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Posted on 11 Nov 2022
The Fife Bus Partnership is working to improve the bus network across Fife, for residents, businesses, and visitors alike. The project aims to make it easier and more attractive to take the bus in Fife because at the moment, it is not as easy or convenient as we would like it to be.
The Fife Bus Partnership is made up of:
Bus Partnership Fund
As part of its response to the climate emergency, the Scottish Government provided a long-term investment of over £500 million through the Bus Partnership Fund to deliver targeted bus priority measures on local and trunk roads. This is intended to reduce the negative impacts of congestion on bus services and address the decline in bus patronage.
The Fife Bus Partnership was successful if gaining funding from this fund and has appointed transportation consultant WSP to develop suitable options following Transport Scotland's STAG process (Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance). The project aims to make the bus experience better in Fife, by making bus travel quicker and more reliable, and improving transport connections to jobs and other important destinations. This will help to reduce carbon emissions associated with transport to help address climate change by encouraging a change from car to bus. It will also encourage new people in our communities to consider using sustainable transport.
Reduced delays along bus routes meaning buses arrive on time
Improve access to bus by improving connections between bus services and other rail and active travel networks
Increase bus attractiveness by reducing journey times to key destinations
We are looking at 5 bus corridors in Fife:
Glenrothes to Leven
Cupar to Kirkcaldy
St Andrews to Kirkcaldy
Kincardine to Cowdenbeath
Dunfermline to Ferrytoll
In addition, the St Andrews to Dundee corridor is being assessed by the Tayside Bus Alliance.
A bus corridor is a road or series of roads between two places that is used by at least one or more bus services for either part or the whole of their route. These corridors were chosen because they connect the areas where the most people live and where we are aware of problems that cause delays and to the reliability of bus services in these areas.
The appraisal process is well underway and to date we have carried out 2 public consultations. The results of Phase 1 consultation can be found here and the results of Phase 2 consultation can be found here.
Further information on the project itself and the bus corridors being accessed found here.