Electric coach service launching on 1 October

You may have been aware earlier in the year that a new fully electric coach service, the first in country, was being introduced between Dundee, Fife and Edinburgh.  Unfortunately, Covid-19 delayed the introduction of the service.  However I can now advise that the service is ready to commence on 1 October operated by an Operator called Ember who will be operating eight journeys per day in each direction, with stops in Inchture, Perth, Walnut Grove, Kinross P&R  and Rosyth, Admiralty Road, adj St Johns & St Columba’s Church.  The timetables for the E1 and E2 can be viewed by clicking here.

As well as being a fully accessible coach with wheelchair access, the ability to reserve a space for bicycles is also available.  

Concessionary cards are accepted for travel although Ember do advise that booking via the website is advised prior to travelling.  Fare paying passengers have the ability to purchase a ticket anytime up to the time of departure. 

Service changes from 28th September 2020

Stagecoach East Scotland –  Service changes from 28th September 2020

Service 4: Dunfermline – Oakley – Blairhall 

Minor timetable changes. 

Service 6: Crombie – Charlestown – Limekilns – Dunfermline 

Stagecoach hasn’t operated this service on a commercial basis since the lockdown and it is not their intention to reinstate the service due to low patronage.  As the removal of this service would mean there would be no bus services serving these areas the Council managed to keep a service running by diverting a resource form part of its subsidised network.  We are still looking at a long-term solution for this service but in the meantime, passengers should not notice any difference as the service will continue to operate as per the current timetable until further notice. 

View the current service 6 timetable. 
View the current service 6A timetable. 

Service 8/8A: Dunfermline – Culross / Alloa 

This service was extended to Falkirk in partnership with Fife Council and funded by Smarter Choices Smarter Places. The service relied on passenger numbers increasing each year. Due to the covid-19 pandemic passenger numbers are expected to stay below pre covid-19 levels for some time making this extension no longer viable. The 8A to Alloa will reroute to also serve Culross but will no longer service Clackmannan Main Street staying on Alloa Road. 

Fife Council supported Service 28 is still available for passengers wishing to travel beyond Culross to Falkirk.

 Service 19: Rosyth – Dunfermline – Halbeath P&R – Cowdenbeath – Ballingry 

Service frequency revised to operate every 15 minutes during the day. Route changed so service operates same route between Rosyth – Ballingry during the day serving Fife Leisure Park and Hill of Beath. Amazon journeys renumbered to 19A and Rosyth Dockyard journeys renumbered to 19D. 

 Service 23: St Andrews – Cupar – Auchtermuchty – Kinross – Dollar – Stirling 

This commercial service will be officially withdrawn however it should be noted that the service hasn’t operated since the 23rd March 2020/lockdown when many services were either reduced or halted.

This service was under review prior to the pandemic due to stagnant passenger numbers and increasing costs making the service operate at a significant loss and Stagecoach have confirmed that the service is no longer commercially viable despite attempts by the Council to keep it running.   We are still working with the other operators to try and come up with a solution to provide links between  Auchtermuchty, Strathmiglo and Gateside with Kinross.   

 Service 92: St Andrews (David Russell Apartments) – North Street 

This commercial service will be withdrawn. The service only operated during St Andrews University term time.  Stagecoach have advised that the usage has been decreasing for a number of years and again due to the pandemic this service cannot be continued to run at a loss.   Alternative services 42 and 99D continue to be available for passengers to use. 

The Monday to Friday school day journey from Leven bus station at 1445 will now depart 5 minutes earlier at 1440. 

Service X24/X26: St Andrews/Dundee – Glenrothes – Halbeath P&R – Dunfermline – Kincardine – Glasgow 

Revised timetable with the service no longer serving Glasgow Airport 

Service X27: Glasgow – Dunfermline – Halbeath – Kirkcaldy – Leven

The Saturday journey from Kirkcaldy bus station at 1835 has been withdrawn due to low usage. 

Service X55: Edinburgh – Rosyth – Dunfermline

Stagecoach have advised that the following Monday to Friday journeys are being withdrawn due to low usage: 

·         0659 from Dunfermline bus station 

·         0719 from Dunfermline bus station 

·         0739 from Dunfermline bus station 

·         1656 from Edinburgh bus station 

·         1716 from Edinburgh bus station 

·         1736 from Edinburgh bus station.

Kirkcaldy Cycling Festival Fun

Kirkcaldy Cycling Festival 
The second cycling festival ran from Saturday 22nd – Monday 31st August. It consisted of a mixture of small face-to-face activities and online events.
The week included a selection of led rides, including a family ride and one for ladies and non-binary people. Fife Council’s Bikeability CTA volunteers attended running 3 Bikeability games sessions.
The weather was dry and sunny, and nine participants attended over three sessions that day. The sessions started with some bike skills taught by Gary, who is a volunteer with Greener Kirkcaldy, and also a Bikeability volunteer. 
The cycling ability of those who took part varied from novice up to fairly confident cyclist. The bike skills part of the session gave the novice riders enough confidence to then enjoy a led ride around Beveridge Park.
In addition to that, two online events took place:
– Why Cycle? Local cyclists talked about their experiences of different types of cycling locally – from long distance road cycling to commuting by bike, and cycling the kids to school.
– Better Living through Pedalling – Lilith Cooper, author of Gears for Queers talked about how cycling has helped her mental health, and Nat Spring talked about how cycling helped him gain confidence after an accident, and inspired him to set up the 40 Days wellbeing challenge.
 There is more information here –