Central SMT


The following Eastern Scottish and Western SMT services penetrated the very heartland of Central SMT's operations. Any other SBG subsidiary would almost certainly have insisted on joint operation, but Central was much too independent-minded for any such complications!

Eastern Scottish
16 Edinburgh - Coatbridge

The original 16 (Edinburgh - Glasgow via Bathgate) doesn't count, as it operated in Eastern Scottish territory throughout, prior to the 1985 reorganisation. Following the re-org, however, Monklands became Central territory and the truncated 16 (Edinburgh - Coatbridge) suddenly became a stranger in the camp.

27 Glasgow - Edinburgh via Shotts

This route almost duplicated Central's 56 between Glasgow and Shotts, although it started at Buchanan Street and operated via Shettleston and Mount Vernon. Thereafter, however, it ran through Uddingston, Hamilton, Motherwell and Wishaw to Shotts, continuing via Harthill, Whitburn, Blackburn, Livingston, Midcalder and East Calder to Edinburgh. It ran hourly throughout the day, including Sundays. In the late 70s, it was truncated first as Edinburgh - Hamilton and later Livingston - Hamilton.

35 Glasgow - Edinburgh via Bellshill

The 35 virtually duplicated Central's 44 between Glasgow and Holytown, but left Glasgow on London Road rather than Gallowgate. After Holytown, it continued through Chapelhall, Salsburgh, Harthill, Whitburn, Blackburn, Livingston, Midcalder and East Calder to Edinburgh. It ran hourly throughout the day, including Sundays. The 35 and 36 were the only normal Eastern Scottish services to use Glasgow (Anderston Cross).

36 Glasgow - Whitburn

The 36 was effectively a short 35, but it operated direct between Holytown and Salsburgh, missing out Chapelhall. Together with the 35, it gave a combined half-hourly frequency for much of the day. In the days of Central's Harthill depot, this route was Central SMT's 45.

61/61A Lanark - Edinburgh

These infrequent services, together with Central's 190 (see below), linked Lanark with the capital. Both ran via Carstairs Junction and Carnwath. The 61 then proceeded via Dunsyre, Dolphinton, West Linton and Penicuik, while the 61A ran via Kirknewton, Currie and Juniper Green.

241 Airdrie - Newmains / Law Hospital

This Airdrie-depot service strayed well into Central territory and, in the case of the Law Hospital working, with a confusing duplicate route number (cf. Central's 241 Glasgow - Carluke!) It ran on a somewhat peculiar 80-minute frequency.

515 Glasgow - Whitley Bay

This fascinating long-distance stage carriage service, operated jointly with United, ran right through the heart of Central's operating area. It provided an alternative to Central's limited stop Glasgow - Peebles service,  but started at Buchanan Street and ran via Uddingston and Hamilton to pick up Central's route at Motherwell. It actually survived longer than Central's service! Beyond Peebles, the 515 ran via Galashiels, Melrose, St Boswells, Jedburgh, Otterburn and Newcastle. This was an all-year-round service, albeit with additional workings in summer. Eastern Scottish journeys were operated by the company's Baillieston depot in the east end of Glasgow.

Western SMT
4D East Kilbride - Ayr
This summer-only, weekend-only service gave the people of East Kilbride and Eaglesham a link with the Ayrshire coast.
42 Airdrie - Ayr

This unlikely-sounding route duplicated Central's route 12 between Airdrie and Strathaven and was timed to integrate with Central's 11/12/13 group of services. Beyond Strathaven, it ran via Darvel, Galston, Kilmarnock and Prestwick to Ayr. The route operated hourly throughout the day (two-hourly on Sundays) and maintained Western SMT's historic links with Monklands district. For many years, Western maintained a small depot in the Airdrie satellite village of Calderbank to service the route.

On the other hand, Central ran a few routes into the territory of other SBG companies :-
39Strathaven - Muirkirk (Western SMT) - Lanark - West Calder (Eastern Scottish)
190Lanark - Edinburgh (Eastern Scottish)
213Airdrie - Slamannan (Midland Scottish) - Bathgate (Eastern Scottish) (1985)
242/243Glasgow - Peebles (Eastern Scottish)
X12East Kilbride - Edinburgh (Eastern Scottish)

The following pictures show vehicles from other Scottish Bus Group companies on services that ran right through the Central SMT heartland :-

This Western SMT Daimler Fleetline is pictured at Airdrie in July 1966. Broomfield Stadium can be seen in the background.Eastern Scottish AA12, a Bristol FS, is pictured on service 35, Edinburgh - Glasgow via Chapelhall and Bellshill.Eastern Scottish ZS592, a Livingston-based Seddon Pennine, is on truncated route 27 to Hamilton.
Eastern Scottish HH106, an ECW-bodied Leyland Olympian, rests at Hamilton before a journey back to Edinburgh on the (truncated) 27.Eastern Scottish S818N (CFS818N) loads at Hamilton Bus Station for the intermediate version of the 27, Hamilton - Edinburgh via Livingston.