Campaigners’ joy as bus firm does a U-turn

Julie Reilly, Rod Campbell and Stephen Gethins
Julie Reilly, Rod Campbell and Stephen Gethins

A Newburgh woman who pulled out all the stops to have a bus service restored is celebrating after a U-turn by the operators.

Julie Reilly launched a campaign following the withdrawal of the hourly 36/35 service between Newburgh and Perth last August, claiming that it left people stranded for hours and seriously impacted on elderly residents travelling to Perth for hospital appointments.

She started a petition that gained hundreds of signatures and got the support of local politicians.

And now Fife Council has confirmed that the operator, Stagecoach, is to extend the number 94 service to Abernethy to allow connections on schooldays with service 36.

It means that the long afternoon gap created when the 36/35 service was axed will be now filled. The new service will begin on May 5.

A delighted Julie said: “I would like to thank all of the campaigners and people in Newburgh and elsewhere who got behind this campaign.

“It brought together people from Newburgh and the surrounding area who depend on this service on a regular 

“It just goes to show that by making positive suggestions you can make a difference.”

The SNP Westminster candidate for north east Fife, Stephen Gethins, commented: “I know how important this service with Perth is for many people living in the Newburgh area.

“The gap in the afternoon was a real problem for people so congratulations to Julie Reilly and all of the campaigners in Newburgh for running an effective and positive campaign.”