The consultation process for the proposed withdrawal of a bus service has been slammed after around 20 people were left stranded in the rain.
A public meeting — organised by Stagecoach — was held to discuss the proposed withdrawal of the 77 bus which links Gauldry and Invergowrie.
But the early morning event was met with frustration, with around 20 people left standing in the rain because it was held on a mini bus.
Flora Morrison, 77, a Kingoodie resident, said the meeting, near Invergowrie Primary School, was “just ticking a box” for the bus company.
She said: “The meeting was held on a bus which could only fit just over half of those who turned up.
“Between 40 and 50 people were there and only a certain amount could actually fit.
“About 20 people were soaked standing outside trying to hear what was being said.
“The consultation itself was no better as next to no information, other than the bus being potentially cancelled, was made clear.
“It felt like the meeting was held just to tick a box.”
Douglas Robertson, commercial director for Stagecoach East Scotland, said: “We have held a number of drop in sessions to invite feedback from customers on our proposed service changes.
“Our recent drop-in session in Invergowrie was well attended.
“However, we’re sorry some people were unable to board the bus.
“Despite this, our managers did their best to make sure they spoke to all those who attended and we would like to thanks those who gave their views.
“Anyone who has not yet provided their feedback can also do so online.”
Consultations have been carried out by Stagecoach and Xplore since last week.