EVERYDAY challenges faced by a local bus depot were heard by Stirling MP Stephen Kerr at the end of last month.

First East Scotland welcomed the politician, along with Councillor Neil Benny, to its Bannockburn depot for an informal surgery and tour.

Operations manager Jim Burns was there to greet the MP and his colleague, who are on a series of visits with the aim of engaging with local businesses and their employees in their own working environment.

Issues on trunk roads and around congestion points formed a part of the discussion with Jim saying: “We were delighted to welcome Stephen Kerr MP to our depot and it was a very useful visit for all involved.

“It was great to discuss some of the challenges facing us in the everyday operations and it is always nice to get some recognition for the hard work and dedication that goes into serving our local communities.”

Mr Kerr added: “I really enjoyed visiting the bus depot and meeting the hard-working staff who drive and keep the buses on the road.

“Public transport is a lifeline for many in Stirling and the surrounding areas and the men and women who work at the First Bus depot in Bannockburn are on the frontline of delivering that service.

“These staff do their very best to serve all our communities.”