A new circular bus route is being introduced in Dundee, to serve communities which previously lacked evening and Sunday services.
The route is one of four new services being part funded by Dundee City Council and introduced by National Express Dundee. The council has agreed to help pay for services that were not considered financially viable.
New routes will be created to serve Ninewells Hospital, the new Asda store at Western Gourdie and the Hilltown and Kingsway areas. Further routes will be created for Baldovie Avenue, Dryburgh, St Mary’s, Lochee, Baird Avenue and the city centre.
The announcement comes following demands for change from residents in Dryburgh who have been struggling for months without a bus service.
They have no buses after 6pm and no Sunday service at all. They urged National Express to reinstate a service after it vowed to create a similar evening and Sunday service in Mill O’ Mains.
David Myles, 29, from Dryburgh Street, said: “We desperately need a proper bus service here. There are a lot of old people who can’t get out and about because of how bad the service is. And we have a lot of facilities here people can’t get to at all like the cinema, the ice rink, and restaurants.”
He added the nearest bus stop is on Liff Road, Lochee, or at Park House Hotel on Coupar Angus Road at least a 10-minute walk for many people.
Donna Radford, 30, also from Dryburgh Street, said: “The buses here are a total joke. I have a 13-year-old son who has to walk15 minutes from Charleston to get home in the evenings. It makes me very worried because it’s dark and it can be quite dangerous.”
William Fox, 62, of Langshaw Road, said: “There’s a lot of older people living around here and some of them find it hard to walk. The bus service is so bad a lot of them can’t go out because of it, especially if it’s bad weather. They feel stranded.”
The four new bus services will start in June and will run on a three-year contract.
A spokesman said: “Dundee City Council agreed money from its local support budget would be used to subsidise bus services that were not economic for companies to run but which had community benefits. These services will be part paid for by National Express Dundee and part subsidised by the council.”
A spokeswoman for National Express Dundee said: “We can confirm we have plans in conjunction with Dundee City Council to reintroduce an outer circle service, commencing June 30. It’s hoped this will enhance the provision of evening and Sunday services for Dryburgh and other areas of the city. We will provide further details of these changes in due course.”