BROUGHTY Ferry is to have a much needed bus route return to the town centre.
Councillors worked to persuade National Express to reintroduce the number 5 route linking Barnhill and Forthill with the centre of Broughty Ferry.
Changes to the timetable last year meant that the route cut out central Broughty Ferry, leaving many elderly residents unable to easily access the shopping district.
Since then Ferry councillors’ Rod Wallace and Derek Scott have been at the forefront of a local campaign to restore a regular service into the centre.
From August 15, as a result of the many representations made and after a review of the entire bus network, Dundee City Council will be introducing a Broughty Ferry shuttle bus that will operate Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Its route will take it from Ethiebeaton Park to Strips of Craigie Road via Barnhill, Forthill, central Broughty Ferry and West Ferry.
The shuttle bus is to be fully subsidised by the council and will be operated on its behalf by National Express.
Welcoming the new service councillor Wallace said: “It will allow residents the ability to enjoy the many facilities in Broughty Ferry without having to negotiate hills and bridges to get there.”
Councillor Scott said: “This is great news as we have been urging the council to support a Broughty shuttle bus for some time.
“The new service will operate on a wide loop, extending as far Craigiebank, so it has the potential to attract additional shoppers to Broughty Ferry which will be a welcome boost to Broughty Ferry traders”
To promote the new service the bus that will be used on the route will be on display in Brook Street on Wednesday, August 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Promotional material and timetables will be dispensed and these will also be available at Broughty Ferry and Barnhill Post offices and at the library.