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20 Jul 2017
Following a recent public consultation on proposed changes to bus services operated in Ayrshire, Stagecoach West Scotland has announced a number of changes to its original service proposals. The new network of services will now take effect from 17th September 2017, and have been amended as a result of a comprehensive evaluation of passenger and public feedback.
The timetable changes were proposed due to a considerable change in passenger travelling habits over recent years. This has been driven by changes to working patterns, shopping patterns and the decrease in the relative cost of car ownership, which has led to a decrease in overall passenger numbers. At the same time congestion on roads has increased and operating costs have risen.
Tom Bridge Managing Director, Stagecoach West Scotland said: “We need to provide services that reflect current travel patterns and are sustainable, allowing us to invest in our employees and vehicles.
“Throughout the consultation period we have had a number of comments asking us to leave services as they are, or indeed to increase service provision. However, this is simply not a realistic option.
“We have made a number of amendments to our proposals based on feedback during the consultation period, a number of which will not be sustainable in the longer term if we do not see improved passenger numbers and action from relevant authorities on congestion and better bus priority measures. Our staff work extremely hard every day to provide good quality services to you, our passengers, and we value every journey that you make. However we must have viable services and as such we encourage you to support your local bus services to ensure that they can continue to operate.”
A leaflet explaining the change to each route and, in particular, any change to stopping arrangements in Ayr Town Centre, will be produced and full timetables will also be available in the coming weeks, in printed format and on our website. The changes to the original proposal are set out below:
Stagecoach West Scotland would like to thank all of those who took the time to comment on the proposals and all those passengers who travel on its network of services.