Meet­ings to iron out bus prob­lems

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY STEVEN RAE

COUN­CIL­LORS are set to meet with bus op­er­a­tors three times a year to try to iron out is­sues with ser­vices.

The SNP’s Lynne Short, the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s city de­vel­op­ment con­vener, has asked mem­bers of the other three po­lit­i­cal par­ties to take part along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Xplore, Stage­coach and Mof­fat and Wil­liamson.

Ms Short said it was im­por­tant the par­ties worked to­gether with the op­er­a­tors to de­liver the best pos­si­ble ser­vice.

And she said the dis­cus­sions could al­low for for­ward plan­ning and ad­dress is­sues from both the pub­lic and the com­pa­nies’ per­spec­tives.

Ge­orge Devine, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Mof­fat and Wil­liamson, wel­comed the meet­ings. He said: “It could be that some­one is hav­ing is­sues be­cause, for ex­am­ple, there’s not a suit­able route serv­ing their area.

“We can as­sess if we, the other op­er­a­tors and the coun­cil, can where pos­si­ble do any­thing to ad­dress that and per­haps give al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tions.”

The first meet­ing to be held next month has been or­gan­ised just days af­ter a petition was launched in a protest over a change of route by the city’s largest bus firm.

Xplore is look­ing to im­prove the re­li­a­bil­ity of ser­vices 32 and 33 and has re­vealed plans to cut out For­far Road on the routes.

Michael Hughes, 54, from Mill o’ Mains, launched the petition and said he has since been told by Xplore that the petition would not be ac­cepted as it had been con­ducted on­line.

He said: “As far as these fur­ther meet­ings go, it seems like de­ci­sions are al­ready made.

“If one is held next month, I think that will al­ready be too late for us.

“Con­sul­ta­tions need to start far ear­lier when a ser­vice is pos­si­bly be­ing changed.”

Elsie Tur­byne, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Xplore Dundee, said: “I hope these meet­ings will help to strengthen our al­ready strong work­ing re­la­tion­ships.”

Com­ment­ing on the petition, she said: “The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion we have launched gives ev­ery­one who lives on and around the route of ser­vices 32/33 to pro­vide feed­back to us on their lo­cal bus.

“Any­one who thinks we should leave the bus route ex­actly as it is should tell us di­rectly so that we can take their views into con­sid­er­a­tion.”

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