Stirling Council is stepping in to help residents in rural locations who have been cut off by a lack of transport options with a range of new measures.
The £140,000 project includes a new shopping bus service and a social bus service to rural areas, an online transport booking service, and a youth scheme to help school pupils develop their own ideas to improve accessibility to rural areas.
As part of the project a new shopping bus will run on every 1st and 3rd Saturday from:
- Strathyre, to
A social bus from Stirling to Callander will be introduced every Friday and Saturday, while there will also be an early evening Friday/Saturday bus operating from Balfron,departing at 6.20pm, to improve the ability of residents to get to Stirling.
These new services, which are aiming to be operational in December, will be delivered until the end of March next year to test the level of demand for the services.
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The funding will also help develop a new improved Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) online booking service, which will allow users to manage their own bookings, make same day bookings, and receive text alerts confirming the DRT operator, phone number and fare.
Pupils from Balfron and McLaren High Schools, working in conjunction with Young Scot, will also be given the opportunity to develop their own ideas to overcome transport barriers in rural Stirling via a Youth Innovation Solution project.
Convenor of the Environment and Health Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson, said, “This package of measures was conceived after we held discussions with local communities, and is a great proactive response from the Council to help residents who we know struggle because of poor transport links. The new bus services in particular will offer a fantastic way for rural residents to access a greater range of services, from employment to health care and social events.
“Residents will benefit through both improved access to current transport and an extension to the existing services as we expand the geographic coverage and scope of transport in rural Stirling.
“It is now up to residents to make the most of these supportive measures and prove that thereis a demand for them to continue beyond the pilot period.”