Stagecoach in the Highlands are planning to introduce an improved network of services in the Inverness area in November and would like to know our passengers' views about the proposed changes.
If you would like to comment on these proposals we will be holding drop in sessions where staff will be available to gain feedback from bus users about how we hope to take these routes forward.
Staff from Stagecoach in the Highlands will be available as follows:
Monday 06 September 2010 - Hilton Community Centre , Hilton Village between 0900-1100
Tuesday 07 September 2010 - Charleston Academy, General Booth Road between 1530 - 1800
Wednesday 08 September 2010 - Culloden Library, Keppoch Road between 1500-1600 and 1800- 1930
Thursday 09 September - Merkinch Community Centre, Coronation Road between 1700-1900
Friday 10 September 2010 - Spectrum Centre, Farraline Park between 1530-1800
Alternatively if you are unable to make it to the above consultations but would still like to comment please email email@example.com, clearly highlighting which service (s) you are referring to.
Below are the proposed timetables for the routes as well as a summary of the potential changes with a planned start date of 15th November 2010. Click here to see a network map for the proposed services.
To view the draft timetables, please click on the service number.
Proposed Bus Service changes in the Inverness area
The proposed changes to bus services in Inverness area provides for improved frequencies to many areas. A small number of areas will have a reduced frequency. Where reductions have been made the resources saved have been reinvested in the network. The decision has been taken to maintain lightly used evening services and improve a number of Sunday services.
New service 2 will operate between Wester Craigs, Kinmylies and Merkinch to the City and Raigmore Hospital every 30 minutes extending to Westhill [Culloden Road] with many buses extending to either Kessock View or Croy and Piperhill on an hourly basis. Although the bus into Kessock View will be reduced, an improved 20 minute service will be available on the main road using Service 3.
Wester Craigs SNH would in future only be served by this service every 30 minutes.
New service 3 between Highfield and Mile End to the City will be improved to run every 20 minutes [at present every 30]. Buses will be linked across the City to Raigmore Hospital, Towerhill, Smithton and Culloden.
New service 4 will operate between New Hilton and Milton Of Leys via Raigmore Hospital to the City and then to Dalneigh. Buses will operate every 60 minutes from Milton Of Leys or New Hilton combining to a bus every 30 minutes from Raigmore hospital to Dalneigh via City centre.
A Sunday service will be introduced between Dalneigh and the City.
In terms of the service to Milton Of Leys, the frequency of service and route will not be decided until after public consultation . Two options are available an hourly more direct service to the City or a bus every 30 minutes with a longer journey time.
Service 5 will be enhanced to operate between either Inshes Park or Milton Crescent via New Hilton and Old Hilton to the City and through to Inverness Retail Park, Smithton and Culloden. Buses will be run every 10 minutes for much of the day. After Culloden buses will split to operate every 20 minutes to Oakdene Park or Balloch. Although this will mean a reduction of buses at Milton Crescent it will improve frequencies at Inshes Park, Smithton, Culloden, Balloch and Oakdene Park.
An improved Sunday service will be introduced doubling the frequency between the City, and Smithton and Culloden.
New service 6 will maintain a service to the Holm Park, Holm Dell and Culduthel Farm areas. Buses will operate both ways round a circle providing two buses each hour.
Service 7 which serves the Lochardil area will operate to a revised timetable with no change to frequency. This service will no longer be linked to buses to the Black Isle which will improve reliability. An extra evening journey will also be provided.
Service 8 serving Raigmore Estate will be have a revised timetable but maintaining its existing frequency.This service will no longer be linked to country services which will improve reliability.
New Service 9 will operate between the City and South Kessock largely replacing Service 2. Although buses would no longer operate through to Raigmore Hospital, links to the Hospital from the Merkinch are maintained by new service 2. Buses will operate every 30 minutes.
Although services 5C which is very lightly used will be withdrawn we will be working with the community to provide a link to the MacKenzie Centre.
The very lightly used service to the Archive Centre will be withdrawn.
The works service to the Longman will continue unaltered.
In addition to the changes being made in the City, a number of changes will be introduced in the country area
Service 26 will be altered so as to no longer operate through the City to Lochardil. This will improve reliability. Although most areas will receive the same level of service as at present, it has not been possible to maintain two buses an hour to and from Rosemarkie. The proposal will reduce this to hourly.
Service 27 which provides the main service between Inverness and Dingwall will have a number of alterations. Many of the buses which presently terminate in Dingwall will extend to Strathpeffer which will improve the service. Following earlier customer feedback , more buses will operate from Inverness in the afternoon. Additionally the Sunday service will be enhanced by the introduction of direct buses between Inverness and Dingwall through to Strathpeffer. This will reduce the travel time to Dingwall by half.
The main change to Service 28 is that it would no longer be interworked with Service 27. This will improve reliability as buses will no longer be subject to delays incurred on the Kessock Bridge. Most buses will be retimed to reflect this.