Let’s talk about transporting people

Fife Council is starting a long-term engagement process in order to increase public participation in designing core services and deciding how a significant portion of its budget is spent.

We’re asking residents to find out more about the passenger transport services we provide, which help people travel around Fife for a variety of reasons. We invest £22 million each year in these services.

Over the year ahead, we want Fifers to help us explore whether resources could be used differently, for better results. This is about working together to design the best solutions for the future.

We’ve published a range of information to help people understand what we invest in at the moment, and why we think it’s important

http://our.fife.scot/transportingpeople

This includes supported local bus services, rail concessions, school transport and demand responsive transport.

  • Right now, people have a chance to understand the impact these services have on Fifer’s lives, how much they cost and to tell the council what they think already works well, or to ask questions about the services.
  • In October and November, we’ll ask what solutions people would like to see in an ideal world. This will involve an interactive online conversation where residents will be able to rate and comment on each other’s ideas, as well as face to face conversations with transport users.
  • Early in 2020, we’ll start to consider how ‘the dream’ matches up with policy, legislation, existing contracts and other practicalities, so that we can refine ideas and gather some more specific feedback.
  • Later in 2020, we’ll put some concrete options up for a vote.

This is not a traditional consultation process. Several phases of engagement, including opportunities to get involved offline as well as online, will explore a complex set of services, which are inextricably linked to other public services and wider aspects of community life.  This is one of the ways in which we are taking forward participatory budgeting (PB) in Fife.  This is a new approach for councils and we will be learning from it as we go.  You can find out more about PB, and what we’re aiming to achieve through https://pbscotland.scot/charter

Please encourage your family, friends and local communities to look out for information and get involved.

The first phase of the exercise is live now, with information available at http://our.fife.scot/transportingpeople

To join online debates and submit feedback Fifers need to register with a new citizen participation platform, ‘Let’s Talk about our Fife’. This online platform is being developed by COSLA for Scottish councils to use. It will increasingly allow councils to open up debates and gather feedback, as well as letting residents share ideas and submit proposals, comment on other people’s input and participate in votes and polls. Through the various sections of the system, citizen-generated ideas can lead to actions by Fife Council and partners.

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.

CLEAR Buckhaven Autumn Cycling Events

CLEAR  Buckhaven host a weekly cycling event, alternating between a led ride and a bike repair session. These events are free to attend, so just turn up and enjoy some autumn cycling or give your bike some TLC.

Dates for your diary –

Email CLEAR Buckhaven for more details ( clearfife@aol.com ) or check their Facebook page. 

Schoolfest Leven WoW Launch Saturday 7th September

Mountfleurie, St Agatha’s and Parkhill primary schools in Leven are hosting Schoolfest this Saturday 7th September in the grounds of St Agatha’s. They are promising a fantastic family fun day, and all are welcome to this free event.

Living Streets WoW programme will be launched and Bikeability will be there with the smoothie bike, so look out for us there!

 

North Fife Cycling – Survey about Safer Cycling between Newport and Wormit and that part of the ‘Tay Coast Loop’

North Fife Cycling have been asked to contribute comments to a discussion about cycling safety along the coast road between Newport and Wormit.

Whether you cycle this as local active travel and commuting, for health and enjoyment or this is part of a longer cycle trip around North Fife and the  ‘Tay Loop’ your quick comments will be very welcome.

Please reply before noon on Wednesday 4th September – I will look at comments received then for a meeting the next day.

After that date if you still fill in this survey it will still be helpful for gathering a wider range of views.

 

Full survey  https://forms.gle/kuA92C2Z2oLpZpYb7

this gives us the fullest range of comments

Short survey https://forms.gle/eJe72DvasGmTvfRV7

this may be a version easier to use if you are reading this on a mobile phone

 

Thank you!

Making Cycling Mainstream courses

Transition St Andrews are hosting free courses from Cycling Scotland to help make cycling mainstream with a structured programme of CPD accredited learning.

Link to the Cycling Scotland website – https://www.cycling.scot/our-programmes/training/making-cycling-mainstream

https://www.cyclinghub.scot/class-details/5617

https://www.cyclinghub.scot/class-details/5619

Dates for the first courses are –

Planning & Design (Foundation) September 17th (12-3pm)

Behaviour Change (Foundation) September 30th (12-3pm)

 

Contact Andrea Haveshaw by email if you would like to attend – aeah@st-andrews.ac.uk

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.