Council scrap no13 bus - is it unlucky?

Residents are angered that local bus services are being eroded
Residents are angered that local bus services are being eroded

LOCAL residents have reacted with anger after learning the “essential’’ No13 bus will be scrapped across Levenmouth next month.

The Stagecoach service, which was wholly subsidised by Fife Council, cost the cash-strapped authority a whopping £365,000 a year to run.

As a result, the bus, which solely served residential areas such as Poplar Road in Methil, Buckhaven’s Eagle Road and Lower East Wemyss, will stop on August 12.

However, Helen Robertson of Poplar Road said: “This is the only bus to serve streets such as ours and we are going to be stranded.

“What are old people going to do? If you are infirm you cannot walk far!”

The bus was used by 800 people a day and Cllr Jim Young claimed its loss to the community was incalculable.

“I am concerned. This is an essential service for Levenmouth, serving doctors’ surgeries, including Leven Health Centre and Muiredge, Methilhaven Care Home, Adam Smith College and the DWP building on Victoria Road - and also serves Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy,” he said.

“It also provides a late night service coming through from Kirkcaldy to Levenmouth.”

In March, members of the Council’s executive committee - chaired by Alex Rowley - met in private and voted to scrap the service.

Only recently has that decision filtered through to the general public .

However, councillors Jim Young and David Graham have been battling behind the scenes in a bid to find a solution and vow to continue their campaign.

They have met with Cllr Pat Callaghan, spokesman for the environment and transportation, and East Wemyss Community Council.

Cllr Graham said: “I am very aware of the financial constraints the Council is under at present.

“However, at the same time I share the concerns of both my fellow councillors and the local community that this decision is going to hit certain parts of the community very hard. “

Gary Moyes, transportation lead professional, said the Council - which faces a £100m budget deficit - was forced to provide a more economical service.

Furthermore, other buses served 90 per cent of the route.

“From August 12, the 13 service will run between West Wemyss and Kirkcaldy. The other part of the route between Leven and Mountfleurie will be serviced by the new number 47 service,” he said.

“Although some streets will no longer be serviced, the stops on the main bus route are within reasonable walking distance.

Mr Moyes added:” For people who are unable to walk to the main road Ring & Ride services will be extended to cover Levenmouth and East Wemyss.”