Following a public consultation in February, local bus operator Stagecoach has today announced new bus timetables to commence on 24th April 2017.
Bus services in Inverness, Easter Ross, Black Isle, Sutherland, Caithness, Fort William and Skye will be revised from 24th April, following the operator consulting on proposed changes in February. During the 2 week consultation Stagecoach received over 200 comments from customers in response to the proposals and all the comments received have been considered as plans were finalised.
Stagecoach have today confirmed that the revisions include -
· Improvements to bus connections in the Lochardil area of Inverness following customer feedback. Lochardil will be served by service 7 and the connection with Culduthel Road and the doctor surgery will be restored.
· Additional buses on Sunday mornings between Culloden and Inverness Shopping Park to be introduced also as a result of customer feedback
· Connections between Dingwall and Inverness available up to every 30 minutes Monday - Saturday, hourly on Sundays
· Routes of Services 2 and 3 in Westhill, Smithton and Culloden has been revised to better reflect travel habits of customers in these areas
· Brand new service 29 will be introduced providing links between Nigg and Tain Monday to Friday
· Summer journeys introduced on service X99 between Inverness and Thurso from 22nd May until 1 October 2017.
· Sunday journeys enhanced on Service 44 in Fort William
· Some further minor timing revisions to improve reliability across the area.
A brand new service 919 will also be introduced from 24th April by Scottish Citylink. The new 919 will replace the current service 19 operating between Fort William and Inverness and will also see a cross-city connection introduced to allow customers to connect to the Inverness Campus of UHI. Stagecoach will however continue to offer Service 19 journeys between Inverness and Urquhart Castle between 24th April and 1st October 2017.
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said: “We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the consultation and provided feedback to us. As we outlined when we started our consultation, there are a number of reasons for our decisions regarding some services, such as reduced patronage and changes to contracts with Highland Council, and sadly no change is not a sustainable option. I am however pleased that we have been able to find solutions for a number of the concerns raised with us, such as the Sunday service for our 44 Service to Kinlochleven and incorporating a diversion for peak time services to Alness Point on Service 25X. We are looking forward to welcoming passengers on to our new Highlands network from 24th April."
Full timetables are now available online at stagecoachbus.com and will be available in travel shops from next week.