Call for bus bosses to amend new timeta­bles

The Oban Times - - News -

A LOCHABER coun­cil­lor has de­manded bus op­er­a­tors meet to dis­cuss ‘in­con­ve­nient changes’ to timeta­bles.

Anger over the new timeta­bles, to be in­tro­duced on Mon­day April 24, was mount­ing on Mon­day night as south Lochaber res­i­dents voiced their con­cerns at the Duror and Ken­tallen Com­mu­nity Coun­cil meet­ing.

As re­ported in the Lochaber Times on March 30, res­i­dents are feel­ing cut off as a re­sult of poor bus ser­vices.

Those feel­ings were echoed by more south Lochaber res­i­dents and two women who had trav­elled from Oban to the meet­ing on Mon­day night.

Fort Wil­liam and Ard­na­mur­chan coun­cil­lor An­drew Bax­ter pledged to de­mand a bus sum­mit be­tween Stage­coach and West Coast Mo­tors to dis­cuss the timetabling of buses on the en­tire length of the jour­ney be­tween In­ver­ness, Fort Wil­liam and Oban, ‘to see if some com­mon sense can pre­vail, mean­ing that the in­con­ve­nient changes to the Fort Wil­liam to Oban ser­vice are not needed’.

Ken­tallen res­i­dent Sally Mor­ris high­lighted con­cerns about West Coast Mo­tors chang­ing its 918 ser­vice from Fort Wil­liam to Oban from April 24.

Cur­rently a bus leaves Fort Wil­liam at 7pm but be­cause of ‘in­suf­fi­cient de­mand’ the ser­vice is be­ing with­drawn, to be re­placed with a 5.10pm bus.

At the meet­ing she said she was ‘re­ally up­set’ about the change and hoped some­thing could be done to stop changes. Mr Bax­ter said he would talk to the coun­cil about sup­port­ing an oc­ca­sional Duror to Bal­lachul­ish ser­vice to con­nect with the 44 Kin­lochleven to Fort Wil­liam ser­vice. He said he would also to talk to Stage­coach about the pos­si­bil­ity of ‘adding a loop’ into some jour­neys on the ex­ist­ing 44 ser­vice to reach other south Lochaber ar­eas. Res­i­dents high­lighted that the ser­vices to Fort Wil­liam and Oban are a life­line.

One woman said: ‘We are re­ally stuck where we live if ser­vices change. This is my ac­cess to a pint of milk.

‘A taxi is a dear do and there are many elderly peo­ple in this com­mu­nity who can’t drive or don’t want to drive, but have to to get to a shop.’

Mr Bax­ter told the Lochaber Times he will be writ­ing to the Trans­port Min­is­ter to high­light the prob­lems ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in North Ar­gyll and Lochaber are fac­ing when deal­ing with bus com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing com­mer­cial con­tracts but ig­nor­ing cus­tomers.

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