14 May 2015
Stagecoach East Scotland has announced the planned closure of Cowdenbeath bus depot following the loss of a number of school and local bus contracts in the West Fife area.
The announcement today (Thursday 14th May 2015) follows weeks of consultations regarding the school and local bus contracts awarded by Fife Council.
While more than 80% of Stagecoach East Scotland services are operated on a commercial basis without any public sector investment, part of the company's workload includes operating services on behalf of local authorities, in the same way that other organisations deliver contracts for local councils.
Stagecoach East Scotland submitted bids for all contracts proposed for South and West Fife schools and local bus services, however the company has been offered a significantly reduced level of work compared to previous years.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "It is with deep regret I must formally announce the planned closure of that Cowdenbeath Depot in August.
"This has been a very difficult decision, and we have looked at a number of alternative options, however with such a reduction in the contracts we have been awarded, it is simply not affordable to continue running fewer services while facing the same operating costs. As such, we have unfortunately had to make this regrettable decision in the interests of the long-term future of our business.
"I would like to assure employees that we will be working to re-deploy staff to other local depots and find suitable alternative roles as far as possible."
A total of 141 staff are based at the Cowdenbeath depot, including 111 drivers. The company is currently consulting with trade union representatives over the potential impact on jobs and employees will also be able to discuss the issue directly with senior management.
It is expected that the majority of employees will relocate to other Stagecoach depots. In addition, customers have been reassured that all of Stagecoach's commercial services will continue to operate as normal, from the company's other depots.
The planned closure is expected to take place at the end of operations on Sunday 16th August 2015.