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Any changes you try to make to school transport will be met with opposition but it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done. One of the loudest voices about the need to change our culture and reduce carbon emissions is from young people at school – the climate action strike days show us that. Walking instead of being driven/bused to school needs to return to being the social norm. And for those who will say that it is unsafe – if we haven’t managed to educate our children in road safety by the time they are at High School then goodness knows what we are actually covering in the Curriculum for Excellence.
Bus services in general are working well. Bus passes for senior citizens are a must but could be restricted to those who are actually retired to save cost to the Council
Thank you for taking the time to contribute. The National Entitlement Card (i.e bus pass) is funded by the Scottish Government and not Fife Council.
There should be better timing in relation to long distance bus arrivals and local bus departures - e.g. X55 and 8 at Dunfermline Bus Station
Thank you for your feedback. Feedback like this is invaluable when planning and establishing new journeys and routes with the bus companies.
It would be great to see greater investment in cycle paths. I live in Blebo Craigs and would love to cycle along the Strathkinness low road but it's far too dangerous, especially for children (obviously - impossible!)
Thanks Anya. Fife Council's Roads and Transportation Services covers a wide range of services including: Sustainable Transport and Parking, Roads Design and Build, Roads and Street Lighting, Roads Maintenance, Roads Network Management, Structural Services (such as Bridges), Management of Assets, and Passenger Transport. They are all interlinked.
We particularly want to hear about what is working well with Passenger Transport, the services that we provide to keep people moving around Fife. This includes concessionary travel, door to door transport for older people, school transport and making sure buses can continue to run in the evenings and weekends to meet community need.
I agree with Anya. The Strathkinness Low Road is far too dangerous for all cyclists.
I have two family members who use the dial-a-ride/ring-and-ride service, and the people on the phone and the drivers are wonderful. Not only does this service help to promote independence and reduce social isolation, the support and reassurance it provides to carers is invaluable.
I think its important to stress that it is not only mobility that prevents the elderly from using the normal bus services. Those with eye sight and hearing issues can struggle, and be frightened they will fall or not be able to cross roads safely and without this service would not venture out into the world. In addition, I know a few people who use the service to attend church - one in particular who has onset dementia and the driver always makes sure he gets into his house safely on the return journey (amazing people).
I worry that some of these smaller services get overlooked in the bigger plans, and that the decision makers do not always fully understand the vital part they play in peoples lives
Thank you for your positive feedback on the Fife Bus services. To ensure fair representation and to allow everyone their chance to comment freepost suggestion cards are available at local offices, libraries, bus stations and community centres. Fife Bus staff are also handing out the postcards to the passengers on the Dial a Ride and Ring & Ride buses.
Fife Council needs to take climate change seriously and spend at least 10% of the annual transport infrastructure costs on footpaths and cycle paths.
I can see no reason why secondary school buses should exist. Running a bus service to the schools is necessary, but why can't these be timetabled and used by the general public as well? Schoolchildren would be safer and less prone to bullying if there were adults on the bus.
Thank you for your comments and taking the time to contribute. School buses are registered local services therefore anyone can use them, not just school pupils.
I appreciate the need to provide school transport; that's a given. However, it has always irritated me that, rather than add extra buses for those school runs (for which I presume they receive a subsidy), the companies (i.e. Stagecoach and Bay Travel) remove public services during this period and amend their timetables to accommodate the absence of transport for the rest of us in the morning and the afternoon. Providing the usual service during those school runs would be extremely helpful, particularly as many people travel to work at the same time as kids are being taken to school. Get rid of that little abbreviation on the timetable which indicates "during school holidays only".
I think all public transport must be improved. I use buses everyday and they are constantly late therefore I am then late to work. tickets are too expensive compared to prices say 5 years ago. No one wants to use the buses or trains because the way they work is ridiculous . So nothing is really working well I would say. better prices means more people more people means less cars.
Thank you for your response. With regards to the buses being late, if you could give more information I’d like to investigate further (please email Travel.Fife@fife.gov.uk). Bus companies offer a range of multi journey tickets which are great value for money and they have recently extended the ABC ticket. This allows passengers to travel between different operators using a single ticket.
Fife Wide Bus Pass can`t be used on journeys Kelty to Cowdenbeath. The reason being Stagecoach issue the passes and Bay Travel operate the Kelty to Cowdenbeath route and do not accept the Bus Passes . Kelty residents are being penalised when using passes to travel to Cowdenbeath ,they have to get a Stagecoach Bus to Halbeath P&R or Dunfermline BS to get a connecting Stagecoach bus to Cowdenbeath. This is adding at least 1/2 hour to their journey. Many students travelling to Fife College, Glenrothes from Kelty are being effected by this,paying £82.00 for a 4 week Fife Wide Student Bus Ticket which can`t be used on journeys to Cowdenbeath. The College Bus leaves Cowdenbeath, they are either having to pay Bay Travel additional Bus Fare to travel to Cowdenbeath or add another 1/2 hour onto their journey travelling to Dunfermline, same on return. The Bus pass is expensive enough without having to pay additional fares. Bay Travel accept Concessionary Passes should be no different!
Thank you for taking the time to contribute. Bus companies sell their own tickets which unfortunately aren’t transferable. In this area the One Ticket is available for use on all bus services in Fife. Bus operators and Transport Scotland are currently working on rolling out the ABC bus ticket - All Bus Companies ticket, to the rest of Fife. This will allow passengers to purchase of a single ticket which is valid on all operator’s services.
The National Entitlement Card (concessionary passes) allows disabled and elderly people in Scotland who meet the scheme eligibility criteria to travel for free on the nation’s bus networks with the operators being reimbursed by Transport Scotland.