Ross to host public meeting to discuss bus service issues in Moray

A PUBLIC MEETING has been called in Elgin to discuss issues that have arisen as a result of Stagecoach changing their timetable and cancelling some town services.

Douglas Ross MP is behind the move to host the meeting at St Giles Church on October 5 from 6.30pm, providing people with an opportunity to have their views heard on the issue.

Mr Ross said: “I have been contacted by a large number of constituents who have been left frustrated and in many cases stranded after bus timetables were changed earlier this year.

“I have been in touch with Moray Council, Stagecoach and local operators but with little success – which is why I have organised this public meeting to see if we can bring some resolution to this issue.”

Mark Whitelocks, managing director of Stagecoach, has agreed to attend the meeting along with representatives from Moray Council’s transport division. There will also be representatives in the form of local councillors and other bus providers.

The MP said: “In areas such as in Bishopmill in Elgin and Forbeshill in Forres and Roseisle, as well as some other areas of Moray, residents have been left with no way of getting into town.

“Other options such as the dial-a-bus service, which has to be booked in advance isn’t always suitable, especially if they need to access health services or have appointments. Taxis are an option but can be expensive if used regularly.

“A number of elderly residents also use the bus for social purposes, as it allows them to get into town to meet with friends and visit relatives. Most cannot afford to pay for a taxi on a regular basis, so unless they are within walking distance some are taking the decision to stay at home and their wellbeing could suffer as they become isolated or even housebound.”

All with an interest in bus services are invited to attend with Mr Ross adding: “My hope is by coming together for this meeting, the various agencies will understand the strength of feeling over this issue and hopefully we can find a solution.”