Alastair Majury on C48 Update
Long suffering passengers of the C48 bus service will see a new and improved timetable introduced on w/c 22nd April. After Council Officers working closely with First Bus and local Councillors Douglas Dodds and Alastair Majury this timetable revision allows connections with evening trains where possible, an additional journey to Ochiltree in the afternoon, utilises the turning point on Kippendavie, and continues to serve Ashfield in both directions.
C48 users will see two new bus stops replacing the temporary bus stop that has been in place since April 2018, the bus shelter on Rylands Rd will be moved to the turning circle on Kippendavie Rd, and an additional stop will be created on Kippendavie just past the junction with Rylands Rd. The original Rylands Rd stop that was removed due to safety concerns.
Although the C48 petition originally brought to the Environment & Housing Committee has now been closed, local councillors Alastair Majury and Douglas Dodds have been working with council officers to make further improvements, including previously hosting a public meeting with First Bus.
Last September they secured a new bus shelter on the Old Doune Rd, and improved the bus shelter on Wallace Rd. They have also worked closely with officers to ensure that a revised timetable better meets the needs of commuters, considering ScotRail’s May timetable changes. Unfortunately, the temporary bus stop at the foot of Kippendavie Rd has remained longer than anyone would have liked, and has caused ongoing complaints from the community.
Local Councillor Alastair Majury Said:
“Whilst I am disappointed that we have been unable to restore the Rylands Rd, I am pleased that council officers working with Cllr Dodds and myself have made improvements to the C48 service. It is important that the much-needed timetable improvements will be introduced as soon as possible. I will continue to listen to resident’s feedback and work to further improve the service where possible.”
Stirling Council: (Supporting Council’s Ryland’s Road Decision)
Further to the email below I have now received an update from colleagues that were carrying out assessments on the possibility of introducing a safe turning circle at Rylands Road.
An Autoturn simulations have been carried out (based on a 9 m long bus as used on the route) and the assessment is that it would be a tight squeeze for the bus to get round any turning circle constructed. A significant amount of the grassed area (where the bus shelter currently sits) would require to be removed along with the footpath running adjacent to the carriageway. This would still leave a very tight turn which would be impossible to make if there were cars parked in the area as the manoeuvre is only possible if there is an unobstructed approach to the turning area.
Stirling Council: (News confirming new timetable date)
Further to the email I sent yesterday, I can now confirm that the revisions to the timetable as outlined have been agreed with First and we are working towards an implementation date of w/c 22 April subject to the timetable being accepted by the Traffic Commissioner. Note this timetable revision allows connections with evening trains where possible, an additional journey to Ochiltree in the afternoon, utilises the turning point on Kippendavie and continues to serve Ashfield in both directions.