Residents in rural locations who have been cut off by a lack of public transport options will see new investment from Stirling Council when a limited-time pilot scheme starts in December 2017.
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.
A new shopping bus will run on every 1st and 3rd Saturday connecting:
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 there is a demand for them to continue beyond the pilot period.”