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24 May 2016
From Monday 6th June residents in the Ferintosh area of the Black Isle will be able to enrol in the new scheme which will provide a direct link from their home to a bus stop on the A9 or A835. The partnership between Stagecoach North Scotland, Back Isle Community Car Scheme and Ferintosh Community Council has been established in a bid to make public transport more accessible for all. The trial, subsidised by Stagecoach and the Black Isle Community Car Scheme, will offer the home-to-bus-stop connections for just £1 one-way or £2 return.
The Black Isle has a frequent bus service on the A9 and A835, however, the introduction of this trial scheme will provide an affordable link to public transport to the 2,000 residents within the area.
Bruce Morrison, Chair of Ferintosh Community Council said: "How do those of our residents, who are unable to drive, visit friends and family, make medical appointments, shop and generally lead a full independent life? Over the next three months the demand for this new bus link service will let us know if this form of community transport is part of the answer"
Steve Walker, Managing Director of Stagecoach North Scotland said: "We are always exploring new ways to make bus travel more accessible to members of the rural communities in the Highlands. We are delighted to be part of the Ferintosh Community Bus Link project and hope it will provide a convenient connection to onward travel by bus."
Jamie McJimpsey, Community Project Development Officer, Black Isle Community Car Scheme said: "This is a simple but good example of a cross sector partnership working approach which is directly seeking to address an identified community need in the Ferintosh area.”
The trial will be reviewed by all stakeholders at the end of August where a decision will be made if the scheme should become permanent.
If you live in the Ferintosh area and are interested in joining the scheme call 01349 862431 to enrol.