People power has paid off after a bus firm threatened to put the brakes on a service.
Stagecoach currently operates the 77B route between Dundee and Wormit but, following a review of services, the route was set to be scrapped in May.
Locals protested against the move and now the route could be given a s ix-month reprieve after coach firm Moffat & Williamson offered to take it over.
Councillors have been issued a timetable by the prospective operator, with bus times set to change slightly.
Buses will also stop next to the bus station in Dundee rather than going in.
Tay Bridgehead councillor Jonny Tepp today said Moffat & Williamson had thrown a “lifeline” to locals.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted that Moffat & Williamson has found a way to support this service.
“It is a lifeline for local residents to get to the doctors surgery, the pharmacy or go shopping in Dundee and just to ensure residents are getting contact with other people.
“A lot of people signed online petitions when Stagecoach made the announcement and handed them in to me.
“There were so many people at a public meeting we had to turn them away because we didn’t have seats for them.
“People were enraged about it so I am delighted the firm is going to take it over.”
Councillor Bill Connor, who also represents the Tay Bridgehead ward, said: “It is fantastic news for everyone in Newport, Wormit and Gauldry.”
A spokesman for Moffat & Williamson said: “Moffat & Williamson Ltd was approached by councillors Tim Brett and Jonny Tepp regarding the 77B service which was being withdrawn.
“The decision to withdraw any service is not taken lightly and normally it is because the passenger numbers using the service do not make it financially viable.
“We have agreed with the councillors to trial a bus for a minimum of six months and run a timetable along similar lines to the existing one using a school contract bus and fitting runs in.
“If the patrons in the affected areas use the service regularly it will go a long way to ensure its continued existence and success.”
A spokeswoman for Stagecoach East Scotland said: “Like all businesses, from time to time we take a look at our network to determine which services are most in demand and which have fewer passengers using them. This is to ensure we are providing the kind of services that reflect the travel habits of our customers. As a result, we have decided to make some changes to our off peak 77B service as of Monday May 14.
“Our passenger numbers show that we simply do not have the number of customers using the service to make it sustainable. We work hard to make sure that we are using our resources effectively to meet the needs of as many of our customers as possible. These changes will help us to deliver a strong and stable network in the longer term.”