Bus passengers 'forced to walk to city outskirts' due to cycling event

First Glasgow has announced details of diversions throughout the UCI World Cycling Championships in August.

First Glasgow confirm diversions during UCI World Cycling Championships in August iStock

Bus passengers in Glasgow could be forced to walk to the outskirts of the city centre to catch public transport as the “biggest cycling event in the world” comes to the city.

Travel disruption is to be expected as the UCI Cycling World Championship welcomes 2,600 elite cyclists competing across road, indoor and track cycling, mountain biking and BMX races to several venues across Scotland.

As a result First Glasgow has confirmed details of diversions during the event, which is set to place in the city from Thursday, August 3 until Sunday, August 13.

Road closures, required for the road races, will result in bus services making extensive diversions from their normal routes across the city.

Disruption is particularly expected between August 4 and 8, as well as August 12 and 13. 

The company warned some passengers may be required to travel on foot to catch their bus on the outskirts of the city centre due to road closures.

First Glasgow has also urged passengers to plan ahead, as journey times may be extended.

Graeme Macfarlan, commercial director for First Bus in Scotland, said: “We are working hard to ensure we can keep people connected across Glasgow during the UCI World Cycling Championships.

“As many of the road closures will be in the city centre, some customers may be required to walk to the outskirts of the city centre to get the bus but we will still be there to take them where they need to go.

“We will endeavour to work round the closures to the best of our ability and encourage all customers to use our website to plan ahead for their journey between these dates.”

The full list of services impacted on these dates are the 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 6A, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 9A, 10, 18, 19, 21, 38, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38E, 41, 57, 57A, 60, 60A, 61, 75, 77, 90, 240, 255, 263, 267, 500 (Glasgow Airport Express), X3, X8, X11, X85, and X87.

Full details of all of First Glasgow diversions during the event can be found by visiting firstglasgow.com/UCI.

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