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.

Bus Service Changes – Monday 19th August 2019

There will be bus service changes on Monday 19th August.  The changes are mainly due to the commencement of Fife Council supported services for South Fife.  Clicking here will show a publication outlining the services in South Fife and will describe any changes.

Main changes are:

Service 20A  will operate via Lochore Meadows and will now be operated by Stagecoach.

Service 89 will change operator from Bay Travel to Stagecoach.

Service 18 Sunday journeys, will change operator from Stagecoach to  Bay Travel.

Service 71 88, F6 & 4B/C will change operator from Stagecoach to  Bay Travel.

Timetables will be available from bus stations within the next week and are currently available from the Bay Travel and Stagecoach websites.

Bay Travel are also amending service 13 to extend the service to Ballingry from West Wemyss via Lochgelly, Cardenden, Fife Central Retail Park continuing to Kirkcaldy Town Centre, Victoria Hospital, Dysart & West Wemyss.  The section of route between Ballingry and Fife Central Retail Park will be operated on a commercial basis.  The service  will continue to operate beyond West Wemyss to Leven as Service L3.

Moffat & Williamson are also making minor changes to service 64 and service 92.

Service 64 timetable is amended to improve reliability and will also incorporate Younger Gardens.

Service 92 will no longer extend to Younger Gardens and terminate at St Andrews Hospital as this area will be served by service 64.

WOMEN’S TOUR OF SCOTLAND – CYCLE RACE 9th August 2019

Friday 9th August 2019 will see Fife welcome the Inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland.     The first stage of the route starts in Dundee and will weave through Fife ending in Pittencreiff Park where it is expected to arrive between 2:45-3:30pm.

See here for the route – https://womenstourofscotland.com/route/stage-1/

THE FIRST EVER WOMEN’S TOUR OF SCOTLAND is set to be an outstanding world class permanent UCI calendar professional race fixture. The three day, three stage race will be contested by many of the top women’s teams in the world – plus the cream of Great Britain and Scotland’s female cycling talent.
They will be celebrating cycling over three days in five cities, and scores of towns and villages along the 350km route.

With an anticipated 100,000 spectators, the Tour will attract visitors, fans and cycling enthusiasts from across the UK, Europe and worldwide.

There will be a carnival atmosphere at each stage start and finish with family friendly activation zones, culminating on Sunday 11th August in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park.

 

The Taycoasters Social Cycling Ride Leaders Invite you to join them this coming Sunday.

June’s Taycoasters ride will be next Sunday, the 30th, starting at 2 pm at Tayport Harbour

There are hardly any hills on the route, but much of it is off-road, so the surface is a little rough in places; mountain bikes would be preferable to road bikes, but hybrids are fine and there is one intrepid member of the group who does this ride on her Brompton! 

David and Jim will be leading the ride out from Tayport with a café stop. Mainly along forest trails. If you want any further details please contact David Collison d.j.collison@dundee.ac.uk 

The forecast for Sunday is warm and sunny, with pedalling intervals.

 

Summer holiday fun for all the family

Over the summer holidays Fife Council Travel Planning team are running a competition that encourages the whole family to be active and get involved

How to join in?

  • Take a walk in one of these five fabulous Fife parks: Riverside Park, Letham Glen, Craigtoun County Park, Beveridge Park and Pittencrieff Park.
  • Look out for #striderrocks featuring the well known Living Streets Walk to School mascot
  • Take a photo of the #striderrocks you find and tag them on Twitter #Striderrocks @LStreetsScot
  • Re-hide any stones you find
  • Or get creative and design your own ~Striderrocks to hide and join in the fun

#Striderrocks Tweets posted by 21st August 2019 will be entered into a draw for some amazing prizes including a visit from Strider to their school.

E Bike Demo Session at Tentsmuir 14th June

Fife Cycle Centre are hosting an E-Bike demo day on Friday 14th June, 4pm to 6pm at Tentsmuir Forest.

We are holding an e-bike demo afternoon at Tentsmuir Forest car park next Friday between 4-6pm. 

There will be a wide selection of electric bikes available for you to demo free of charge. You can get your leg over e-road / e-mountain / e-hybrid and take them through their paces through the forest and on the roads. It’s a great opportunity for a prospective buyer to get a real feel of how e-bikes work and all the benefits they bring. Also existing owners may want to demo the latest tech! 

Everyone is welcome – will be a good laugh and a good chance to ride some really cool bikes. 

Dirt Crit series at Fife Cycle Park

Well done to our P5-7 cyclists who took part in round 2 of the Dirt Crit Series at Fife Cycle Park on Tuesday 21st May. They clocked in some great times and were a credit to their schools.

Over 80 pupils from Fife participated in the 2019 Primary School Dirt Crit Series organised by Active Schools Coordinators, Senior Outdoor Education Instructor Allan Dunlop and Lochore Meadows staff and Fife Cycle Park staff. The aim of the series was to increase opportunities to take part in competitive outdoor cycling while raising awareness of links to local community clubs and sessions.

Our Bikeability Coordinator Shealagh attended along with Cycle Fife to help raise the profile of Bikeability and get more people involved.

Bikeability and Cycle Fife staff at the Dirt Crit at Fife Cycle park 

EV charging point work at Halbeath Park and Ride!!

Works will commence at Halbeath Park & Ride on Monday 10th June to install 6 new twin 7kW trickle chargers, replacing the existing units.

There should be limited disruption to the 2 rapid chargers and the fast charger during these works.

We apologise for any inconvenience and are working with the contractor to have the facilities up and running as soon as physically possible.