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30 Oct 2017
The changes to the network are designed to improve the long term sustainability of the network and will focus on improving reliability and addressing revised demand for routes.
The company recently asked customers, staff and stakeholders for feedback after it published details of potential plans to revise local bus services in the area.
Stagecoach have been working with Perth & Kinross Council’s Public Transport Unit, discussing both commercial routes and those operated under contract to the Council. A number of proposals were revised as part of these discussions and through feedback received from staff and customers.
The revised timetables have now been confirmed and have been announced on the Stagecoach bus website, with full timetables available to download (www.stagecoachbus.com). Timetables will be also be available on buses in early November.
Douglas Robertson, Commercial Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "Many services in the Perth and Kinross areas have not been significantly changed for a number of years, yet the economy and people's travel patterns have evolved considerably over the years. There are a range of traffic and operational conditions affecting us on a daily basis so we've constructed our network revisions to consider current and future road developments, customer demand and changing travel habits.
"We received some great feedback from customers and staff during our consultation process and we've made a number of improvements to the initial proposals."
The revisions will include improved bus frequencies within West Perthshire and in the Blairgowrie area. New service 15 and 15A timetable will provide a 30 minute frequency between Perth and Crieff during the daytime on Monday to Friday and Saturday. Service 15 journeys will continue from Crieff to Comrie and St Fillans, every hour to Comrie and approximately two hourly to St Fillans. Service 15A journeys continue from Crieff to Stirling every hour.
Within the Blairgowrie area a better spread of departures will be introduced on services 57 and 59, along with an increased Sunday frequency. Service 57 journeys will run hourly on Sundays between Perth and Blairgowrie, and two-hourly between Blairgowrie and Dundee. Combined with service 59, this offers journeys between Blairgowrie and Dundee up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, and hourly on Sundays, with the same frequencies between Blairgowrie and Perth.
Douglas continued: "Thanks to comments on our proposals from residents in the Oakbank area of Perth, and following further discussions with Perth & Kinross Council we have revised our 7 / 7A proposal which we think will address the concerns raised."
Stagecoach Gold service 7 will be improved to offer increased frequencies, up to every ten minutes, and more journeys. The route will extend to Scone park & ride, providing more frequent departures in place of service 57, which will no longer serve the park & ride site. At Hillend, journeys will operate in alternate directions either as service 7 via Hillend and Western Edge as they do currently, or as new service 7A via Ettrick Drive and Hillend, allowing easier local journeys to be made in both directions around these residential parts of the city. New service 7B will run via Western Edge and Hillend. Both services 7A and 7B will serve Broxden park & ride, replacing service 301 and providing an enhanced service, including evenings and Sundays. The overall service frequency will increase to every 10 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evenings.
A full list of the revisions, as well as the new timetables, is available on stagecoachbus.com.