Collaborative legislation process
Better integration of public transport (locations, times), digital displays at all main bus stops and affordable fares.
Electric/hydrogen buses and taxis need supported but be wary of support/subsidy for individual electric vehicles likely to benefit more affluent sections and does not really address attendant problems such as congestion, pollution (from tyres, etc)
Nudging or squeezing car users is happening (less, charged parking spaces, bus lanes) and needs to increase but alongside the corresponding improvements in public transport. Discourage (even mildly penalise) parents driving kids to and from school - not good for anyone's health.
Get as much freight off the roads and onto rail which also means, in some places, better small port infrastructure.
Develop an extensive cycle/mobility network within and between towns which is separated from road users, and perhaps takes some of their space.
In the East Neuk there are alot of people who just travel between the villages or to St Andrews and Leven. Currently their only choice for a weekly pass is one that costs £28.70 (North East Fife) or £31.00 (Fife Plus) (for adults). Equivalent for central Fife is £21.50. Then a monthly ticket for East Fife is at a much better price (£91.50) or £115.40 for a Fife Plus, where as the central Fife ticket is only £83.00. Why is the North East Fife ticket more expensive, and it would be great if it included Kirkcaldy (instead of Glenrothes?) as that is where the main hospital is. Free public transport is definitely the dream goal but even then many folk just do not like the inconvenience of public transport - even with all the apps we have these days which make using it so easy and streamlined.
I have just started reading - Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez. It has some interesting observations /insights about town planning and travel routes in the first few chapters (as far as I've got so far) that I believe are relevant to DREAM! Worth taking a look as part of the process.
I would like to see subsidised travel for families affected by imprisonment to enable them to visit their family member in prison. Given Fife has no prison, all families impacted in Fife require to travel across multiple Council areas which is no mean feat and that's before you consider travelling with children, potential mobility or mental health issues that may make this even harder as well as having to plan for the set and strict arrival times that prisons operate. At a time when the family income has generally significantly reduced but expenditure has gone up, I think it would be great for Fife Council to be forward thinking in terms of how it can support these families to stay connected and reduce some of the logistical difficulties they may be facing in terms of visiting and maintaining that family connection which, research has shown, is so beneficial for everyone, the community included in terms of reduced re-offending rates. Families serve the sentence too.
In an ideal world, Buses need to be frequent, affordable, and fast. Town services need to be just that, town services, not ‘country’ routes acting as town services eg the X37 in Kirkcaldy, a service that should terminate at the Bus Station and not meander beyond your to the retail park.
Services serving other towns for example 33, 39 etc should be Limited Stop within the towns to help speed up the out of town links where ‘town services’ overlap.
The number of buses going about with either nobody on them or a couple of people on them is vast. What sense does it make running such large buses when there are so many unused seats?
Undertake usage/capacity studies on all routes and size buses accordingly.
In an ideal world the price of bus transportation would be lower or free. As it stands Fife needs to save money so things like dial a ride should have a small fee like 2.00 , school bus pass should only be for higher mileage in distance, 2 miles is easily walkable and we need to change attitudes on that. It would be wise to monitor those with companion bus passes. If they are not using the companion often then they should be replaced with a single concession pass. Perhaps encourage families to travel by giving better family rates on tickets.
Potential Hydrofoil ferry services to Newhaven from Burntisland, Kirkcaldy or Methil
7) MUCH MORE affordable trains (and buses).
They need to be significantly cheaper than going by car.
Apparently rail fares to Fife are among the highest per mile in the country. that's an anomaly that needs rectified
Could we have some Edinburgh bound buses running through Duloch from Halbeath Park and Ride? This would help alleviate some of the recent parking issues there. It's a relatively small detour for maybe one bus an hour to make.
Thank you for taking the time to contribute. Stagecoach introduced service X52 in July from Duloch to Edinburgh. The timetable can be found on the Stagecoach website.