Collaborative legislation process
Fife has a great deal of people who struggle to get to appointments. I am particularly interested in those trying to access drug and alcohol services. These services can be hard to get to. I would like to see the introduction of a "recovery pass" to help people attend appointments and reduce social isolation.
Fife needs more integration with service to and from Towns like Kirkliston, Livingston etc: not everyone wants/ needs to just go to or via Edinburgh. People come to Fife to work from Kirkliston, Queensferry and Livingston and vice versa.
Yes, there are some good bus services that run across multiple council areas - like the Stagecoach 23 between St Andrews and Stirling via Kinross and Dollar - it currently only runs once every 3 hours - it would probably be much better used and more useful if it could rune once an hour - could Fife, Stirling and Perth & Kinross councils get together and agree a joint subsidy to bring this improvement about? Doing so would benefit all the councils along the route?
Thank you for your feedback. Feedback like this is invaluable when planning and establishing new journeys and routes with the bus companies.
Fife's buses aren't the best. As someone who has to reach Edinburgh once a week and also have to get to towns like Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes from Leven it's just slow using the bus. In my mind something like a tram or metro service would work really well in Fife as a lot of the major towns are quite far apart. This will help people who can't just drive get around. I know money is a huge factor in this but I could see it being very popular - maybe even more popular than the already used bus service. It would definitely help people get around Fife.
In an ideal world all public transport would be free, and no one would have any need for a car. Climate change needs to be at the heart of future public transport planning. To be fit for purpose public transport must be affordable and accessible, cycle routes must be safe and commonplace. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Fife. Bus travel is extortionate- a return trip between Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy for work, a relatively short journey of around 15-20minutes costs £8.40. This is more expensive than travelling by car. We need to reverse this to incentivise the public to use public transport over cars. Increase road tax and increase subsidies for bus travel- bring the prices down and raise the standard of service. It should not be cheaper to travel by car than bus. There a 2 reasons people choose to drive rather than bus: price and unreliable service: buses are expensive and regularly late or cancelled. It's frankly not good enough.
1) Cycle paths next to rural roads (i.e. paths created on the grassland or whatever is next tot he roads). It is far to scary for the majority of people living or travelling through rural areas to even think about cycling on these roads.
2) More pop-up repair shops to deal with bike repairs as this is also a huge turn-off; we invested our energies into using a bike to only then get three punctures in a row :(
3) I have been trying to figure out why I feel happy using trains but no longer buses really. I think the answer may be communication; on trains we are kept informed through electronic means and staff about cancellations, delays and due times etc. There is no easy equivalent for buses. I have memories of buses just not turning up in my younger years and couldn't be doing with that now if I have the option.
4) Incentives for using electric cars (and research into eco-friendly recycling of their batteries)
5) Investment into community car-share schemes.
Increasing the frequency of bus services makes them more useful and so encourages more use. You only have to look at the 99 St Andrews - Leuchars - Dundee service - there are 8 buses an hour and very well used. Passengers don't need to know the timetable, they can just pop out to the stop and know there will be a bus along in 7 or 8 minutes. Where buses are hourly and you have to change to another hourly bus to get to your destination it makes planning more difficult and the bus journey less inviting. Encouraging an increase in frequency of services would help more people to use the bus and get more cars off the road improving traffic for all.
From Crail the dream would be to have two buses an hour in each direction - indeed in the mornings towards Anstruther even one bus an hour would be good - this could be done by a shuttle bus between Anstruther and St Andrews via Crail - if it was timed to connect with the X60 in Anstruther so much the better - however, I suspect that residents of Colinsburgh, Kilconquhar and Lower Largo would also like two buses an hour - and the residents of Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monans and Elie would appreciate 3 buses an hour - so a simpler solution might just be to double the frequency of the 95 service to twice an hour from 6am to 6pm. (Reading a local transport history book there was a time in the 1930s or so when the equivalent bus did run every half hour.) To extend this idea to the rest of Fife: wherever a bus service is subsidised in the evenings then an increase in daytime frequency to the next number of buses per hour should also be subsidised...
Regarding Park and ride services. I think they have become over-used by those going on holiday. Some leave their cars for weeks while they are away which takes up spaces that could be used for daily commuters. As a fair and an economic measure I believe it would be prudent to separate the daily commuting area from the long term parking area. Then put a nominal charge: say £2.00 per day on the long term parking area to recover some income for the council that could be returned to transportation. After all, at the moment it is totally free for those going on holiday if this was not available they would need to pay a commercial parking company. So a nominal charge should be acceptable and if not and they decided to park elsewhere it would free up spaces for daily use.
Real time displays at the main stops such as Bus/train stations, town centres, Hospitals and Colleges
Help make all train stations fully accessible to everyone and with connection to the bus network such as the 99's Leuchars to St Andrews
I think the possibility of a new railway routes to other places such as Dundee, Stirling and Glasgow (Leven and St Andrews in future when lines reopen)
How about building better cycle route not just a bike painted onto a path that lead you into shelters and random street clutter and not have to give way to every side if you could increase cycling to schools and towns and cut the budget on school transportation in long run if you can get more kids to cycle to school from different towns for example building a route from Cardenden at the side of the railway to Lochgelly High School could provide a safe alternative to buses.
People need to be able to afford to travel to work, to shop and for leisure purposes. We need to encourage more environmentally friendly travel. I am aware that some countries have experimented with free public transport. Personally I would like to see this to encourage people out of their cars - so a free travel ticket allowance might be given to those not owning a car. Surveys have shown that free travel would encourage a significant percentage 10-15% to give up car use I believe. Public transport does not always go where we want it to so this could not be a complete solution. A number of individuals and cycle groups contact me to request safer cycle paths and options to encourage cyclists - again to encourage people out of their cars and to bring about mental and physical health benefits. However, not all roads are safe and at the moment many buses do not allow cyclists to travel on them .This needs to change if cycling is to be encouraged and if we cannot provide cycle paths.
In an ideal world transports should be free. Or, a very minimal amount for integrated travel. A much more comprehensive coverage and more frequent time tabling. With centralization of medical services within Scotland people often have to travel outwith Fife to access treatments and at the moment it can be very costly in bus, train fares as well as time consuming. All local authorities have to look outwith their own area when it comes to transport. It should be a national effort to ensure a national service not just a very parochial one.