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Stagecoach in the Highlands are planning to introduce an improved network of services and are holding public consultations to gain feedback on the proposed changes from passengers across the area.

Last Updated : 11 February 2011 13:54

Stagecoach in the Highlands are planning to introduce an improved network of services and are holding public consultations to gain feedback on the proposed changes from passengers across the area.

 Staff from Stagecoach will be available at the following locations to highlight the proposed changes and hear any comments from the public which will be taken into consideration before the routes are registered with the traffic commissioner.

• Monday 7th February 2011
1000-1200 Alness West End Community Centre, Firhill
1300-1500 Alness Heritage Centre
1600-1800 Invergordon Town Hall, Invergordon

• Wednesday 09 February 2011
1430 - 1630 Tain Youth Cafe

• Thursday 17 February 2011
1930-2100 Evanton Jubillee Hall

Consultations will take place during the same week at both Tain and Evanton with times and locations to be confirmed.

 The proposed changes to bus services provides for improved journey times from Tain Invergordon and Alness to Inverness. The local network within Easter Ross has also been modified to reflect the changes being made to the mainline  service. Overall we have used the same resources and improved the frequency of service to a number of places in the peak hours, however there are also a few places where poorly used services have been reduced.

Service 24 Tain - Portmahomack will have minor retimings to improve connections at Tain to and from Inverness.

Service 25 [Inverness] - Dingwall - Invergordon - Tain will be altered to operate between Dingwall and Evanton where connections will be provided to and from Alness, Invergordon and Tain. Evening buses will continue to operate through from Inverness to Tain.

The 25X service from Inverness to Dornoch will be revamped as under:
One bus an hour will operate from [Service 25X] Inverness to Dornoch via Alness, Invergordon and Tain with one bus [Service 25] an hour will operate between Inverness and Invergordon [Health Centre] via Evanton, Alness Estates and South Lodge. The two buses will combine to offer two buses an hour between Inverness and Invergordon.
In order to improve journey times during the morning and evening rush hours, a new Service [X98] will be introduced which will serve all stops from Brora to Tain, then selected stopping points to Inverness.
Using data available and feedback from customers and staff, buses arriving in Inverness in the morning rush hour will have additional running time to ensure the arrival time in Inverness. Evening buses from Inverness will be retimed to allow for improved connections from the East off service 10.
On a Sunday evening the last bus from Inverness which presently terminates in Invergordon, will be extended to Tain.

Two additional buses will be provided between Dingwall and Inverness on Service 27 to replace buses at present operating on Service 25.

The Tain - Seaboard Villages [renumbered Service 30], is operated on behalf of Highland Council. The community are being offered two options;
Option 1 is similar to that presently operated - a bus every two hours from Tain via  Hill Of Fearn, Hilton, Balintore and Shandwick through Invergordon and onto Inverness.
Option 2 offers a greatly enhanced service [ hourly] between Tain and the Seaboard with buses operating  two way circles: out via Hill Of Fearn, Hilton, Balintore, Shandwick, Arabella, Tain or vice versa. Good connections at Tain to and from Inverness. The proposals will be discussed at the Meeting in xxxxxxxxxxxxx on Wednesday 09 February 2011.

Service 130 Tain - Nigg is a school service which will be unchanged.

Service X99 which provides the main link between Caithness and Sutherland to Inverness will be altered to provide greatly enhanced connections at both John O’ Groats and Gills Bay ferry terminals with coaches meeting most ferry arrivals and departures. In order to give faster times from Caithness to Inverness coaches will operate from Tain to Inverness direct via A9.  To further improve journey times, coaches from Scrabster/Thurso will operate direct via Causewaymire with connecting buses from Gills Bay and Wick connecting at Dunbeath. The Coastal villages will have improved facilities with buses operating via both Lybster and Dunbeath Villages. Owing to the very limited use made of the facility, it is proposed coaches bypass Invergordon and Alness during the day and the two peak journeys from Inverness at 1630 and 1740 will also by pass Tain. There are extra journeys add into service 25X to replace these..

Your comments are welcome and may be made either in writing, or e-mail to highland.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com or visit one of our drop in sessions being held on

Please find timetables for the 25X and 30 service by clicking here.