Dundee buses: Public invited to have say on proposals

Some bus services in Dundee could be changed by August.
Some bus services in Dundee could be changed by August.

Bus firms whose services are set to change this summer plan to hold events in Dundee to let the public have their say.

Several services could be taken off the city’s streets from August and some routes may see significant changes, under proposals revealed in the Tele yesterday.

A consultation period is now under way and both Xplore Dundee and Stagecoach have revealed plans to give the public opportunities to make their views known ahead of the planned changes.

Elsie Turbyne, managing director of Xplore Dundee, said: “We are in a period of consultation with Dundee City Council and further adjustments may need to be made after discussions with the transport department.

“We will be holding a bus surgery in the city centre on Saturday July 2 when our customer service team will be on-hand to advise members of the public of our current and future services, and we look forward to the opportunity to hear what our customers think.”

Stagecoach East Scotland managing director Andrew Jarvis said: “We are currently consulting with Dundee City Council and Perth and Kinross Council to look at any alternative options, and customers are invited to talk to us at consultation events being held in Dundee, Errol and Invergowrie or to submit feedback regarding the service proposals at stagecoachbus.com in order to help shape the future of their bus services.”

A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “On January 31 new legislation came into effect which gives local authorities 28 days to consult with stakeholders on changes to services being proposed by commercial bus operators.

“This creates an opportunity for local authorities to comment on the commercial operators’ proposals before they are lodged with the Traffic Commissioner.

“By sharing the operators’ proposals with all 29 elected members of Dundee City Council and its communities officers last week, we are seeking comments and suggestions which will be collated and then discussed with the operators before they submit their final proposals to the Traffic Commissioner.”