REGULAR users of Cumnock Bus Station have welcomed the news that it will be upgraded.

Following a series of vandal attacks — one which resulted in a child being injured — initial talks have taken place for a total revamp of the terminus.

One resident, who is at the bus station on a daily basis, said that the refurbishment is long overdue.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “Most people thought that Stagecoach owned the bus station, and were surprised to find out in the Chronicle that it was the council that is responsible.

“They were all over the place last week getting people to vote for them. Hopefully they will fight to get the bus stops improved.

“Regular police patrols would not go amiss either.”

After the latest incident when early-morning passengers arrived to a pile of broken glass, the council confirmed to our newsdesk that improvements are imminent, pending consultation.

East Ayrshire Councilis responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the bus station, through its roads and transportation organisation, the Ayrshire Roads Alliance (ARA).

Stuart Turner, head of ARA, said: “Two weeks ago we instructed Gordon Crockatt at Outdoor Amenities to refit 14 glass panels retrieved from the bus station after a previous vandalism attack some months ago.

“We are checking CCTV footage with the Risk Management Centre. These panels were smashed so can’t be reused.

“Going forward it will only be our intention to replace glass panels where it’s absolutely necessary if passenger safety has been compromised.

“We have plans to replace the entire structure with a new cantilever style structure serving all six stances along with a general upgrade of the area within the next two years.

“These plans are in their infancy and will be subject to consultation with the various stakeholders before progressing matters appropriately.”