Not so unlucky 13... bus link is reinstated

Service between East Wemyss and Leven reinstated
Service between East Wemyss and Leven reinstated

The bus link between East Wemyss and Leven will be reinstated from next month following months of complaints from local residents.

Stagecoach made the announcement last week, and the new commerical route will be introduced next month.

The new 113 service replaces the former tendered 13, which was run by Stagecoach on behalf of Fife Council, which cancelled it last August.

The running of the service had previously cost the local authority £365,000 to run each year.

Speaking at the time, Councillor Jim Young said the loss to the community was “incalcuable”.

The new route will ensure that those living in East Wemyss again have access to the wider bus network. It will operate three return journeys daily, travelling via East Brae, Main Street and Michael Place, as well as serving the Bird Scheme in Buckhaven.

The route is set to begin on March 3 and will operate on a trial basis until August 2014.

If well used the bus route may continue longer term.

Andrew Jarvis, managing director, Stagecoach East Scotland, said following the changes, the company received a number of complaints.

He said: “It is through local consultation and discussion with the local councillors that we are now pleased to be able to reinstate a level of service to this area on a commercial basis and trial basis.”

Cllr Pat Callaghan, executive member for transport and environment, said: “Many people depend on bus services to get to appointments and to access shopping and other facilities.

“I’m delighted that Stagecoach have taken on board the views of councillors which in turn are the views of our constituents by introducing the new bus route.”