Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bus service improvements welcomed

As reported in today's Courier, I have welcomed the new bus services that will be run by National Express Dundee as services tendered by Dundee City Council.    

The services include a daytime (Monday to Saturday) service that will link parts of Perth Road, Scott Street and Pentland with Lochee and St Mary’s, an evening service (again Monday to Saturday) that will link parts of Perth Road, Scott Street and Pentland with Ninewells Hospital as part of an Outer Circle Service and a Daytime Sunday service that will also link parts of Perth Road, Scott Street and Pentland with Ninewells Hospital as part of an Outer Circle Daytime Sunday Service.

I have been advised by the City Council’s Head of Transportation that the majority of the new services will commence on 30th June, some changes in the north west of city (some passing through West End at the Milnbank Road area) relating to Angus Council contracts will commence slightly earlier on 27th May.

It is also hoped that the 30th June changes will include details of Harris Academy school bus changes for when the school decants to the Rockwell site.   I am anxious to ensure there is good bus provision for pupils to easily get to Rockwell and this was planned to include additional services from both the Blackness Road and Perth Road areas.

I have long campaigned for improved bus services for the Logie and Pentland areas because at present people in the sheltered housing part of Logie, Scott Street and Pentland have no evening services and nothing at all in terms of bus services on a Sunday.   These new services will improve the situation and also create a welcome daytime link to Lochee.    There’s more could be done in terms of frequency and timetabling but I hope this can be further improved if the new services prove to be a success.