Expansion of ABC multi operator ticket

Bus travel in East Fife is as easy as ABC

• Multi-operator bus ticket comes to Fife
• New travel zone for North East Fife, including Glenrothes and Levenmouth
• Partnership approach provides new smart ticket options

The ABC bus ticket scheme, already available in Dundee, is coming to Fife this week, providing new ticket options for less.

Bus operators have once again joined forces to offer an unlimited travel, smart bus ticket to people who need to use more than one bus company to make their journey. The existing ABC bus scheme is already available in Dundee and offers adult and child versions of the multi-operator ticket, which is accepted on any Moffat & Williamson, Stagecoach or Xplore Dundee bus.

The three bus operators have now extended the scheme into Fife, offering two new ticket zones for passengers in Dundee and East Fife. The three zones available from 3 June will be the existing Dundee zone, a new East Fife zone and a third area which combines Dundee and East Fife. The development means that bus users can connect up their journeys using more than one operator, or continue onward journeys using another service, without paying for separate tickets.

The new East Fife zone covers travel from the Tay Road bridge, south to include St Andrews and the East Neuk, Leven and as far east as Glenrothes, Strathmiglo, Auchtermuchty and Newburgh.
The ABC ticket scheme is making smart bus travel even easier. Tickets are loaded onto a smartcard – a durable card which is ‘read’ by the ticket machine on the bus and can be used time and time again.

ABC, which stands for All Bus Companies, has already facilitated almost 100k passenger journeys since it was launched in Dundee in 2016. The expansion into Fife, now provides even more journey opportunities, making bus travel more affordable and even easier with just one ticket required.
ABC tickets are valid for 1 day or 7 days and can be purchased for an adult or a child. Most tickets can be bought from the driver by loading an existing smartcard with the product, or customers can buy ABC tickets at Seagate bus station in Dundee, the Xplore Dundee travel shop on Commercial St Dundee, or at St Andrews bus station.

The partnership also involves Dundee City Council and Fife council, and is supported by Transport Scotland and Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme funding.

Lets talk………about supported bus journeys in Mid-Fife

Residents of Mid Fife are being asked to share information about how and why they use local bus services as part of a consultation running from Monday 20 May – Sunday 30 June 2019.

The Council spends just over £4 million a year to support Fife bus services which otherwise wouldn’t be commercially viable for the operators to run.

The following bus services in Mid Fife are fully or partly subsidised by the council:

B1, 36, M4, 11, 12, 14A, 14, 108, 13, 13A, 32, 32A, 33B, 37, 37A, 41B, 43A, 44A, 45, 49, 66, 66A, 67, 67A, 67B

We are urging people who use buses in Mid Fife to get involved in the consultation.

As a council we fund buses on routes, or at times, when it may not make good business sense to run a service, but where it would cause a real problem for communities to be without them. These tend to be mainly evening and weekend services or day time services serving smaller, rural communities.

Over two million journeys are made around Fife each year on buses that the council pay for, so it’s really important we review them regularly to make sure they’re still meeting people’s needs.

This consultation is not about the customer service people receive from bus operators. This is about understanding where people are travelling to and from when they take the bus in Mid Fife, the facilities they need to visit, and the times they need – or would prefer – to travel. This information will be used when we renew the contracts for subsidised services in the area in August 2020.

You can take part in the consultation from Monday 20 May in a number of ways:

  • Go to www.fifedirect.org.uk/BusSurvey
  • Pick up a questionnaire from Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy or Leven bus stations
  • Look out for people surveying passengers on the bus services listed above
  • Call 03451 55 55 555 ext 444371 to have a questionnaire sent to you

 Bus passengers in the South and West of Fife were consulted in the same way last year, and those in North and East Fife will be consulted next year in line with the contracts we have in place with operators.

Stagecoach Fares and Ticket Zone Revision from Sunday 31 March Across Fife

From Sunday 31 March, Stagecoach will made an amendment to their fares and ticket zones in Fife.

Single, return, dayrider and megarider fares will be revised (all student/U19 tickets, the nightrider ticket (£3) and the Edinburgh 12 journey ticket (£35) will remain at current prices).

Zone Changes

  • The North East Fife ticket zone will be expanded to cover Glenrothes, Leven and services into Dundee City Centre
  • The Fife+ zone will be expanded to cover services into Perth

View the new Fife+ zone map

View the new North East Fife zone map

Bus Service Changes – Monday 26th November

Stagecoach are making amendments to their commercial bus network on Monday 26th November.  Information on the changes can be found the Stagecoach website.

These changes are primarily due to passenger comments and suggestions following the changes which happened in the summer.

The main item with this change is the withdrawal of service X2 (Ferrytoll, Duloch, Amazon)  which is being withdrawn due to low passenger numbers.  However to allow for continued access between Masterton Road / Lapwing Drive and Ferrytoll P&R, Bay Travel have agreed to divert service 89 for the early morning and early evening journeys .

 

Bus service changes – Monday 13 August 2018

There will be bus service changes on Monday 13th August. These changes are mainly due to the award of Fife Councils North Fife Tender, where Moffat & Williamson won some of the routes currently operated by Stagecoach.

Stagecoach are also taking the opportunity to amend timetables throughout Fife, due to passenger feedback received from previous consultations. Bay Travel are also amending service 13 and service 18. A summary of the changes for each of the operators can be found by clicking here.

Timetables should be available at the beginning of August. The timetables will also be available online via the Stagecoach, Moffat & Williamson and Bay Travel website.

Public transport – smartcard and travel research

Transport Scotland and Scotland’s public transport stakeholders are looking to learn more about passenger preferences for smart travel – specifically your preferences when it comes to smart ticketing, smartcards, contactless payment or mobile apps.

They are seeking views of both concession and non-concession travellers – whether you currently use paper or a smart ticket or payment option.

Clicking here will take you to the short survey.

Fife Council Kick Start Services

Fife Council were successful obtaining grant funding from the Smarter Choices Smarter Places (SCSP) initiative. SCSP is a Scottish Government scheme to encourage and develop sustainable and active travel throughout communities.
Following feedback received from Local Communities and transport operators, Fife Council has introduced the kick-start journeys listed below.  These kick-start projects are designed to provide short term funding with the anticipation that these journeys become commercially viable over a period of time.
We have added Sunday journeys to this service which will be operated by Stagecoach.  Bay Travel will continue to operate the Monday to Saturday journeys.  Bay Travel tickets will be accepted on the Stagecoach-operated Sunday journeys.
On this service additional journeys have been added from Kincardine to Ferrytoll Park and Ride and Inverkeithing in the morning at 0604 & 0654.  Three journeys from Inverkeithing and Ferrytoll Park and Ride in the evening at 1740, 1800 & 1840.  The 1740 journey operates to Cairneyhill and 1800 & 1840 journeys extend beyond Crombie to Kincardine on request.
 This service will provide direct links between Duloch Park, Camdean and Rosyth Health Centre, running hourly Monday to Friday from morning until mid-afternoon.
This service will provide new direct links between Saline, Steelend, Dunfermline and the Marine Harvest site in Rosyth, as well as links to Ferrytoll Park and Ride.  The service runs Monday to Friday to match the Marine Harvest shift times.
We have maintained the 0914 Mountfleurie to Leven Monday to Friday, although this journey now runs 10 minutes earlier.  A new Monday to Friday journey from Mountfleurie at 0704 to Leven has also been introduced.
This service will be extended to Rosyth in the evenings and Sundays in an effort to provide connections with Edinburgh services.
 Travel Information is available on the Traveline Scotland website or by calling 0871 200 22 33.  If you want to see the route your bus takes, this can be done by using the interactive mapping on the journey planning page of Travel Fife