elderly and people going to school, hospital and doctors appointments.”

Read more: Have your say on plans to replace axed 4A bus route

A spokesman for First Glasgow said: “First Glasgow has obtained feedback from local representatives on the preferred option for a revised M4 Service and we will now take forward an application for the planned changes to the current route.

“Local representatives and First Glasgow share a commitment to encouraging use of the service and we will work closely with them in monitoring customer demand during the six-month trial period.”