Ayrshire Post

Stagecoach cancel even more services

- PAUL BEHAN

There’s been widespread disruption to passengers using Stagecoach West Scotland buses in and out of Ayr this week.

The operator announced on Friday hundreds of cancellati­ons to services from Monday, September 13 until this Friday, September 16.

Last week The Post told how the operator came in for criticism after announcing numerous cancellati­ons to the number 6 service from Boswell Park to Marchburn, the number 2 service, which operates between Carrick Street and Marchburn, the number 3 service from Kincaidsto­n to Whitletts and to the number 11 Kilmarnock to Ardrossan service.

But this week even more services were cancelled and they affected passengers intending to use the number 2, 3, 6 and 52 services- as well as the X77 services from Glasgow to Ayr.

Fiona Doherty, managing director at Stagecoach West Scotland, said: “Like many transport operators across the UK we have driver shortages. We never want to cancel our services and that is why we are actively recruiting for new drivers who already hold PCV licences, as well as trainee drivers, at all our depots across the West of Scotland. We are working hard to liaise with our customers, including schools and hospitals, to update them in advance of any changes.

“From September 20, Ayr Service 2 and 6 will operate on a revised timetable, operating every 20 minutes during the day, details will be available on stagecoach­bus.com/service-updates.”

The Strathclyd­e Partnershi­p for Transport (SPT), who oversee regional public transport in the area, said the situation was “concerning”.

A spokespers­on added: “We continue to engage with Transport Scotland and the bus industry on this key issue. ”

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Revised The no 2 service in Ayr

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