Have your say on plans to axe hospital bus

The possible loss of the X42 service has prompted concern
The possible loss of the X42 service has prompted concern

People in Cupar are being given the chance to have their say on controversial plans to axe the direct X42 bus service from the town to Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital.

Stagecoach is to hold a consultation event in Crossgate tomorrow (Friday) at which passengers can speak to staff about the proposed changes.

Among those planning to attend are members of Fife Elderly Forum, who have expressed their dismay at the threatened loss of the service.

Douglas Robertson, commercial director, Stagecoach East Scotland, said: “The changes we are proposing to make to the X42 would see the route operating the same hourly frequency as it currently does.

“These changes will also mean the service will no longer serve Ninewells Hospital directly, which we appreciate will mean changes to some journeys for some people. However there are around 30 direct bus journeys per hour between Dundee city centre and the hospital, providing strong connections which are easy to access, and information will be available on our website and at stops to help people plan their journeys.

“The views of local people are very important to us. That is why our consultation period is designed to receive feedback from those using our services and we welcome comments via the online form at www.stagecoachbus.com or at our consultation event in Cupar Crossgate on Friday at 4pm-5.30pm, where we will be happy to discuss our timetable proposals and will present the newer vehicles to the community, prior to them being used on the X42 the following week.”

Read the full story in this week’s Fife Herald.