Let's talk... about supported bus journeys in Mid-Fife

Archived news: published on Friday 17 May 2019 by Fife Council

Bus Station

Bus Station

Residents of Mid Fife are being asked to share information about how and why they use local bus services as part of a consultation running from Monday 20 May – Sunday 30 June 2019.
 

The Council spends just over £4 million a year to support Fife bus services which otherwise wouldn’t be commercially viable for the operators to run.


The following bus services in Mid Fife are fully or partly subsidised by the council:


B1, L3, 36, M4, 11, 12, 14A, 14, 108, 13, 13A, 32, 32A, 33B, 37, 37A, 41B, 43A, 44A, 45, 49, 66, 66A, 67, 67A, 67B


Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of the Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee urged people who use buses in Mid Fife to get involved in the consultation.


“As a council we fund buses on routes, or at times, when it may not make good business sense to run a service, but where it would cause a real problem for communities to be without them. These tend to be mainly evening and weekend services or day time services serving smaller, rural communities,” he said.


Continued Cllr Craik, “Over two million journeys are made around Fife each year on buses that the council pay for, so it’s really important we review them regularly to make sure they’re still meeting people’s needs.


“This consultation is not about the customer service people receive from bus operators. This is about understanding where people are travelling to and from when they take the bus in Mid Fife, the facilities they need to visit, and the times they need – or would prefer - to travel. This information will be used when we renew the contracts for subsidised services in the area in August 2020.”


You can take part in the consultation from Monday 20 May in a number of ways:

  • Go to www.fifedirect.org.uk/BusSurvey
  • Pick up a questionnaire from Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy or Leven bus stations
  • Look out for people surveying passengers on the bus services listed above
  • Drop in to speak to someone at one of the following times/locations:
    • Glenrothes bus station, Monday 17 or Wednesday 26 June, 18:30 – 20:30
    • Leven bus station, Wednesday 12 or Tuesday 25 June, 18:30 – 20:30
    • Kirkcaldy bus station, Wednesday 29 May or Thursday 20 June, 18:30 – 20:30
  • Call 03451 55 55 555 ext 444371 to have a questionnaire sent to you


Bus passengers in the South and West of Fife were consulted in the same way last year, and those in North and East Fife will be consulted next year in line with the contracts we have in place with operators.  


Supporting local bus services is just one way the council helps residents of all ages travel around the Kingdom and a wider conversation about council-funded passenger transport is being planned.

 

Altany Craik, Councillor 
Tel: 07982318535 Contact Altany Craik online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT
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