Hunter angry at Council bus plans

Buses at Leven Bust Station
Buses at Leven Bust Station

A LOCAL councillor has reacted angrily to claims by Fife Council that it has retained bus services in Levenmouth, despite financial pressure.

Councillor Alistair Hunter has accused the local authority of taking political spin “to a new level”, after it said that most subsidised bus routes had been maintained.

Cllr Hunter said: “To claim that bus services have been retained could not be further from the truth. Despite promising to provide alternatives to cuts, Fife Labour has slashed local bus services budget and is now slashing local bus services as a result.”

Fife Council announced last week that it has re-tendered contracts for subsidised bus routes in mid Fife, coming into effect in August.

Although many services remain unchanged, in Leven, evening and Sunday journeys on services 48/49 will no longer operate as circles. Instead, the southern section between Kennoway, Methilhill, Buckhaven, Methil and Leven is retained and extended to serve Mountfleurie while the northern section between Kennoway and Leven will be covered by another service.

Cllr Pat Callaghan, executive spokesman for transport, said: “It’s been a challenge to maintain services in the current financial climate but, unlike a number of well publicised cases in England where some Councils have completely removed all subsidised services,

‘‘I’m pleased that we’ve been able to maintain a network in mid Fife that keeps communities served. Managing the cost increases has been difficult but we have analysed passenger data and the comments received in an extensive consultation exercise last year to shape the network that we will fund from August.”

Cllr Hunter said the Council was trying to cover up cuts, adding: “Buses provide a lifeline to employment, healthcare, social inclusion and community life for the most vulnerable in our communities and this is another example of Fife Labour are putting pounds before people.’’