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07 Nov 2014
Stagecoach staff at the Cowdenbeath depot are taking to the road for Children in Need - but not on a bus.
A team of drivers and admin staff from the depot plan to walk the length of a bus route for the charity, which will see them cover around 38 miles on Saturday (8th Nov).
The staff have selected popular route 19, the depot's flagship route, which operates from Ballingry to Rosyth, via Lochgelly, Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline.
The drivers will begin at the depot on Broad Street, Cowdenbeath at 6am on Saturday 8th November, walking to Ballingry first, then returning via Benarty, Lochgelly, Lumphinnans and back into Cowdenbeath. The team will continue towards Hill of Beath and into Crossgates before reaching Halbeath Park and Ride. The next section of route takes the team into Dunfermline bus station and through Rosyth before returning on the same route to Cowdenbeath.
The walkers anticipate the journey will take around 12 hours to complete and they'll be walking in fancy dress too.
Those walking the full route are Angela Macfie, William Kelly, Jim Aitken, Amie Waterson and Niall Douglas.
Tom Wardlaw, Operations Manager, Cowdenbeath depot said: "The team of walkers are really excited about their efforts and we all applaud their efforts. Our passengers can be very supportive so will be looking out for them, and I hope the team will be able to raise as much as possible for Children in Need.
"A number of additional staff will join them for part of their journey, but we need some to continue to drive the 19 route too!"
Route 19 in Fife is the oldest public transport route in the region, having begun, in part, as a tramline between Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath in 1909. The route was extended to Lochore in 1912 and lasted 28 years until the tram service ended in 1937.
When the buses took over from the trams in 1937, it was shortly after that the route was extended to Ballingry. The Dunfermline – Ballingry route number remained 314 until the mid/late 70’s, when this changed to the route 19. At one time this route was the busiest “penny fare” route in Scotland.
Still one of the most popular and frequent routes in Fife, the 19 operates up to every 10 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every 20 minutes on Sundays.