Olympic mission for local bus services?

The Glenrothes area may not feature in track, or field at the world’s biggest multi-sports event, reports MIKE DELANEY.

But ‘good little runners’ that operate in the town and the surrounding area may be hitting the streets of London during this summer’s Olympic Games.

The ‘Gazette’ can reveal that Stagecoach, the main bus operator in Fife, will be providing buses to supply the huge demand for transport in the British capital as it hosts the games for the first time in 64 years.

A massive operation will see the company supply around 5,500 vehicles and 1,350 drivers - half the total transport contract requirement for London 2012 - from areas all over the country.

But passengers back home have been assured that their services will not be affected, despite the switch of vehicles and their drivers for the games and the Paralympics which will follow later in the year.

A company spokeswoman said it was not in a position to confirm the areas from which the vehicles and employees will be sourced.

But she added: “We are honoured to have been selected as a transport provider for London 2012 and we look forward to playing our part in the successful delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We will be responsible for a number of contracts as part of our agreement with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

“Around 1100 vehicles and 2,700 drivers will be required in total for the main Olympics and Paralympics contract.

“Stagecoach will supply approximately half of this requirement and this will be a mix of new buses, vehicles from our reserve fleet across the United Kingdom and spare vehicles not normally required for use at that time of year.

“The remainder of the drivers and vehicles will be sourced from other bus operators as determined by LOCOG.

“Our bus services across the UK will run as normal throughout both the Olympics and Paralympics.”

The company was recruiting for drivers recently, but it is not known if this was in connection with the games.

It isn’t the Glenrothes area’s first contribution to the games. Material from Lomond Quarry, outside Leslie, which is owned by the town-based Skene Group, was used in the construction of the Olympic Stadium.