Bus station staff are next on the cutting room table

Leven Bus Station, Shorehead, Leven.
Leven Bus Station, Shorehead, Leven.

A “savage” proposal to halve the number of staff working at Fife bus stations has prompted anger in Levenmouth.

The Mail has learned a meeting took place last week during which 15 members of staff heard their jobs could be next on the line to balance the books for Fife Council.

Despite increasing demand on services, the cash-strapped authority is required to save £100million over the next four years.

But the proposal – which is expected to be published later this month – would, if approved, affect a team of just three staff currently working at Leven’s Shorehead.

Commenting, local SNP councillor David Alexander said he failed to see how 
the station could operate on fewer staff and said he would oppose compulsory redundancies.

“These are savage cuts,” he said, “and they have to impact on the running of bus stations and other areas like security and traveller confidence.

“The Labour administration do seem to be targeting the travelling public with the cuts to subsidised services announced earlier.

“At a national level they have even described bus passes as “something for nothing”.

He concluded: “This is 
especially worrying for 
Levenmouth as we rely on buses more than other areas.”

Head of Fife Council’s transportation and environmental services Dr Bob McLellan told the Mail the savings proposal was one of a number being discussed across the Council.

“All services are in the process of preparing ideas and proposals for changes to the way we deliver services,” he said.

“Staff will be fully involved in any changes and discussions and it’s important to note that there will be no decisions taken until February next year.

“For the first time ever the Council will also be publishing all savings proposals and ideas for the public to comment on later this month.”