A councillor has hit out at upcoming changes to Xplore Dundee bus services.
The changes are expected to go ahead a week on Sunday and will affect the number 5 being rerouted via Glamis Road.
West End Liberal Democrat councillor Fraser Macpherson has called on Christine McGlasson, managing director of Xplore Dundee, to rethink service alterations which affect West End locals.
Last year, the bus operator outlined timetable changes which it says will improve punctuality and safety.
Mr Macpherson said: “This would mean nothing apart from the 9 going west of Glamis Road on Perth Road and nothing at all running west of Tom McDonald Avenue on Perth Road. This is a large area of residential housing being affected adversely.”
The councillor also pointed out this is not the first time the 5 service had been affected by changes.
In August 2016, it was rerouted via Glamis Road so houses on the western part of Perth Road were left out from the route. Xplore Dundee then decided to change back to the old route last October.
Mr Macpherson said: “I am also concerned about possible reductions in service to the Technology Park and highlighted this to the company as well. Xplore Dundee said that the rationale for the proposal on the service 5 route was to meet demand on Dickson Avenue.
“I have pointed out that this could still be achieved by having the service 5 utilise Ninewells Avenue and not cut out any of the parts of Perth Road already covered, or by having a 5A and 5B version to ensure none of the current Perth Road route loses out.”
He has suggested if the service was to be timetabled in line with the 9 or 10, residents on Perth Road west of Glamis Road along to Ninewells Crescent would still receive a better service.
He added: “I have also said to Xplore Dundee that if the company is determined to go ahead with the service 5 change, that it commits to properly review the change after three months and reinstate the old route if it is shown that cutting out the western end of Perth Road is proving detrimental.”
A spokeswoman for Xplore Dundee said: “Our network is continually monitored and periodically revised to ensure we provide a service that is effective, efficient and equitable.
“We take very seriously our role in keeping Dundonians connected to access work and school, shops and hospitals, and everywhere else in between.
“Traffic patterns are changing all the time and we need to adapt to meet evolving needs.
“Service 5 is being re-routed via Dickson Avenue as it will be able to reach and benefit more people there.
“Access to and from the western end of the Perth Road will be maintained half-hourly (from early mornings until late at night) by Outer Circle services 9/10, which will continue to provide connections to the City Centre and Ninewells Hospital.
“We have taken steps to improve the reliability of the 9/10 to ensure it is a practical alternative for residents in that area.
“As with any changes introduced to our network, we appreciate that they will have an effect, however we believe that the changes will benefit more people overall.
“We will of course continue to monitor and review service performance should any of the changes not give the desired overall benefit of improvement punctuality to the public.”