HOPES are high the much-missed ‘Ferry Circular’ will return to the streets of Broughty Ferry this August.
Dundee East MSP Shona Robison has been campaigning with her constituents, as well as Dundee Council’s City Development Department for the re-instatement of a circular bus route serving the town.
She said: “We previously held meetings with residents at Panmurefield, the bus companies and the council in the wake of the recent service changes to try to re-establish a ‘Ferry Circular’.
“While the cost of this seems to have been a stumbling block, positive aspects did emerge from those meetings which were to be re-visited and we took this up with the City Council in April.
“Now that the elections are over, I am pleased to hear in a reply today from the council that they have put the route out to tender and hope that the bus operators will provide competitive prices to allow the council to fund improved public transport in Broughty Ferry.”
It is now hoped that service can resume sometime after August 15.
Currently there is no off-peak bus service covering the central Broughty area, and it is hoped the ‘Ferry Circular’ would address the needs of local businesses.
Ms Robison explained: “The local community and Broughty traders are behind the need for a local ‘shopper’ service which covers the expanding eastern suburb of Panmurefield and the Broughty and West Ferry loop.
“Many people have contacted me since the original services were withdrawn to say they would support a Ferry Circular and I remain convinced that a new service would prove viable.”
She added that Stagecoach Strathtay had expressed their intention to review operation of the no.88 and National Express were looking to increase the frequency of the Service 5 route from August 15.