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DISCOVER: Thinking about passenger transport services (including School transport, subsidised bus services, door to door transport, and concessionary travel), what's currently working well in Fife?

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  • Fee Lyne
    Fee Lyne  • 2019-10-02 18:04:34

    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.

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  • lindsay
    lindsay  • 2019-10-09 14:58:03

    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

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        Moderator #3  • 2019-10-23 10:41:18

        Thank you for your feedback. Feedback like this is invaluable when planning and establishing new journeys and routes with the bus companies.

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  • Alan Giles
    Alan Giles  • 2019-09-25 08:48:43

    Subsidised bus services in an evening and on Sundays here in Crail are good at reducing the need for car journeys. They are much the simplest way of visiting St Andrews or Anstruther for hassle free shopping. But, I recently came across an example of a Crail resident with an 8am appointment at St Margarets Hospital in Dunfermline - it's impossible to get to Dunfermline that early from Crail with the current bus service. The same would be true for an 8am appointment at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. Would it therefore be an idea to also subsidise extra bus journeys early in the morning say 1 journey on each subsidised route an hour before the commercial service starts - it would help get people to hospital and work who would otherwise have to rely on cars.

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      • Ak
        Ak  • 2019-11-01 12:11:56

        I think it’s important for people to be able to get direct public transport from major centres of population to their main hospital. At the moment I think it’s impossible to go from Cupar direct to the Victoria hospital in Kirkcaldy. The quickest way is train then bus but that is a difficult journey for many elderly people.

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        Moderator #3  • 2019-09-27 16:13:12

        Thank you for your feedback. Feedback like this is invaluable when planning and establishing new journeys and routes with the bus companies.

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  • Anya
    Anya  • 2019-09-18 18:30:33

    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!)

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        Administrator #2  • 2019-09-24 13:14:45

        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.

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  • Fee Lyne
    Fee Lyne  • 2019-10-02 17:57:47

    Subsidised bus journeys – the commercial bus companies don’t want to run these routes for a reason – not enough people travel on them to make them a viable option. And you can see why, big empty diesel guzzling buses driving round our streets in the evenings and weekends with barely a solitary soul on board. It does beg the question why single or double deckers are being used on these routes when surely a minibus or even a car would be more appropriate.

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      • Alan Giles
        Alan Giles  • 2019-10-03 14:08:23

        But it's good to know that these buses are there - if plans run late - if your car has to be left at the garage overnight - if you are not well enough to drive - it's good that there are buses there running late into the evening that will take you home

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  • Ceres user
    Ceres user  • 2019-11-27 15:53:52

    Hi there I live in the village of Ceres where there are a lot of very elderly people who depend on public transport. Two bus services have just been removed. One from Ceres to Cupar and one Cupar via Ceres to Victoria Hospital. Now I witnessed a 90+ year old lady who needed to get to Cupar Hospital to get her flu injection. She lives at the Bridgend part of the village. The bus service used to have three stops along this side but now she has to walk the length of the main street to the bus stop next to the village green to catch a bus, which drops her off in Cupar, then she would have to walk the hill to the Hospital. The question I would like to ask is could you consider adding on a route to Go-Flexi that will take in this section of the village. I live outside the village on the Lundin links road about 1/2 to 1 mile outside the village and I can access the Go Flexi Bus to take me to Cupar, St. Andrews or Leuchars and if the route included Bridgend pick up this would assist a lot.

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        Moderator #3  • 2019-12-04 11:52:17

        Go-flexi service is available for residents of Ceres. This can be booked by calling 01382 540624.

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  • John B
    John B  • 2019-11-23 13:12:35

    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

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        Moderator #3  • 2019-12-04 11:59:44

        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.

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  • Crimboqueen
    Crimboqueen  • 2019-11-21 13:11:44

    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

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        Moderator #3  • 2019-12-04 12:00:26

        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.

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  • KSL5575
    KSL5575  • 2019-11-21 10:42:11

    I don't think over 60's still in full time work should be issued bus passes. There are young people struggling to get full time work, and yet have to pay full price to get them to work, yet those in often good jobs at management level that have chosen not to retire, are given free travel.

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  • Nic
    Nic  • 2019-10-22 14:48:13

    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!

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        Moderator #3  • 2019-11-08 17:48:17

        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.

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