Bus operator focuses on Fintry
Xplore Dundee Commercial Assistant Marc Winsland and Managing Director Elsie Turbyne brief local councillors
Xplore Dundee is looking for the views of local people as it considers improvements to bus services in Fintry and Maryfield.
The city’s main bus operator is taking a close look at the timetables for services 32 and 33, which have recently faced problems with reliability.
Xplore Dundee Managing Director Elsie Turbyne said: “The big challenge with these services is the very busy Forfar Road. Rising volumes of traffic on this trunk road combined with an ongoing programme of roadworks throughout Dundee have made it extremely difficult for us to keep the 32 and 33 running to time.
“We’re also examining the surrounding areas and notice a number of changes which have taken place or are planned for this part of the city, including new housing developments. We’re carrying out this route review because we think it might be time to make some alterations to these services which would not only improve reliability but also extend the public transport provision for local people.”
Over the next few weeks, Xplore Dundee will consult with the public on the proposed changes to this service. Managers will meet with residents of the various communities served by the 32/33, including Fintry, Linlathen, Maryfield, Mill o’Mains, Stobswell and Whitfield at a series of public meetings to be held throughout November. Members of the public are also invited to express their views via email or telephone or by submitting a comment card which can be posted or dropped into the Travel Centre in Commercial Street.
Throughout the process, the company’s managers will also maintain a dialogue with the local authority, which began with a briefing session for councillors yesterday at Xplore Dundee’s Dock Street depot.
Elsie Turbyne said: “We want to make sure the people who use these services get the chance to have their say. We realise that, for many of these communities, the bus is the main link helping people to access friends and relatives, as well as shops and other amenities.
“We’re giving this route special attention because of the scale of the potential changes to this long-standing service; but before we make any decisions we need to know what people want and what kind of service they are most likely to use. I would encourage local residents to come along to the meetings and help us to shape the future transport provision for their community.”
All feedback will be taken into consideration and the results of the consultation will be published in full in January 2018, with a view to implementing any changes during Spring.
A consultation document outlining the full details of the process will be available online at xploredundee.com and there are public information displays at local community centres and libraries. The first public meetings take place tomorrow (Wednesday 1st November) at the North East Regeneration Forum at 6pm and at the Stobswell Forum at 7pm.