As reported in the Stirling Observer on Wednesday 16th May, Dunblane residents were angry with the ongoing issues relating to the C48 bus service, and in particular the recent removal of the Rylands Road bus stop, which was confirmed at the April 12th Environment & Housing Committee when local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury asked officers if this stop was to be retained or be removed.
The decision was made as one of the issues highlighted as part of this assessment carried out by the council was a safety risk at Rylands Road due to the reversing manoeuvre within the middle of the housing estate. Since this review the council has received reports of parked vehicles making the manoeuvre more difficult in addition to an incident in March when a bus driver became stuck due to the difficulties of turning due to the parked cars. While no accident has taken place there, the council wished to eliminate the risk before a serious incident occurs. The solution identified was to remove the service from Rylands Road and provide an additional bus stop in Ochiltree and although the council realised that this would inconvenience some passengers we felt that safety was paramount.
Councillor Alastair Majury met with council officers on Wednesday 16th May and has been able to secure agreement that a temporary and then permanent bus stop be moved to the top of Kippendavie Road, that will utilise the existing turning circle on that road. In addition, Councillor Alastair Majury is continuing to be in regular dialogue with the C48 petitioner and other service users. After discussions with Councillor Alastair Majury, council officers will also look to amend the C48 timetable so that it aligns better with commuters returning from Edinburgh and Glasgow in the evening.
Local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“I am pleased that council officers recognise that moving Rylands Road stop to the bottom of Kippendavie Rd was unacceptable to C48 passengers and are taking action to rectify this, also their efforts to ensure that First bus continue to make improvements to this service.”
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.