Outrage at plans to axe key Dundee bus route

A number 75 Stagecoach bus on Dundee Road heading into the centre of Dundee from Ethiebeaton Park

Councillors have hit out at Stagecoach bosses after the company announced it was considering ditching a key bus service in the city.

The 75 service, which runs from Ethiebeaton Park to Dundee, could be set to stop from May 14.

Conservative Ferry ward councillor Philip Scott said: “We were disappointed and concerned to hear that Stagecoach intends to stop the service 75.

“It will mean residents who live along Dundee Road will be left with no direct bus service into the city centre.”

Phillip Scott said bus services along Dundee Road have continued to be stripped back over the years, going from one every 15 minutes to an hourly service that runs only until the early afternoon, with no evening or weekend service.

He added: “There is a cluster of retirement properties along this route, and residents who have no private transport.

“This will cause great inconvenience to them. It’s going to affect people who use it for commuting.

“We intend to meet with the council’s transportation team to see what can be done to help.”

Liberal Democrat councillor for Broughty Ferry Craig Duncan said: “I will do my utmost to oppose this retrograde move and have been in touch with Stagecoach and Dundee City Council to see what may be done to prevent the axing of this service.”

Ben Lawrie, Angus councillor for Monifieth added: “This bus service is a great aid to elderly people and people with less mobility in getting up and down Grange Road safely.

“Residents are greatly concerned that this service may be scrapped and I would urge those with concerns to get in touch with Stagecoach to have their views heard.”

Douglas Robertson, commercial director for Stagecoach East Scotland said: “As part of our ongoing network reviews, we are considering a number of revisions in the area, including the withdrawal of service 75, which operates via Dundee, Broughty Ferry and Ethiebeaton Park.

“We have found usage of these journeys is continually very low, as much of the route is covered by other, more frequent services, 73/73A and 39.

“These potential revisions are still in the consultation stage and customers can provide their feedback on the proposals at stagecoachbus.com until Friday March 23.”