All residents in Scotland under the age of 22 will be eligible for free bus travel from 31 January 2022.

The Scottish Government has confirmed the timetable for the roll out of the scheme, delivered in partnership with the Improvement Service, the National Entitlement Card Programme Office and Young Scot.

Legislative changes to allow the scheme to be extended from its original commitment to provide free travel for under-19s will be introduced to the Scottish Parliament this summer.

Approximately 930,000 young people will join the third of Scotland’s population who already benefit from free bus travel through the Older and Disabled Persons Free Bus scheme.

Further details can be found on the Transport Scotland website.

Renfrewshire Council has issued the following road closure notice.

Temporary Road Closure: A761 Glasgow Road, Paisley, from Arkleston Road to Oldhall Road

  • Duration: This order will be in force on Monday 19th July 2021 till Sunday 1st August 2021.
  • This notice will only be effective when so displayed by signs in accordance with The Traffic Signs Regulations & General Directions 2016.
  • Reason: This is to allow for carriageway resurfacing.
  • Vehicles left on the road in contravention of this notice will be moved out of the works area.
  • Diversion:
    • Non-HGV traffic – Arkleston Road / Penilee Road then follow local signage.
    • HGV traffic – Arkleston Road / Penilee Road / Queen Elizabeth Avenue / Sandwood Road then follow local signage.
  • Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

The closure appears to apply only to the eastbound carriageway (towards Glasgow), although the notice doesn’t state this.

There are also a Temporary Loading and Waiting Ban notice and two Temporary No Right Turn notices (Alton Road at the Glasgow Road junction; Gartmore Road at the Glasgow Road junction). All the notices can be seen on the Renfrewshire Council website.

The summer issue of the Ralston Community Council Newsletter is now being delivered to Ralston residents. Copies are also available in the Corner Shop on Penilee Road and a digital version is available on the website.

Can you spot the ‘deliberate’ mistake in the word search in our printed version?