Published: 29/03/2017 07:00 - Updated: 29/03/2017 15:11

Local bus service saved ... for now

AN under-threat bus service is set to be maintained for "the time being".

Stagecoach have postponed cancellation of local bus services.
Stagecoach have postponed cancellation of local bus services.

Stagecoach North Scotland announced plans to keep the service between Findhorn, Kinloss and Forres but said it would be "essential that customers make use of it".

The number 36 bus was set to be axed as part of changes which were to be introduced on May 1.

Instead, a new service 31, will begin on Monday, May 8, linking Findhorn and Kinloss to Forres Medical Centre and Tesco.

However, no similar solution has been offered to passengers in Roseisle and Elgin who will still lose their service.

Mark Whitelocks, managing director of Stagecoach North Scotland, said: "Customer feedback is really important to us.

"Having reviewed all of the feedback we have received we are delighted to have found an alternative solution for the communities in Findhorn and Kinloss.

"It is critical now that all the people who came forward to tell us how much they value us providing this service make good use of it so as we can sustain its provision.

"Like all our services we will continue to closely monitor the new service 31 in the coming months to ensure it is sustainable for the future. Should there not be sufficient use made we will need to revisit our decision."

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead responded: "The announcement is welcome and will bring some relief to these communities and local residents who feared they would be left stranded."

Moray-based Highlands and Islands MSP Douglas Ross reiterated the message from Stagecoach and encouraged people to make use of the bus service.

He added: "I am grateful to Stagecoach for listening to the concerns which were raised and welcome the delay in changing the timetable, however, there are still many people in our local community who will suffer with these changes."

New timetables and network maps will be available from April 17 ahead of the new services starting on May 8.

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