Locals fear plans to change Dundee bus services will leave them in the lurch

The Xplore 33 bus, one of two services which could be rerouted in a bid to improve reliability.

A petition has been launched in a bid to stop two Dundee services from being rerouted.

Xplore Dundee is looking to improve the reliability of services 32 and 33, which the firm’s bosses have admitted rarely run on time.

Proposals were unveiled at public meetings where the company revealed it intends to cut out Forfar Road on the 32 and 33 routes.

Congestion on Forfar Road was previously identified as the main cause of bus delays.

Following the meeting, a petition calling for the current route to be saved has been launched.

Already, it has gathered almost 100 signatures.

Mill o’ Mains resident Michael Hughes, 54, who created the petition, said under the new plans he would have to walk 20 minutes from his house to the nearest bus stop.

He said: “As I stay at the back of Mill o’ Mains, to get to the new nearest stops at Charles Bowman Avenue and Fintry Road would be at least a 20-minute walk.

“The only other bus that serves the area is the 236 which only comes every hour — if I miss that, it will mean a lengthy walk.

“I started the petition mainly for pensioners and disabled people. But people with children will also be affected.”

At a recent public meeting on the planned changes, Xplore presented two proposed routes, both of which use Pitkerro Road as a means of cutting out Forfar Road.

In the first plan, there would be a two-way split at Glenconnor Drive.

The 32 would go along Glenconnor Drive, Fountainbleau Drive and then continue along Fintry Road to terminate at Findowrie Street.

Service 33 would continue on Pitkerro Road creating a new link to the Iceland supermarket before turning on to Longhaugh Road.

Xplore managing director Elsie Turbyne said the firm is trying to find the best way of providing a reliable and punctual bus service which can be accessed by as many areas as possible.

She added: “The purpose of the current consultation is to involve our passengers in identifying solutions to the challenges posed by the congested Forfar Road.

“There are no plans to withdraw the 32/33 — this service is not under threat and no changes will be made at all if that is the clear preference of local residents.

“We aren’t going to rush into any decisions on this complex issue and want to make sure we take the time to gather a wide range of opinions from all sections of the local community.

“This is why we’re meeting with local councillors and community groups, attending public meetings and accepting the views of local people via phone, email and comment cards.”