Fresh calls have been made to plug gaps in bus services despite funding for sustainable transport being slashed.
New housing developments north of Arbroath Road in Broughty Ferry currently have no buses running to them while the 206 — which runs from Panmurefield to Gray Street — only runs once every hour after 9am and before 3pm.
After meeting with the council’s sustainable transport team leader, councillor Craig Duncan said he was disappointed to hear the budget for the department had been cut by £62,000.
Mr Duncan said: “Some areas of the Ferry are not well serviced with new housing developments in Balmossie Brae, Ferryfields and Clearwater having no bus service going to them.
“Bus services like the 206 don’t come at peak times, when the kids are needing to go to school, so I’m having conversations with bus operators and the council to see if anything can be done.
“After the meeting on Tuesday, I am aware there is not a lot of money left and I understand there are increasing pressures on local council budgets.”
A spokesman for the city council has confirmed that funding for sustainable transport for 2017/18 dropped from £414,000 to £352,000 but declined to comment further.
Residents in the Ferry agreed more could be done for those using the bus.
Alastair Pearson, 46, a labourer, who lives in Monifieth but uses buses in and out of the Ferry every day, said: “I definitely think there needs to be more buses available to people in the Ferry. Some of the routes do not go directly into town and I think that’s why we are sometimes forgotten about.”
Hayley Thurston, 33, a teacher from Broughty Ferry, said: “I would like to see more bus services in the morning. There does not seem to be frequent services heading into the city centre.”
Scott Hall, commercial manager for Stagecoach East Scotland, said: “We were delighted to meet with Councillor Duncan recently to discuss our bus operations in the Broughty Ferry area.
“Stagecoach always welcome customer and stakeholder feedback and we will keep an open dialogue with the councillor in the future regarding our services.”