Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

Better Buses


Better Buses is Joe's campaign for bus regulation which was launched after he saw first hand how local bus cuts affect communities.

Only a few months after Joe was elected Stagecoach cut the frequency of their 27 bus service in Kilwinning. Joe campaigned against this cut but Stagecoach wouldn't budge despite Joe revealing that changes to the Bus Operator's grant, which they said were the reason for the cut in frequency, derived a financial benefit for this service. This highlighted the need for better regulation.

Shortly after, Labour MSP Iain Gray launched his Bus Regulation Private Members Bill. Joe has supported this Bill and invited Iain to public meetings in Whitehirst Park and Bourtreehill to discuss it.


In February 2014 Joe revealed that SPT planned to cut the frequency of the Kilwinning Local 320 service when tendering for the contract. Unlike the 27 service this is a subsidised bus service. Joe launched a campaign against this plan and was delighted to work with the new operator Shuttle Bus to not only retain the frequency of the service but also see it improved with a new service which connects direct with Irvine town centre introduced.

Later in 2014 Joe also helped have the Hawthorn Place bus stop reinstated onto the new 320 service. Hawthorn Place houses elderly people many of whom lost their independence when the bus stop was removed.

In early 2015 Joe campaigned with others when Stagecoach threatened to withdraw the only bus service in Drybridge, Irvine. This campaign was successful as SPT stepped in to provide a subsidised bus service.

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