Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has called on Stagecoach East Scotland to reconsider their recent decision to axe the number 23 bus route connecting Stirling and St. Andrews.

The number 23 route directly connects Stirling to St Andrews via Dollar, Kinross and Cupar, serving rural communities where public transport options remain limited.

Following the coronavirus lockdown, public transport services across Scotland have begun to adjust to the new normal, with reduced capacity and increased public hygiene measures. 

In a letter to Stagecoach East Scotland Commercial Director Douglas Robertson, Mr Crawford has highlighted the importance of such services to commuters and residents alike.

Bruce Crawford added:

‘It’s no secret the public transport sector has faced challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But as workplaces, schools and general life has begun to adopt a new normal, it’s vital public transport remains an option for commuters and residents.

‘Whilst local authorities and the Scottish Government have encouraged active travel, and the uptake of methods such as cycling has been robust, bus travel remains a lifeline for several rural communities across Stirling and Central Scotland.

‘I urge Stagecoach to go back to the drawing board, carry out further consultation with communities and local authorities, and find a solution that serves both their customers and our communities.’

Attached is a pdf of the letter sent to Douglas Robertson, Stagecoach East Scotland Commercial Director