New bus services welcomed

NEWLY-ELECTED SNP councillor for The Ferry Ward, Kevin Cordell, has welcomed the introduction of an additional later bus running on the 206 Broughty Ferry loop service and also welcomed the new late-night weekend service, the ‘Night Owl 5N’ that will link Dundee and Broughty Ferry.

He told the Guide & Gazette: “The 206 service was introduced last summer in conjunction with other new community focused services in the west of the city and it is entirely funded by the Council’s Bus Route Development Grant.

“The No. 206 has been working well and has been well received by locals linking as it does the shopping centres and residential areas of Broughty Ferry with the expanded Gardyne Road College Campus.

“The background to this was that Broughty Ferry and Panmurefield Village lost the number 13 / 14 bus service and locals fought a hard campaign to have a service returned to Panmurefield, in particular.

“That was why the council saw the need to fund new daytime services in Broughty Ferry and why we introduced the 206.”

Councillor Cordell continued: “This additional bus, the NXD, which is subject to tender, will run from 3 p.m. from Dobbies to Broughty and West Ferry and this later service will be quite convenient, allowing people to make longer shopping trips.

“The new weekend service, the Night Owl 5N, which will begin in the early hours of tomorrow (Saturday) will link Barnhill and Broughty Ferry with Dundee city centre and should prove popular with people going to clubs, pubs or the casinos. The buses run from just after 12.30 a.m. until around 3.30 p.m. and operate a range of saver fares.”

He concluded: “This new service is based on the popular 5 route. We are always looking at ways to improve and develop the bus services and would encourage local folk to use these new services as often as possible.”